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Writing with ADD ADHD? Is It Possible? — ADD Tip O the Day 691

Writing with ADD ADHD? It takes me a long time to write a book.  ADD ADHD does not help. I’m a lousy writer, so I need many drafts with many suffering reviewers helping along the way.  But I finally got The Bully … Continue reading

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Wrongness About ADHD? Who’s Wrong?— ADD Tip O the Day 688

All Wrong We’re thinking all wrong about ADHD,  Dr. Christakis, “a leading pediatrician,” says. “The current thinking in the field is that attentional capacity and skills do occur on a    continuum or spectrum.” He also says that in general, pediatrics … Continue reading

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Too Many Projects — ADD Tip O the Day 687

Creativity and ADD ADHD One of the many “gifts” of ADD ADHD is that we are creative.  Is it a blessing or a curse?  Doesn’t it depend on how we manage it? – if we manage it. I just read … Continue reading

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Flexibility and Perceptions with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 686

My ADD ADHD locks me into unpleasant things I needed to do my morning routine, and then exercise and shower, and then I had a         one  PM appointment.  I was feeling rushed – hate that feeling.  Then I realized there … Continue reading

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Willpower – with ADD ADHD? Who are you kidding? — ADD Tip O the Day 685

I recently posted Willpower #2  with ADD ADHD, which was supposed to come right after this one.  But somehow, this one never got posted.  Imagine that!  How in the world could such a thing have happened?   Willpower?  What’s that? … Continue reading

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Many, many, many things on my mind, with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 684

Three other things Often when I’m doing something, my mind is on three other things I need to be doing (or want to be doing.)  That’s ADD ADHD. Can anyone relate to this? Strategy Write the other three things down.  … Continue reading

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Willpower #2 (or not)— ADD Tip O the Day 683

Do you think you have weak willpower, or none?  It’s an ADD ADHD issue, for sure.  Maybe you can do something about it. From Nancie George: “Expert Tips to Cultivate Willpower Are you lacking in the willpower department? Our experts … Continue reading

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My New Year’s Resolution — ADD Tip O the Day 681

First, I hope you each have a wonderful 2016. Keep identifying problems and working on strategies.  It’s bound to help. My New Year’s resolution is not to make any New Year’s resolution.  They don’t work for me, probably because of my … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, or Whatever — ADD Tip O the Day 680

First, things have been a little rocky and a little more chaotic than the usual ADD ADHD life, and I am a little behind. BUT Michael is home! after more than 2 weeks in ICU. Thank you everyone for your … Continue reading

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Sleep, and Health, and ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 679

Inadequate sleep makes ADD ADHD worse I’m a little more disorganized than usual, thus so is this post.  Probably because I didn’t get enough sleep last night. Sleep is of fundamental importance to our health and well-being, but even more so with … Continue reading

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The Free Secret of Weight Loss, Even with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 678

The Secret to Weight Loss OK, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer, here’s the secret: We are blessed with a wonderful salad bar, with  decent mixed greens and all kinds of accompaniments.  My favorites are olives, mushrooms, celery, and cucumbers.  But … Continue reading

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Your Weight and ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 677

Losing Weight, Even With ADD ADHD I’m an expert on losing weight.  I’ve lost hundreds of pounds. I’m also an expert in putting pounds back on.  Done that, too. If I work really hard at it, I can lose a pound … Continue reading

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More Things You Can Do To Be Healthy In Spite of ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 676

The Four Most Important Things You Can Do For Yourself,                           Repeated  From the Previous Post, Because They Are So Important  (in order of importance) Stop smoking   2. Exercise   3. Meditate   4. Omega-3 fatty acid    5. get enough sleep Vicki … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Symptoms and Some of the Many Ways They Can Mess Up Your Life — ADD Tip O the Day 674

Examples of various ADD ADHD symptoms and their bad effects One of our major symptoms is impulsiveness.  That leads to blurting out inappropriately.   It also leads to  making snap judgments of people, but that’s common with vanillas, too. And we have trouble controlling … Continue reading

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Irritability and ADD ADHD— ADD Tip O the Day 673

This is a question I use often to help with my ADD ADHD irritability problem:                                      Does it really matter? Often the answer … Continue reading

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Comments About ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 672

I keep worrying that you may not read the comments.  If you don’t, you’re missing a lot.  Here are some fine examples: Homey– — I’ve been enjoying the pomodoro technique of time management. I only do something for 25 minutes … Continue reading

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Too Much, Too Much, Too Much — ADD Tip O the Day 670

Sometimes with my ADD ADHD, I can’t think straight, or even walk straight.  Sometimes it’s all too much. I was going to the library. It was a nice day. I was going to walk. Since I was going out, my … Continue reading

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Amphetamines ??? — ADD Tip O the Day 659

Adderall is crystal meth! This is not accurate, but it does make a sensational headline.  It’s from a recent post on the net. Adderall and meth are not the same, but they’re pretty similar.  And so–???? If it helps you and … Continue reading

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The Power of One, for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 658

List of One – for ADD ADHD Overwhelmed I was already overloaded when I got the notice that my gross receipts tax (New Mexico!) had not been paid for December, 2014. Think of the penalties! Think of all the research … Continue reading

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Life with ADD ADHD, Part Whatever — Add Tip O the 657

Here’s another life with ADD ADHD episode: I had to do some clever detective work on the net to find the phone number I needed.  Was real proud of myself.  Wrote it down.  Closed the website.  Picked up the phone. … Continue reading

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Living with ADD ADHD, Homey’s Version — ADD Tip o the Day 657

I’ve been gone and am a little behind (what else is new). So was delighted when Homey came up with this great post, comparing living with ADD ADHD to living without it, like her husband does.  Of course, he’s obviously … Continue reading

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Structure and Routine And Strategies for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 656

Structure and Strategies Structure is essential.  I don’t consider it a strategy though.  Not quite sure why. Probably because it is so basic. Basics include sleep, structure, exercise, and maybe getting outside, mediation or yoga or something like that.  Basics … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and My Addictions. What Are Your Addictions? — ADD Tip O the Day 655

Many things can be addicting for us.  I’ve been  addicted to computer war games and to caffeine, but not anymore.  My only current addiction is food. Hall marks of addiction are craving, time and energy and money spent on thinking about … Continue reading

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Diet and ADD ADHD, New Findings — ADD Tip O the Day 653

Much has been written about diet and ADD ADHD. The research shows that special diets can have some benefit for some people, but  sound like a headache to manage and often for small benefit. I have been dubious.  Now more general … Continue reading

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The Answers to All Your Questions — ADD Tip O the Day 652

Is Life Complicated? Clearly it’s more complicated if we have ADD ADHD.  But wait! Life is not as complicated as people think.  In fact, you can understand any situation, answer any question, by simply using one of four keys: It’s … Continue reading

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Rules Can Help You With ADD ADHD: a follow up – – – ADD Tip O the Day 651

My wife is back!   Thank God! But I didn’t unravel.  I give the credit to the rules, although having the structure of writing on the next book was also helpful. Report on the rules: No alcohol.  – I scored 100% on this … Continue reading

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Rules Can Make Your Life Better with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 649

Using Rules: A major principle for coping with ADD ADHD is:  identify a problem, design a strategy, make it a rule, make it a habit.  But with ADD ADHD there are other uses for rules . Some of us do … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Talking To Myself — ADD Tip O the Day 648

Sometimes I talk to myself out loud, sometimes just inside my head. “You need to call Verizon.” I don’t want to call Verizon. “You need to call Verizon anyway.” It probably won’t do any good. “You need to try.” OK. Let me do … Continue reading

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Is ADHD A Disorder? — ADD Tip O the Day 647

I found this on the net.  The link is below if you want to watch it.  I didn’t. “ADHD As A Difference In Cognition, Not A Disorder: Stephen Tonti at TEDxCMU” Well, it is a difference.  It’s a difference that … Continue reading

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ADHD Medications: Side effects, Dangers, and other Boogey Men — ADD Tip O the Day 646

  Why we don’t take the medicine: Some people just don’t like to take medicines.  It’s just a thing.  OK. Some people think all medicines are harmful.  Well, that’s OK, too, I guess. Some people are uninformed or misinformed.  Well, … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Wisdom? A Dozen Top Tips — ADD Tip O the Day 645

We ADDer’s are not renowned for our wisdom. Even so, you would think that by this advanced age I would have learned some things that could be of value to others. So here is my advice, for what it’s worth. Some … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Rocks! Or Does It Suck? — ADD Tip O the Day 643

Does ADD ADHD rock or does it suck?  A controversy! This is from my gifted buddy Ken (edited).  My comments are in italics. Why ADHD rocks – surprising view of a freelancing expat Date: September 2, 2015 Author: justin.light@bigpond.com By … Continue reading

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Your Brain and Your ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 642

Your Genes We each have two copies of the serotonin transport gene, SERT, one from each parent.  This gene regulates uptake of serotonin back into the cell. The gene comes in two flavors, long (L) and short (S). If you’re … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Lies We Tell Ourselves — ADD Tip O the Day 641

I’m busy.  —  No, you only have one thing to do. I don’t need to write it down. — Oh, really? It’ll be OK. — No, it won’t. I have plenty of time. — Yeah, right! How many ways can … Continue reading

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Diagnosis and Therapy for ADD ADHD? — ADD Tip O the Day 640

A Response To Some Questions Everyone needs a careful thorough evaluation by a competent knowledgeable professional (good luck there) before being diagnosed with ADD ADHD.  (There are other things that can look like ADD ADHD and there are other conditions … Continue reading

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“ADHD Science Says – – -” – – – ADD Tip O the Day 639

Some ADD ADHD Science I’ve been collecting scientific tidbits.  Much of this is from Dr. Margolis, Dr. Mason and other articles: ADD ADHD kids have a high risk of substance abuse.  The medications reduce that to about the normal average.   … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Decisions — ADD Tip O the Day 638

With ADD ADHD we have more trouble making decisions than vanillas do.  There may be many reasons for this.  We have shaky self esteem and maybe fear making another mistake.  Maybe there are just too many choices.  But part of … Continue reading

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Some Days Are Just Like That When You Have ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 637

ADD ADHD Paralysis Homey just wrote a good ADD ADHD post about having an unproductive day.  I’m bouncing off her post: Some days I just can’t seem to get going, can’t get any traction. Strategy 1: Try to figure out what … Continue reading

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Relationships, Including Marriage, and ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 636

For ease, I’ll talk about marriage  but this applies to all intimate relationships. Things they don’t tell you Marriage is hard work. Especially if one of you has ADD ADHD. Quote O the Day The only thing worse than being … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Reading? or “Reading” — ADD Tip O the Day 635

Sometimes I read and sometimes I “read.” Dyslexia We ADDers have an increased incidence of dyslexia.  Both ADD ADHD and dyslexia result from faulty brain wiring.  Do I have dyslexia?  A lot of times I get numbers or letters transposed.  … Continue reading

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Better Sleeping Through Technology, with or without ADD ADHD – ADD Tip O the Day 634

Sleep is an essential part of ADD ADHD management So Jerry Bair gave me this guest post.  He is a tech whiz, so his approach is a little different.   Here it is:   Top 10 Tech Hacks To Give Your … Continue reading

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A Typical Day With ADD ADHD: Where in the world does the time go? — ADD Tip O the Day 633

My Typical ADD ADHD Day Sleeping 6 hrs      Trying to sleep 2 hrs Quiet time   .5 hr Exercise  1 hr Shower shave dress teeth bathroom  1hr Eating 3 hrs                                       Thinking about eating – all the time Looking for something … Continue reading

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Flyfishing with ADD ADHD, and LIfe As She Is — ADD Tip O the Day 632

Is fly fishing a metaphor for life with ADD ADHD? I don’t think fly fishing is as hard as they say, but with ADD ADHD it sure can be harder. When you are fly fishing, there are many things that … Continue reading

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Your Genes and Your ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 631

  Causes and Courses of ADD ADHD Interesting article from JAMA Psychiatry July 2015 by Pingault, et al.  I don’t really understand the article, but here’s what I get out of it. Genes and Environment and Their Interaction Most psychiatric … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and the Benefits of Fidgeting — ADD ADHD Tip O the Day 630

Can’t Concentrate With ADD ADHD We were at a Wagner opera, which I love.  But I had a lot on my mind (what else is new?) and I wasn’t able to concentrate on the opera.  I was missing a lot … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Marriage or Similar Relationships — ADD Tip O the Day 629

With ADD ADHD, Relationships Are Hard In older couples, the divorce rate is twice that of vanillas.  According to Melissa Orlov, the major problem is undiagnosed and untreated ADD ADHD. Quote O the Day: “You have to be a superwoman … Continue reading

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A Brilliant New ADD ADHD Strategy! — ADD Tip O the Day 628

With ADD ADHD We Need Strategies, But – There’s  Puryear’s Principles of Human Nature #1: When you struggle and struggle with a problem and you finally find something that works, the next thing you do is stop doing it. The Rule … Continue reading

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Organizing with ADD ADHD, and Much Much More! by Homey— ADD Tip O the Day 627

Organizing with a planner for ADD ADHD Homey is THE planner maven.  In her great blog about homemaking, cleaning, cooking, etc, she tells all about planners.  Homey uses planners the way I use index cards, plus more.  A lot of … Continue reading

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Procrastination, Stigma, and Heroes — ADD Tip O the Day 626

ADD ADHD and Procrastination and Father’s Day has come and gone. I meant to do a great post for Father’s Day, about genetics and ADD ADHD.   I probably got mine from my grandfather.  My father maybe had a touch.  My … Continue reading

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Help With ADD ADHD From Technology— ADD Tip O the Day 625

Technologically Challenged As most of you know, I am technologically challenged.  Therefore I’m very pleased to have this guest blog from Jerry Bair.  Please comment on your experience with using his tech recommendations or any others. doug One Super Easy … Continue reading

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Attitudes in ADD ADHD – Warning: Intimate Material, Viewer Discretion Advised— ADD Tip O the Day 624

Warning – Intimate Material, Viewer Discretion Advised We with ADD ADHD tend to say, and do, inappropriate things. This material may be inappropriate, but it’s such a good illustration of the effect of attitude that I have to share it. … Continue reading

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The ADD ADHD Trap of Expectations — ADD Tip O the Day 623

What Can I Expect? With ADD ADHD we have so many things we’re interested in and it’s hard to say no to any of them.  It’s hard to say no to ourselves. My daily routine includes brushing my teeth, quiet … Continue reading

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What Having ADD ADHD Is Like — ADD Tip O the Day 622

Living With ADD ADHD One of the painful things about having ADD ADHD is that people who don’t have it can’t understand what it’s like.  They may recognize some of the symptoms and problems and they may know what it’s … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Choices: What to do!? What to do!? – – – ADD Tip O the Day 621

Too Many Options: There are so many ways to market ADD ADHD books. I can: 1. do my ADD AHD blog posts Tuesday and Saturday.This is hard work but I enjoy it and I think it’s helping some people. I’m … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Dyscoordination — ADD Tip O the Day 619

Clumsy, Clumsy, Clumsy – Is It ADD ADHD? I reached for the glass, and… – I reached too far and I knocked it over. – I didn’t notice the glass between it and me and I knocked it over. – … Continue reading

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Who’s the Expert On ADD ADHD? — ADD Tip O the Day 618

With ADD ADHD We Need Experts Who would you nominate? Long Definition of Expert: An expert  is someone widely recognized as a reliable source of technique or skill whose faculty for judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely is accorded … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Focus, Or Not — ADD Tip O the Day 617

Can’t Focus? Sometimes it’s said that those of us with ADD ADHD can’t focus. I believe it’s more accurate to say we can’t control our focus. Often I can’t focus on things that are important but I can hyperfocus on … Continue reading

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Leave of Absence — No ADD ADHD Tip O the Day

I’ll be doing prison ministry Thursday thru Sunday so my next post, God willing, will be next tuesday. But here are some good links i’ve been saving. Thank you for your support, interest, reviews, and comments. doug Links Time management … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Terms and Definitions Controversy – ADD Tip o the Day 616

  Joe recently posted on the net:    “ADD/ADHD is FICTION – NOT A REAL DISEASE GratefulEnergy Health Guide September 09, 2013 Before His Death, Father of ADHD Admitted it Was An Over-Diagnosed Disease” (well, anyway, i just came across … Continue reading

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How I Screwed Up A Perfectly Good ADD ADHD Strategy – – – ADD Tip O the Day 615 #ADD #ADHD

Puryear’s principles of human nature (this is number two or three or something) We struggle with a problem until we find something that works. Then we quit doing it.    Or we screw it up. That’s what I did. Structure I … Continue reading

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Shannon’s Approach to the ADD ADHD Time Problem — ADD Tip O the Day 614

We’ve Been Talking About Time -and Shannon’s comment was so good I’m just posting it here: “Agreed. Time is a problem! And schedule what’s important! What I’m trying out is putting those things in a non-scheduled category of my todo … Continue reading

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I Don’t Have Enough Time! – – – ADD Tip O the Day 613

ADD ADHD and Time Pressure Here I am “retired” and still feeling that same old sense of time pressure, the fly wheel constantly spinning inside.  And the damn old voice –“Hurry up!  Rush!  You have so much to do!  You’ll … Continue reading

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“As Soon As —” – An ADD ADHD Time Problem — ADD Tip O the Day 612

“As Soon As—“ There are several things I want to do, “as soon as – — -”                          I want to start Spanish lessons again.                          I want to resume fishing.                          I want to cleanup the disarray in my … Continue reading

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Helpful Things for ADD ADHD – Meditation Light??? – – – ADD Tip O the Day 611

Three Helpful Things for ADD ADHD Everyone agrees that certain things are helpful for anyone but especially helpful for those of us with ADD ADHD: Exercise Sleep Meditation And I would add, getting out-of-doors. Meditation I’ve been practicing a simple … Continue reading

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Learning From Experience with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 610

We learn from experience One  of the basic tricks to that learning is to remember the specific experiences.  And make rules from them. If we remember the experience, its easier to remember the rule and to follow it. Losing the car I … Continue reading

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Two Tips About Goals and ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 608

Achievable Goals My wife asked me, as she often does, “What are you doing?” “Trying to get organized,” I replied. “That’s your motto”, she said. “No, that’s my mantra.” What’s the difference? But then I had a small insight. Maybe … Continue reading

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Here’s The Poop On Food, Diet, Dyes and ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 607

How Many Helped?  How much help? There’s nothing wrong with a good healthy diet. I’m skeptical that it makes much difference for very many people with ADD ADHD. Research shows that the food dyes do make a small difference for … Continue reading

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Keeping An Open Mind About ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 605

New Information I wrote about how hard it is for a person to change their opinion once it is formed. But I am getting a lot of new information. Dr. Charles Parker – I am reading his book- The New … Continue reading

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Committing With ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 604

To Commit No, I don’t mean to get someone locked up, unless its myself.  I do try to lock myself into things, where I can’t not do them.  If I walked to the end of the scary high dive, I … Continue reading

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To Medicate Or Not To Medicate ADD ADHD. Is That The Question? — ADD Tip O The Day 603

  Would you like medication with that? Questions about strategies – are they enough?  Questions about medicines – are they enough? My opinions:   Some people just use strategies, and do OK. Some people, for various reasons, don’t like the … Continue reading

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What Do You Believe About ADD ADHD? — ADD Tip O The Day 602

People are interesting.  Here’s how our minds work: We form a belief or an opinion based on our emotional response to an idea. Then we look for data to support it. This may be scientific evidence, Bible verses, or what … Continue reading

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Ten Basic “Facts” About ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 601

I just did a guest post for Naill of Ireland.  Here it is: “Ten” Basic “Facts” About ADD ADHD ADD ADHD exists. Our brains function differently than other peoples. This has been shown by brain imaging.  Our main difficulty is … Continue reading

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Where, Oh Where, Did All My Structure Go? – – – ADD Tip O the Day 600

With My ADD ADHD, Boy, Do I Need Structure Structure is a basic part of coping with ADD ADHD. We need routine, schedule, organization. I always eat three meals a day. Go to bed  about the same time each night. … Continue reading

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Talking To Yourself ??— ADD Tip O the Day 599

Is Talking To Yourself A Problem, A Symptom, or What? Someone asked me if talking to yourself is okay. I said I certainly hope so, cause I do it all the time. I don’t think it’s a symptom of ADD … Continue reading

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Scattered, Distracted, and Too Many Options for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 598

Isn’t Life Interesting!    So Many Shiny Things To Choose From! I’m working on: Executive dysfunction and EFD ( executive function disorder) and ADD ADHD Food allergies and food coloring and ADD ADHD New York Times says childhood trauma can mimic … Continue reading

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Are Natural Substances Safe? — ADD Tip O the Day 597

Natural Substances Many people with ADD AHD are helped by medicine – Ritalin, Adderall, Strattera, etc.- but many are concerned about medication side effects.  Some prefer “natural” substances but not all “natural” substances they use are safe.  Here’s a report … Continue reading

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Food Coloring And ADD ADHD and Doubts— ADD Tip O the Day 596

My Doubts: that ADD ADHD is one thing that food coloring has much effect on very many people that “natural” substances are better than medicines that stimulants are helpful to people who don’t have ADD ADHD that medicines prevent kids … Continue reading

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Alternatives to ADD ADHD Medicine Part 3 and Beware! -More Snake Oil– ADD Tip O the Day 595

Buyer and reader, Beware!- More ADD ADHD snake oil Here’s the headline on a recent article: “New treatment for kids with ADHD retrains their brains, reduces symptoms“ Here’s the report on the study that is being done: Researchers hope that … Continue reading

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Alternatives to ADHD Medicines, part 2 —ADD Tip O the Day 594

There are lots of alternatives to cover, and recent studies show that the supplements don’t contain what they claim.  What are you supposed do to? Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) for more than ADD ADHD It helps ADD ADHD some. … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Poem —ADD Tip O the Day 593

Ode of an ADDer to a neat wife Please don’t put my stuff away. Please don’t move it, just let it lay. If I can’t see it, it doesn’t exist. I’ll forget to do something and we’ll both be pissed. … Continue reading

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Non-stimulant Medicines for ADD ADHD (plus other tips on medicines)— ADD Tip O the Day 592

Advantages of the non-stimulant medicines for adult ADD ADHD: Don’t cause agitation or insomnia; not controlled and easier to obtain; not abusable or addictive; longer acting and smoother effect. Sometimes added to stimulants to improve symptoms or reduce side effects. … Continue reading

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Taking Medicines, ADD ADHD or Any — ADD Tip O the Day 591

About taking any kind of medicine, not just ADD ADHD I wanted to write about the non-stimulant ADHD ADHD medications, but thought this should come first. Generics Always ask about the generic. They should always be much cheaper (should).  Not … Continue reading

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Snake Oil for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 590

Cures In the 1960s  a new cure for schizophrenia popped up every couple of years.  Dr. Linus Pauling, a Nobel prize-winning chemist, discovered that massive doses of vitamin C would cure schizophrenia along with a host of other things.  But … Continue reading

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Amphetamines for ADD ADHD: Follow-up. Plus, Foundations — ADD Tip O the Day 589

Great Comment On Last  Meds Post From Dr. Boerboom. Summary: Dexedrine is not very addictive/abusable.  It has a low incidence of side effects. They are different from methylphenidate. Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) may cause side effects, but apparently not often. restlessness difficulty … Continue reading

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Is It ADD ADHD or Executive Dysfunction? — ADD Tip O the Day 588

From a recent article: “Is It Executive Function Disorder (EFD) or ADHD? Children and adults with executive function disorder (EFD) have problems with organizing and schedules. They may also have ADHD and/or learning disabilities, but not always — it’s a … Continue reading

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Stimulant Medicine for ADD ADHD and New Research — ADD Tip O the Day 587

 Medicines for ADD ADHD Like everything else, this is going to be harder and take more time than I thought. To repeat – everyone is unique. What works for one won’t for another. You need trial and error to find … Continue reading

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Why Valentines Day Is important With ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 586

Valentines Day is February 14, this Saturday, that’s this coming Saturday, two days off, this Saturday, day after tomorrow. With ADD ADHD: 1. We forget all about it. 2. We think it’s a long way off and don’t buy a … Continue reading

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Talking About ADD ADHD Medicines — ADD Tip O the Day 585

Terminology When, and why, did medicines begin to be called drugs?  That used to be the term for illegal substances of abuse. Were I a little more paranoid I’d be suspicious. I’m old-fashioned and prefer to say medicines. Side Effects … Continue reading

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Priorities and ADD ADHD: Incompatible? – – – ADD Tip O the Day 583

Dysprioritiologica? Setting priorities is an executive function and with ADD ADHD we tend to not be very good at it. I sit here looking at a long to do list. Where do I start? Do you see how this can … Continue reading

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An Excess of Blessings From ADD ADHD – – – ADD Tip O the Day 582

Gifts, Benefits, and Blessings of ADD ADHD Have exhausted this topic for a moment. Got lots of good comments on both sides of the question.  Thank you. But – I am overly blessed with the gifts of creativity and wide … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD As We Age: The Older Adult — ADD Tip O the Day 581

I didn’t discover I have ADD until I was 64. Suddenly, a lot of things made sense – why I couldn’t make model airplanes as a kid, why I killed a pregnant Guppy fish, why I was always losing my … Continue reading

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Do We Really Need More Controversy About ADD ADHD Benefits and Gifts? — ADD ADHD Tip O the Day 580

Aaron Smith said it very well: Aaron Smith ADHD Achievement Strategist & Motivational Coach “Like everything else in life, it’s easy to paint ADHD with a broad brush. Saying it’s “all bad” or “all good,” if only life were that … Continue reading

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It’s In the Cards – Another ADD ADHD Strategy — ADD Tip O the Day 579

New Year, new strategies, maybe the novelty helps You may know that I’m a big fan of index cards.  My system of  colored cards I keep in my shirt pocket. I call that half my brain. The other half of … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Goals-Can We Use Them? — ADD Tip O the Day 578

Goals are important, whether we have ADD ADHD or not In prison ministry, we notice that many of the men do not have the concept of goals other than short term “I want this now”. Goals help us with focus, … Continue reading

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A New ADD ADHD Strategy for the New Year — ADD Tip O the Day 577

Why a New ADD ADHD Strategy? One of Puryear’s Principles of Human Behavior: Once we finally find something that works, we quit doing it. I have strategies that work, and make my life better, but sometimes I drift away from … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and “Auditory Processing Disorder” —ADD Tip O the Day 576

ADD ADHD and trouble hearing A fellow ADDer recently asked me if his difficulties in hearing were part of his ADD ADHD. He particularly has trouble in a crowded restaurant, hearing the person across from him. I’d never thought about … Continue reading

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You Can Keep Your @#$##@@ Benefits! – – – ADD Tip O the Day 575

Different Opinions About the Benefits of ADD ADHD Yes, we do have different opinions and viewpoints, not surprising, and I appreciate all the comments. And I respect all the opinions, but – Here are my responses, from my viewpoint: 1. … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Eating Mangoes??? — ADD Tip O the Day 574

ADD ADHD and No Patience I love mangoes but I rarely eat them.  Peeling a mango is a hassle.                                     Don’t we all want instant gratification with minimal effort? A Revelation Then I had a … Continue reading

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Goals, Self Abuse, and ADD ADHD– – – ADD Tip O the Day 573

New Year’s Goals At the beginning of a new year, we often yield to the temptation to set new goals. We did this last year, and the year before, but we don’t seem to learn. How did that work out … Continue reading

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The ADD ADHD Year In Review –– – ADD Tip O the Day 572

Another Year with ADD ADHD We are starting a new year, 2015 -I just thought I would remind you of that, since so many of us are chronologically challenged. 2014 has certainly been interesting: ADD ADHD Bashing: Esquire bashed ADD … Continue reading

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Christmas and ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 571

May each of you have a blessed Christmas – and if Christmas is not your holiday, I still pray you have a blessed Christmas day anyway and also your own holiday days. This is a good time to reflect on … Continue reading

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The Gifts and Benefits of ADD ADHD, Again – ADD Tip O the Day 570

Different viewpoints Many of you do see ADD ADHD as a gift, and you focus on the benefits. I think focusing on the positives is a good strategy. I guess I take the positives for granted and focus on trying … Continue reading

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More ADD ADHD Strategy— ADD Tip O the Day 569

No willpower with ADD ADHD We’re moved into our new place, love it! Still unpacking (don’t love that). One problem – the food. It’s terrific. I’ve gained pounds. There’s a choice of four desserts, and at least one of them … Continue reading

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Benefits of ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 568

ADD ADHD as a gift? Christmas makes us think of gifts, hopefully among other things, and that reminds me of those who write about enjoying the gift of ADD ADHD. Yes, we do tend to be creative, think outside the … Continue reading

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Dyslexia and ADD ADHD – – – ADD Tip O the Day 567

ADD ADHD and dyslexia run together I’ve just finished reading a very interesting book on dyslexia. The author, a prize winning poet!,  talks extensively about his life long experience with dyslexia. It is heart rending. but when I read it, … Continue reading

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Have You Heard? Christmas Is Coming! — ADD Tip O the Day 566

Not this time, ADD! With my ADD ADHD, Christmas usually sneaks up on me and I’m rushing to try to find a gift for my wife.  But this time I’m ahead.  Why, it’s two whole weeks away, and I’m already … Continue reading

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Another Way to Structure for ADD ADHD – ADD Tip O the Day 565

Missing Posts Just got back from  Houston seeing our daughter win a big award. Just got moved into our new apartment, lost my travel computer in the process. (Also lost my house keys on the trip). Could not get organized … Continue reading

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ADHD “Natural Fix” Letters to the Editor; and ADD ADHD Brains— ADD Tips O the Day 564

Dr. Marx posted the letters to the editor about the sensational NYT article “The Natural Fix” for ADHD. I was surprised that they’re so positive. And from some apparently credentialed people. And there wasn’t a single negative one. Very surprised. … Continue reading

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Happy ADD ADHD Thanksgiving – – – ADD Tip O the Day 563

Challenging Occasions Thanksgiving can be particularly challenging for those of us with ADD ADHD                  (but then, so can any day). Checklist Adjust as fits if you are the host/hostess or if you are a guest.           Check all that apply 1. … Continue reading

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Moving with ADD ADHD – – – ADD Tip O the Day 562

Are we having fun yet? Nothing tests a marriage quite like moving. Probably even more so with ADD ADHD. Strategies: 1. Recognize that your life is in turmoil. Your structure is gone. Your schedule is in disarray. You will barely … Continue reading

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Stimulants for Children with ADD ADHD? – – – ADD Tip O the Day 561

New report on stimulants for children with ADD ADHD It depends on how you spin it : The headline: Increased risk of cardiovascular events in children on stimulants – Wow! Bad! Makes a sensational headline. 111 children out of 714,258 … Continue reading

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A Startling Thing From The NYT Natural Fix ADHD Article – – – ADD Tip O the Day 560

From the NYT sensational article on ADD ADHD This is the thing that startled me: Psychostimulants like Adderall and Ritalin help by blocking the transport of dopamine back into neurons, thus increasing its level in the brain. I’d understood that … Continue reading

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The Natural Fix For ADD ADHD Revealed At Last —ADD Tip o the Day 559

From the sensational new New York Times article: I promised to reveal “the natural fix for ADHD.” So, here it comes. Both parts. Part A: Adults should find a job that is suitable for them! But wait, there’s more! Part B : … Continue reading

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Does ADHD Exist? Again???? — ADD Tip O the Day 558

A short break  from the New York Times sensational breakthrough article on “The Natural Fix For ADHD”.   Have a little patience, and I promise to give you the “natural fix” next time.      Patience! That’s like asking a rhinoceros to fly. … Continue reading

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Trivializing ADD ADHD, part two from the NYT — ADD Tip O the Day 557

Yes, ADD ADHD exists Dr. Friedman’s article contains a mixture of scientific tidbits which support the existence of ADD ADHD  and the dismissal of its significance. His patient the lateuses Adderal to help her focus but can deletefocus for hours … Continue reading

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ny times again downing ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the DAY 556

More ADD ADHD Controversy I’m slogging through the November 2 New York Times article, “A Natural Fix for ADHD”. It’s not as nasty as the recent series of articles they ran; it’s more subtle. I’m having to take it in … Continue reading

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A Little of Everything —Tip o the Day 555

Mottoes One of my favorite mottoes  is, “If I can’t see it, it doesn’t exist.” My wife’s favorite motto is, “I cannot stand clutter!” Can you see where this is heading? Of course I have other mottoes, “Do it now, … Continue reading

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My Best ADD ADHD Strategy – Overdone?– – – ADD Tip o the Day 554

Too Many ADD ADHD Cards My wife says I have too many cards in my pocket. She’s often right, and I do sometimes have trouble finding where I wrote down something. Red card – the to do list of five. … Continue reading

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Homey’s 10 ADD ADHD Strategies — ADD Tip o the Day 553

Great post Homey put up such a great ADD ADHD post that I was tempted to just copy it here, but that didn’t seem quite right.  So I’ll compromise, and just copy one of her strategies: Focus. Nearly everyone with … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Technological Challenges – – – ADD Tip O the Day 552

 The iPhone I’m walking again for exercise, doing well. I was delighted to find that I can use my iPhone and dictate things while I’m walking! Great multitasking, conservation of time, efficiency, etc. etc. etc. But I wish I could … Continue reading

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Coping with Turmoil — ADD Tip o the Day 552

Arghhhh!! ADD ADHD and all this too! We’re selling our house and moving to a wonderful community, El Castillo.            We’re excited about it. But at the moment, it’s like living in a hurricane and an earthquake at the same time. … Continue reading

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Cognitive Maps in ADD ADHD – – – ADD Tip O the Day 551

Cognitive maps From a course on learning: Starting as babies, we develop two kinds of cognitive maps of our environment. One is directions – go north three blocks, turn left at the pornography store, and right at the next light  … Continue reading

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I Don’t Wash Wine Glasses – – – ADD Tip O the Day 550

Identify the problem Every time I put wine glasses in the dishwasher, no matter how I do it, they break. That’s just part of my ADD ADHD. Make a strategy I do not put wine glasses in the dishwasher anymore. … Continue reading

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Stimulants and Religion, misuse and abuse – – – ADD Tip O the Day 548

Part of today’s post is not really about ADD ADHD, but it’s important. My friend Ken sent a great post today; I have to use it. What do stimulants and religion have in common? 1. They can both be misused … Continue reading

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Doing the Easy Thing – – – ADD Tip O the Day 547

The easy thing in ADD ADHD I’m working on the fourth draft of the fourth book and toying with the fifth and sixth books.     The writing is fairly easy,  enjoyable, therapeutic, and always rewards me  with a sense … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Women Part 3 — ADD Tip o the Day 546

 This is good enough that I’m just copying, with permission, the whole thing: from Lisa Timms MS Special Education Attention Deficit Disorder can take several forms in children. It is not difficult to track the child with ADD who is very … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Marriage?- Is It Possible??? —ADD Tip o the Day 545

 Marriage Experts I am not The Expert on ADD ADHD and marriage, that would be Melissa Orlov and Martha Puryear.  I do have some years in the field, but only from one side.  My expertise would be in How to … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Genes- an epigenetic viewpoint — ADD Tip o the day 544

Retirement?? Thought when I retired I’d take a genetics course, learn all about it. Hasn’t happened. Retirement is more time consuming than I ever imagined, and the change in scheduling  has still got me thrown off. But I have read … Continue reading

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More on Diet and ADD ADHD —ADD Tip o the Day 543

We all have opinions  We form our beliefs based on our feelings. Then we find data to support them, and ignore data that refutes them. Fortunately, there is science. This man seems to know what he’s talking about:   Stephen … Continue reading

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How to function with ADD ADHD – ADD Tip o the Day 541

Coping and functioning Isn’t that what we try to do? So if we have ADD ADHD we try to cope with it. We can’t cure it, but we can treat the symptoms, and we can use strategies to cope. And … Continue reading

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How can you tell if they know about ADD ADHD? — ADD Tip o the Day 540

Finding a knowledgeable professional – a followup Hard to do.  Lots of misinformed people, including professionals.  Other things can mimic ADD ADHD. I assume most ADD ADHD certified coaches know what they’re doing. Good suggestions: From mike: look them up … Continue reading

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I didn’t listen to the little voice! — ADD Tip o the Day 534

I didn’t listen I’m  only on draft number three in writing the new book, which includes some on  adult ADD ADHD . In Word, I cut a very large segment from one document to paste into another doc.      Before I got … Continue reading

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More on Food and ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the day 533

errors in thinking A common error is confusing correlation and cause. For example: The number of people who watch Fox news has risen in the last 10 years. The scores of American students on standardized tests have been falling over the same … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Food — ADD Tip o the Day 532

There’s a lot written about nutritional treatment for ADD ADHD. A lot of it seems to me to be wishful thinking. Here’s some science, from Dr. Farone. I’ve edited his post. Stephen V. Stephen V. Faraone, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of … Continue reading

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My Wife Complains – – – ADD Tip O the Day 530

My wife told me this morning that I’m very difficult to  live with.      I have no reason to doubt her.  She’s  unhappy because I got lost walking in the neighborhood the other day and she was concerned about me. … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD is Messy — ADD Tip o the Day 529

Making a mess: I previously told you about my struggles with the plastic dish pan for foot soaking. I would have the pan at the sink, fill it with hot water from the teakettle, take it over to the table and put it under … Continue reading

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Messed Up Again with ADD ADHD– – – ADD Tip o the Day 527

messed this up too, this was not supposed to be posted yet. Don’t get upset, I’ll post it in a few days.

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Rules: Friend or Enemy? – – – ADD Tip O the day 526

Some of my current rules – these are essential: 1. When I write an appointment in my appointment book, put down both the time and the activity; either one without the other is not very useful. Double check to make … Continue reading

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My Worst ADD ADHD Problem – – – ADD o the day 525

So many ADD ADHD symptoms: Distractibility, procrastination, impulsivity, blurting out, not finishing, not starting, not understanding time, not managing time, sloppy, uncoordinated, losing things –                   and what else? My worst problem: It’s hard … Continue reading

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Outgrowing ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 524

New brain imaging studies I don’t pretend to understand this, but this is as close as I can get: Years ago, I was taught that children outgrow ADHD ADHD during adolescence. This is wrong. Our brains are different: In children, … Continue reading

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Trying Medications for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 523

ADD ADHD medication question: Recently posted: “My doctor is prescribing buproprion for adhd. Is this experimental? Am I a Guinea Pig?”     My response:  buproprion is a well known antidepressant that works on the same neurotransmitters as the stimulants, and … Continue reading

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Do You Know the Principles of Humanity? — ADD Tip o the Day 522

PRINCIPLES OF HUMANITY 1. If we struggle and struggle with a problem, and finally find something we can do that works, the next thing we will do is stop doing it. 2. People will choose up sides, and make it … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Change of Schedule – – – ADD Tip o the Day 521

I changed my schedule. And Oh, my! Wake up. Pills, pills, and more pills. Kegl exercises (don’t ask). Quiet time. Check net. Breakfast and read paper. Brush teeth. And so my day is begun – Change of schedule But recently … Continue reading

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Retirement, Time, and Other ADD ADHD Illusions — ADD Tip o the Day 518

With ADD, ADHD, we tend to be interested in a lot of different things. When we moved to Santa Fe, I planned to cut down my practice. Then I would have time to do things on my wish list, like … Continue reading

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Causes of ADHD? — ADD Tip O the Day 517

Do we know the causes of ADD ADHD? We know that our brain circuitry and functioning and neurochemistry is different. Presumably, that comes from our genes (ADD ADHD tends to run in families, especially among males). We  have a lot of … Continue reading

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Piddling with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 515

Do you piddle? I was going through my emails, deleting some and putting some into folders, which is like touching the same piece of paper twice, not really doing anything. I paid a bill and made a few to–do notes.  I … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Tips From Homey— ADD Tip o the Day 514

Fresh out of ideas: Although we with ADD ADHD are supposed to be blessed by extra creativity, I am totally out of ideas this week, so I am just posting some of Homey’s great tips. thanks again, Homey. from Homey: … Continue reading

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Blurting Out — ADD Tip o the Day 511

We with ADD or ADHD have problems with blurting out; for example, saying the wrong thing to the wrong person at the wrong time. “Aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?” Here’s some guidance on how … Continue reading

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New Brain Studies in ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 508

New studies using brain imaging: The studies show two types of network within the brain, a resting one and an active one. In children and adults with ADHD, the resting one does not function properly – two major parts of … Continue reading

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Beliefs and ADD ADHD, Controversies, part four – – – ADD Tip o the Day 505

A long article from derek halpern  says it better than I have, here’s an excerpt:   Here’s The Big Reason Why People Don’t Change Their Minds When Confronted With New Data It’s proven that when we’re confronted with information that … Continue reading

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