Tag Archives: ADHD

Some semi morbid thoughts somewhat related to ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 754

With ADHD, I really like to plan ahead. Just  finished a funeral and reception. Pretty good as those things go, but funerals are always painful and sometimes can be awful.  This one was pretty good. You all are invited to … Continue reading

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A whole bunch of stuff, including a valuable secret, related to ADHD— ADHD Tip O the Day 753

With ADHD, sometimes our brain gets clogged up.  And we seem to need to justify what we’re doing, like this post, for example.  Some days my brain is crowded with lots of stuff, not all of it relevant but all … Continue reading

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A Book Suggestion, Partly About ADHD, and How We Are Being Gamed — ADHD Tip O the Day 752

I wrote this blog on a plane on a little notebook flying to a funeral and it’s not my best but the best I could do and I wanted to get something in so here it is.  Not even any … Continue reading

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Blessings of ADHD? — ADHD Tip O the Day 751

With our ADHD, we tend to be interested in many things. This is one of the blessings of ADHD. It is also one of the curses. I am working a half time job, trying to keep up two blogs (and … Continue reading

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Do the Hard Part First? — ADHD Tip O the Day 750

Life is complicated, especially with ADHD One of my favorite  tools, a slogan or motto, is, “Do it now; do it right; and do the hard part first.”  This has been extremely useful for me, and I highly recommend it. … Continue reading

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Busy, Too Busy, Way Too Busy, Life with ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 746

I am way too busy – is it life, or me, or ADHD? I know that “busy” is only a state of mind and not a reality.  I truely believe this, although I have found it difficult to sell the concept … Continue reading

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Things Maybe You Don’t Know About Having ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 745

What is it like to have ADHD? Frustrated, distracted, looking for things, dealing with people I’ve offended or annoyed, very concerned about time, enjoying things that are a waste of time, forgetting things, making mistakes, irritated with others and with … Continue reading

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Bad Attitude with ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 744

The Attitude I don’t know why I’m rather gloomy today, although to be honest, I do have an idea. But I don’t intend to stay this way and I plan to change it, right after I finish this post. In … Continue reading

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ADHD and Attitude Adjustment — ADHD Tip O the Day 743

ADHD – Frustrated, Irritable, and Discouraged I get easily frustrated, often over little things, and I’m irritable, which is a symptom of ADHD, and sometimes I get discouraged, tho not often.  But I have a strategy. The Strategy I’ve developed … Continue reading

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Caring for Someone With ADHD (ambiguous title). Affection or caretaking?— ADHD Tip O the Day 742

Life Is Hard Life is hard.  Life with ADHD is harder.  Marriage is hard.  Marriage with ADHD is harder.  Being married to someone with ADHD is harder than I can even imagine. There are strategies that will make our life with … Continue reading

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Stimulants and ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 741

Stimulants for ADHD One of the common misconceptions and falsehoods posted on the net are that the stimulants are the same as street drugs.  Not so. amphetamines vs methamphetamine Also, I believe that research shows: Stimulants are rarely abused by … Continue reading

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Do a To- Do List or Don’t Do a To-Do List? — ADHD Tip O the Day 740

Life with ADHD is a booger, especially without a to-do list. Your to-do list isn’t guaranteed to make you happy, but if you have ADHD and don’t have a to-do list you’re pretty guaranteed to be unhappy. Although a to- do … Continue reading

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Is Your ADHD Brain Mature?— ADD Tip O the Day 739

Delayed maturation, or erroneous maturation as basis for ADHD? Like everyone else, I have my fixed ideas and opinions, and like most of us ADHDers, I have definite opinions about ADHD.  Some researchers suggest that ADHD is a delayed maturation … Continue reading

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Summer’s Over – For ADHD Students and Parents — ADHD Tip O the Day 738

With ADHD,  school can be a booger. Actually, school was very easy for me – that is, the academic part.  Socially and behaviorally, not so much.  But the work was very easy, until I hit college.  It was like hitting a … Continue reading

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Open Mind VS Old Patterns — ADHD Tip O the Day 737

With ADHD, we need to make some changes. It’s hard to change a habit, but there are strategies: Spotting – This is the first step. Instead of trying to stop the old habit, just recognize every time you do it, spot … Continue reading

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Meds for Adult ADD ADHD? — ADD Tip O the Day 736

My opinions about the medications: There are many medications available  for ADHD – the stimulants, the antidepressants, and others. Like everyone else, I have my opinions about the medicines, which I will repeat here: Everyone with ADHD deserves a trial … Continue reading

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ADHD and Your Genes — ADHD Tip O the Day 735

What about ADHD 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). … Continue reading

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ADHD Evaluation? – A Terrible Experience – Jeff’s Ordeal — ADHD Tip O the Day 734

What can you learn from Jeff’s experience? “Hi Doug. I saw a psychiatrist for the first time to help treat my ADHD,  and I wanted to let you know how it went. It went TERRIBLE! What a waste of time! … Continue reading

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How I do an ADHD evaluation. What is an adequate ADHD evaluation? — ADHD Tip O the Day 733

You need a competent ADHD evaluation. Jeff just had a horrible experience with an evaluation.  I felt very sorry for Jeff and very embarrassed for the psychiatric profession.  And personally embarrassed, because I keep recommending evaluations and then this happens. Key … Continue reading

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ADHD is a good thing to have. Isn’t it????— ADD Tip O the Day 732

Does ADD ADHD rock or does it suck? A controversy! This is from my gifted good buddy Ken (edited). My comments are in italics. Why ADHD rocks – surprising view of a freelancing expat By Ken Powell – http://writeoutloudblog.com/ “… … Continue reading

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Goals and ADHD — ADHD Tip o the Day 731

  With ADHD, sometimes we need to lower the bar. “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?”               Robert Browning This is one of the guiding principles … Continue reading

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Tips for Surviving with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 730

What can we expect of ourselves, or of someone else, with ADHD? “Life can be hard, and with ADHD, it’s even harder.” “Some days, just surviving is a triumph.”             Doug Puryear The great cell … Continue reading

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Getting Diagnosed with ADHD – and Life Before the Diagnosis. Part 2— ADHD Tip O the Day 729

From Jeff – a comment on a previous post and on Ram’s comment on that post.              (The embolding is my doing.) “Hi Doug. I have a different perspective from Ram’s that I thought I’d share. … Continue reading

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Science and ADHD Meds — ADHD Tip O the Day 780

from    Chris Dendy: “Comments from Russell Barkley: Thanks Russ More Evidence of Brain Development Enhancement from ADHD Medications Just today yet another science journal article was published showing that staying on ADHD medications (stimulants) may help to promote brain development … Continue reading

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Time is a Booger with ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 728

I got a new job, and I played in a concert, and I let time get away from me and I didn’t get a post ready.  So I collected some ADHD links.  Hope you will like them. Time management – … Continue reading

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Living with ADHD and Getting an ADHD Diagnosis — ADHD Tip O the Day 727

This comment from a fellow ADHD tribe member, Ram, on the post about diagnosis.  The bolding of parts is my doing.  My comments are at the end: “Hi Doug, I’ve told you before about my diagnose, but I’ll recap for … Continue reading

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This free technique helps my ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 726

A Buddhist Practice, Borrowed for ADHD My wife went to a Buddhist retreat.  It was very good for her.  She brought home a practice to share. At this temple, one practice is at the sound of any bell, stop whatever … Continue reading

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Diagnosis of ADHD Can Be Upsetting — ADD Tip O the Day 725

Late ADHD diagnosis I got a message from someone recently diagnosed with ADHD.  They were struggling with anger that they had been diagnosed late, and thinking how much better their life could’ve been if diagnosed sooner.  They asked how I … Continue reading

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“Science says —” About ADHD — ADD Tip O The Day 724

‘Research shows that young children with ADHD do better with parental training and behavioral approaches than with medication’ I am a big fan of science, but it is not perfect. Much research is based on averages.    For example, a new medication … Continue reading

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Overdoing with ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 723

Only One?   With ADHD? I went to the library to pick up a book. We have a wonderful library.  It has a good selection,  they will hold books that are checked out, and they order on inter-library loan for books … Continue reading

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ADHD Makes Me Irritable — ADHD Tip O the Day 722

Irritability is one of the many symptoms of ADHD. Trust me on this. From a big article on ADHD: Wender (1998) provided a list of adult behaviours linked to childhood ADHD (see also Weiss & Murray, 2003; Asherson, 2005). Motor … Continue reading

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ADHD Coaches – ADHD Tip O the Day 721

Get a good evaluation. I recommended a psychiatrist, psychologist, or ADHD coach for an ADHD evaluation. Sue, an ADHD coach, replied: Hi Doug, You bring up some good food for thought! I love your astute comment that “many professionals don’t … Continue reading

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Is It Really ADHD? DSM V and ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 720

“Why do you call it ADHD.   Can’t you just let kids be kids?”   Drives me up the wall.  Total ignorance of ADHD.  If the kid is floundering, it’s not just being a kid. You don’t just label a … Continue reading

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Diagnosis of ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 719

(If you know about diagnosing ADHD and the DSM, you might skip down to the good bonus links.) To Diagnose ADHD: Sometimes I can talk to and observe a patient for just a few minutes and it’s obvious that they have … Continue reading

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More and more and more ADHD pictures — ADD Tip O the Day 717

OK, I’m swamped, over my head, behind – does that sound like ADHD? Strategy:              punt. So my post is just some ADHD pictures that are too good to waste but haven’t fit into any … Continue reading

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Vitamin D for ADHD????— ADD Tip O the Day 716

I intended this post to be about vitamin D, but I have ADD ADHD, so here: I’m not a big fan of “natural” treatments for ADHD.  There is little evidence to support using most of them and some evidence against … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day and ADHD, or, Living with an ADHDer —ADD Tip O the Day 715

With ADHD, Nothing Is Easy Hope you had a great Mother’s Day, whether you’re a mother or not.  You deserve it. I took Martha, the mother of my kids, and Laura, the mother of my grandson, to a nice restaurant.  … Continue reading

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Where is the Time with AHDH? — ADD Tip O the Day 714

Where in the world do I find the time?! Especially with my ADHD. Sometimes I get very frustrated with myself. But sometimes, I’m amazed at myself. I do mess up a lot, but I accomplish a lot, too.  And I … Continue reading

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Does ADHD get you bullied? Criticized? Misunderstood? —ADHD Tip O the Day 713

Who gets bullied? Kids who are different.  That would be us, ADHD. But also kids with autism spectrum disorder (autism, Asbergers), dyslexia and other learning disabilities, physical handicaps, or different physical appearance. And also, any minority, in any group. And also, … Continue reading

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Just Be? With ADHD? — Tip O the Day 712

With ADHD, we need to be DOING My very wise sister suggested that I need to do more “being” and less “doing.”  She’s right. That’s very hard for me to do. The internal flywheel keeps spinning. The to-do list keeps … Continue reading

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Amphetamines!? And ADHD— ADHD Tip O the Day 711

Research on amphetamines for ADHD For many people, amphetamine is a scary word. Some of the anti-ADHD folks have preyed on this fear and promoted mis-information. Here is some research on amphetamines for ADHD for children and adolescents.  Presumably it … Continue reading

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More Apps for ADHD – – – ADD Tip O the Day 710

I am taking the easy way out and just posting Hold’s comment here in case you didn’t see it.  Many cool apps, get what you like: Hey doug, I apologize. In classic ADHD fashion I’m a week late in seeing … Continue reading

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Four Great ADHD Tips, Number Four – – – ADHD Tip O the Day 709

As promised, here is Great ADHD Tip, Number Four-except, not quite-   Do This With ADHD we get distractions. And when we start off on one distraction, other distractions will occur. With ADHD, we get distracted from our distractions. I … Continue reading

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Four Great ADHD Tips, Number Three — ADHD Tip O the Day 707

ADHD Vocabulary: I highly recommend editing your vocabulary and eliminating the words “should” and “have to.”  As soon as we say one of these bad words to ourselves, we develop automatic unconscious resistance to doing the task. We really don’t … Continue reading

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ADHD and Bio Feedback and Other Science— ADHD Tip O the Day 706

A short break from The ADHD Four Great Tips A recent meta-analysis, a study of  previous studies, indicates that biofeedback is not an effective treatment for ADHD. That does not mean that it doesn’t help for other conditions, and doesn’t even … Continue reading

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Four Great ADHD Tips, Number 2 — ADHD Tip O the Day 705

When we’re doing a task, we want to focus on that task and not be thinking about the rest of the ADHD to-do list. But a good strategy is, “What next?”  When we start a task, we can say “What’s … Continue reading

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Four Great ADHD Tips – – – ADD Tip O the Day 704

I have four great tips that will help you with ADHD.  I’m going to try something different, and piggy back them, adding one at a time. ADHD Tip Number One When you make a to-do list, the new rule is that you cannot … Continue reading

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Opinions About ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 702

Everyone Has An Opinion (I’ll skip the joke) Opinions can be based on many things, such as sound scientific study in depth, delusions, or ‘My cousin told me that someone told him’, ‘My gut tells me’, ‘I think I read … Continue reading

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Frazzled and My ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 701

Frazzled Homey just wrote about overwhelmed, but yesterday, I was frazzled. It’s not the same. My appointment was canceled and rescheduled, I was behind on my blog posts and everything else, Marge broke her arm and I needed to walk … Continue reading

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Homey’s Back! – Strategy for Overwhelmed — ADD Tip O the Day 700

Affirmations I love it when someone comes up with strategies that match mine. Looks like I might be on the right track. For Overwhelmed Homey has good tips for when she’s overwhelmed.  They match some of my general strategies – … Continue reading

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Changing From ADD ADHD – – – ADD Tip O the Day 699

Changes For years, I’ve been using “ADD ADHD” because I thought it would address more readers and possibly produce more hits. Under the new DSM V system, it’s now called       Attention – Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.  You then specify Combined presentation, Predominantly … Continue reading

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Technology and ADHD? — ADD Tip O the Day 698

Technologically Challenged with ADD ADHD I’m technologically challenged.  That’s just part of my ADD ADHD. But I’m finding some apps very helpful. Of course, the iPhone is both a gift and a challenge. It pretty well solves the problem of impatience and boredom while … Continue reading

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Resume, Recoup, Retry with ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 697

If we have a problem, and  finally find a solution, the next thing we do is to stop doing it.              from Puryear’s Principles of Human Nature, Principle One I’m rewriting Living Daily with Adult ADD/ADHD,365 … Continue reading

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ADHD and Computers – Helpful? or Diabolical Instruments?— ADD Tip O the Day 696

With ADD ADHD, maybe everything is a challenge? On vacation, I’m using my laptop. I’m cheap, and it doesn’t have Word, but KingSoft, a great free program that will save documents in Word form. But, oh my! It’s a booger. … Continue reading

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Yes, You read it. But how much do you remember? — ADD Tip O the Day 695

How to read effectively I am blessed with the ability to read fast.  I’ve read a lot of books, and I can get through most books quickly.  But like most gifts, there’s  a downside.  It’s a blessing if I’m reading … Continue reading

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Arguing about ADHD with people who don’t know what they’re talking about — ADD Tip O the Day 694

Response to another good comment from Ram  Ram – Yes, there are crusade and controversy opportunities all around us. I have a good strategy for dealing with some of those situations – ask questions, ask more questions, then summarize – … Continue reading

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617.48, or, The Mystery of the Missing Book — ADD Tip O the Day 693

At the Library with ADD ADHD Went to the library to get a specific book. Computer says it’s 617.48, and it’s on the shelf. Went to the shelf. Not there.  There was a big book on brain injury, a subject … Continue reading

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Crusades, ADHD, Hyperfocus,Too Many Projects – Is it all a waste of time? — ADD Tip O the Day 692

Is This Hyperfocus, or What? I get caught up in crusades.  They seem worthy, but are they worthwhile? Do the politicians listen to us? Is anyone’s mind ever changed? Confirmatory bias is universal. We emotionally reach a decision or take … Continue reading

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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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About ADD ADHD Medications—ADD Tip O the Day 584

Review of ADD ADHD Medications, Alternatives, and Issues Over the next couple of months I plan to review medications for ADD ADHD, including alternatives,  This will be too basic and repetitive for some of you, so it will be every … Continue reading

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To do list – Foto -for Priorities— Addendum to ADD Tip O the Day 583

ADD ADHD Tip O the Day 583.5 I couldn’t get the darn thing to print the image when I was doing the post on priorities.     Think I’ve figured it out now, again. Technologically challenged! Doug Note to myself, because I’ll … 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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