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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 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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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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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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ADD and ADHD Blog — THIS IS IT ! ADD Tip o the Day 500

The best Tip o the Day so far: For most of us, our to do list is infinitely long and keeps growing, But – we need to work from a to do list that has five things maximum on it. … Continue reading

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Living with ADD from Dr. Robin Binnig — ADD Tip o the Day 498

This is from Robin, who is a psychologist,an ADHD expert, and an ADDer.  She tells it like it is.  And offers some of her tips. Robin: “Isn’t it something how we can miss ADHD for so long in someone?  I … Continue reading

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Do It Now — ADD Tip o the Day 496

This is a follow up on the “ADD ADHD and living 12 hours ahead” post. If I can do it now, I won’t need to do it then. There are a lot of strategies related to this: 1. It is … Continue reading

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Increase Self Control — ADD Tip o the Day 495

Ritalin May Increase Self Control If it does, this would presumably apply also to the other stimulants, Adderall, etc, as well as possibly to Straterra. This could be another hole poked in my belief that these medications do not help … Continue reading

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Sleep And ADD ADHD – – ADD Tip o the Day for 494

Sleep is very important with ADD or ADHD It makes a difference.  For one thing, if I don’t get enough sleep, my memory gets even worse.  So I have medicines to help me sleep, melatonin for sleep and gabapentin (Neurontin) … Continue reading

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Living with ADD ADHD 12 Hours Ahead — ADD Tip o the Day 493

  Living with ADD ADHD My wife said, “Doug, you’re always living twelve hours ahead!” I don’t think she meant it as a compliment. But she’s right, I do. Packing for a trip If I’m going on a trip, I … Continue reading

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I have ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 491

I have ADD ADHD, my attention span is short, I’m not good at passive, I’m impatient, so I don’t: -read long posts -watch u tubes -listen to comcasts -participate in webinars -always document my sources when I post -always check … Continue reading

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Labeling? Do you want to be labeled? — ADD Tip o the Day 490

New Controversy More recent controversy about ADD ADHD – about the harm of “labeling”.   Is there a difference between a label and a diagnosis? Boy, when I got a label I grabbed it and held on – “Oh, I have … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Improvement!!

More good stuff from Jerry Bair:   10 Ways ADHD Adults Can Improve Themselves In Just 10 Minutes A Day   Like many adult ADHDers, there are a million things I want to do or improve in my life. Eat … Continue reading

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Beliefs, Where Do They Come From? — ADD Tip o the Day 487

According to research, we all do this, ADD ADHD or not: Most of our beliefs come from our emotional responses; we then dig up data to support them. If we come across information that refutes or doesn’t support our belief, … Continue reading

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Errors About ADD ADHD? — ADD Tip o the Day 486

Re recent outburst of sensationalized articles against the diagnosis and the treatment of ADD ADHD: “Kids are being given medicines to control their behavior.” No, kids are given medicines so that they can control their behavior – not get in … Continue reading

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The Non-strategy ADD ADHD Strategy — ADD Tip o the Day 485

We need strategies to deal with our ADD ADHD problems, but what if it doesn’t have to be a problem in the first place?  Sometimes it’s our attitude or our assumptions that make something into a problem.  Tom has a … Continue reading

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Overcoming Overwhelmed — ADD Tip o the Day 484

Structure: Routine,Schedule With my ADD ADHD I need structure, which comes from routine and schedule.  Some people don’t like routine and schedule; it makes them feel confined and they prefer free wheeling and spontaneous.  For me, that is not freedom, … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Myths, Controveries, and Fantasies — Tip o the Day 481

My new book, “The World Is Flat, The Round Earth Is a Communist Conspiracy and Ritalin Will Make Your Ears Fall Off”, will be out soon.  I expect it to be an immediate best seller, and certainly featured in the … Continue reading

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“Organizing Clutter” —- ADD Tip o the Day 480

Thought that was an interesting title, assume it means moving the clutter around into different piles? With our ADD ADHD we are indeed prone to clutter, and can’t find stuff, and don’t function as well in disorder and mess.  It’s … Continue reading

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Overwhelmed!! Living with ADD or ADHD – ADD Tip o the Day 477

I’m pretty good at seeing other people’s ADD ADHD problems and offering good advice; it’s very hard for us to see ourselves. Finally got the message I finally read the signals: 1. Rerun of old dream about college – haven’t … Continue reading

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Homey WOW! congratulations

Homey i just saw your fix up project – i can’t do that kind of stuff, I ‘m handyman challenged as well as technologically challenged.  I’m impressed with all you are doing – a lot!! anything i try involves at … Continue reading

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One and One, A New ADD ADHD Strategy — ADD Tip o the Day 476

ONE AND ONE With ADD ADHD we need structure and organization – are these strategies too?   Since retirement, I’ve been flopping around in circles, so I’m trying One and One.  One focus for each day and One task from that … Continue reading

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Procrastination, Thy Name Is ADD ADHD — Tip o the Day 475

So here I sit, piddling around, looking at e mails, wasting time, avoiding writing the next blog post, which is on procrastination- in other words, procrastinating- when this procrastination post pops up in my e mail. Coincidence??  You decide. So … Continue reading

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“Everybody has a little ADHD.” — ADD Tip o the Day 474

“Everybody has a little ADHD.” Have you heard that before? Yes, but some of us have a whole lot of it and almost all the time.  That’s different. The quote above is from an article that actually has some good … Continue reading

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Music – Studying, or for any Task Needing Concentration —- ADD Tip o the Day 473

With ADD ADHD, studying and learning can be a challenge, but there are a lot of good strategies.  I regret not knowing where this post came from, but it’s good: I know maybe some of you have used this before … Continue reading

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Use Of Acetaminophen In Pregnancy Tied To AD/HD‏ ? — ADD Tip o the Day 472

This is of interest if you have ADD or ADHD, and of concern if you are pregnant or at risk for pregnancy (I chose that term deliberately, a little touch of humor?).  This is an example of the murkiness and … Continue reading

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Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 471

The new E book, Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD, 365 Tips o the Day, hasn’t got many reviews yet, tho it is starting to sell pretty well, thank you all.  So when I got a bad review, it … Continue reading

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Piddling, Dithering, and Procrastinating — ADD Tip o the Day 470

With ADD ADHD, we know it’s hard to get started, to get to something, especially if it might be difficult or unpleasant.  Right?  And we can find ourselves involved in all kinds of distractions – piddling. Now I’m retired; it’s … Continue reading

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Stay On Task In Spite of ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 469

Seems to me the primary basic problem in ADD ADHD is that we can’t focus when we need to.  Just telling someone to “focus” isn’t all that helpful; in fact, if we could focus, we probably wouldn’t need to reading … Continue reading

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Happy Valentines Day, to Everyone Who Loves Someone with ADD or ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 468

My wife has stuck with me with my ADD all these years.  OK, she has had some complaints sometimes, but she has been very helpful.  I couldn’t have made it without her. She picks up a lot of the slack, … Continue reading

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Dystechnologica — ADD Tip o the Day 467

With ADD or ADHD, or possibly with aging(?), it is possible to be over whelmed by technology. Why do half my posts suddenly turn bold and why can’t I unturn them?  Why do my posts and Emails suddenly turn to … Continue reading

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Medications for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 466

Here is Dr Pomery on the ADD ADHD meds: David Pomeroy MD Private Practice in Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD The AMA actually does not take positions on clinical treatments, but the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy … Continue reading

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Momma Puts ADD ADHD Strategies To Use — ADD Tip o the DAY 465

There is evidence that the ADD ADHD strategies work.  This in from Momma who had some questions: Thank you so much for breaking down the cards/lists strategies for me. I know I asked a lot and I appreciate your taking … Continue reading

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Cards and Lists, Help for ADD ADHD, for Momma — ADD Tip o the Day 464

The Red Card Momma asked for details about how to use the card system for ADD ADHD.   So: First, red card for the to do list, limited to 5 things.  That’s the tasks for today, tho may not get all … Continue reading

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The Best ADD ADHD Post — ADD Tip o the Day 463

I just read what may be the best ADD ADHD post ever, from Homey (Patty).  I will not copy it here but give you the link.  It is great! overwhelmed by homey It’s worth it. doug other overwhelmed links (it’s … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Ideas from Others, and Endorsements — ADD Tip o the Day 462

The purpose of the books is to help people with ADD ADHD live better, tho I admit there is no objection to making a profit too .  This nice note is from my sister, who does not have ADD or … Continue reading

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Schedule,Routine,Blocks of Time — ADD Tip o the Day 461

Momma complains of totally disorganized, out of whack, doesn’t know how to start.  For ADD ADHD, that is disaster.  Momma, I don’t know you personally and I don’t know your circumstances, so this is one way to start but you … Continue reading

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How to Use Cards, etc, for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 460

Momma has suggested more details about using cards, lists, small steps and priorities for adult ADD ADHD.  And some other questions. This will take a few posts. CARDS: the red card, list of five, things to be attempted today. Limit … Continue reading

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More on Structure, Routine, and Schedule for ADD ADHD -ADD Tip o the Day 458

With ADD or ADHD, we need routine and schedule, in order to have structure in our lives.  Maybe this is less important for vanilla people, who are free to live in the moment and be spontaneous and just follow any … Continue reading

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Let’s talk About Distractions — ADD Tip o the Day 457

Distraction distraction distraction : Oh, my sweet ADD ADHD! We were lunching at Clafutti’s, our great Santa Fe French bistro, when the alarm on my iPhone went off.  That’s every day at 1:45 to remind me to take off my … Continue reading

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ADD and ADHD and Change and Retirement and Structure and Menopause and and and — Add Tip o the Day 456

Trying to do too much, typical ADD. I want to address that, and further address the great suggestions/questions I got, and also the new NYT article on ADHD and ritalin etc, and  and — don’t you see?  This could turn … Continue reading

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Schedule and Structure and Routine — ADD Tip o the Day 455

Homey and Scott raised good questions about coping with ADD ADHD.  These questions are especially interesting to me since I’m struggling with the same issues, because I’ve just retired and have lost my schedule and much of my structure, and, … Continue reading

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Strategies For Using Strategies for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 454

Are you using strategies for your ADD ADHD problems? Strategies are the key to living better with ADD ADHD, though medication (ritalin, adderall, antidepressant) can be very helpful. For one thing, it can help us focus enough so that we … Continue reading

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Did It Again, Again — ADD Tip o the Day 453

Life with ADD ADHD! It was the same thing again, but different.  This time it wasn’t about losing my glasses. We were volunteering at the shelter; my job was to take care of the name tags. They gave  me a … Continue reading

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Requests for your help — for ADD Tip o the Day in 2014

I am asking for your input- What new topics would you like addressed here?   Any you like addressed again? Any changes you would recommend? Remember that I love your comments, Thank You! and that you can share with the … Continue reading

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Thank you to all who follow the blog and special thanks to all who comment.  As well of course to all who have purchased one of the … Continue reading

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Information About ADD ADHD and Red Flags — ADD Tip o the Day 452

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to educate yourself about ADD ADHD.  Become an expert. How do you do that? I could recommend some books, but modesty restrains me.  There is also a lot of … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Meds vs Structure — ADD Tip o the Day 447

This is a reply to Amit Ronen, who is against children being drugged and is for letting them be their energetic selves and climb trees and play football: Amit, yes, we need to design the school, and parenting, to fit … Continue reading

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Controversies about ADD ADHD, and Your Opinions? — ADD Tip o the Day 445

Do you have an opinion? There are many controversies and myths about ADD or ADHD; I’ve addressed many of them many times.  So I’d like to collect your viewpoints and opinions on any of them. Here are the main ones; … Continue reading

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The Forgetting Curve, Studying Part 4 — ADD Tip o the Day 444

This applies to anyone wanting to learn anything, whether or not a student, or ADD, ADHD, or not.  For example, I’m trying to learn the towns of New Mexico. To condense and oversimplify: If you memorize something 100% and don’t … Continue reading

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Busy — ADD Tip o the Day 442

If we have ADD or ADHD we tend to find ourselves busy, overloaded, even overwhelmed. from Lou Ann: Doing more only to do less — do we glorify busy? Author Tim Kreider believes ‘Our frantic days are really just a … Continue reading

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Studying With ADD or ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 441

When we have ADD or ADHD, studying can be a real booger.  Plus, lots of people don’t know how to study (I sure didn’t ’til  second year med school).  And then there’s the difference between studying to pass a test, … Continue reading

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Reading with ADD or ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 440

The next ADD or ADHD post will be on how to study, with more good comments from Abhi.  Then a neat one about how we keep keeping ourselves busy.  The current tip is on reading.  If I’m hoping to retain … Continue reading

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Breaks- the Good and The Bad — ADD Tip o the Day 439

Breaks are important for anyone, but especially for us with ADD or ADHD.  I wrote that they are necessary, and there is good research showing they increase productivity, but  it is a problem to not let them get out of … Continue reading

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Frustration — ADD Tip o the Day 438

This issue is not particularly ADD or ADHD, it’s just human, but my ADD makes it worse – no patience, remember? Things aren’t going quite the way I want, and I’m getting flooded with frustration.  I’m trying hard to control … Continue reading

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Sometimes They Just Don’t Get It — ADD Tip o the Day 436

More from the blog about French children don’t have ADHD, or ADD, or whatever, filled with many opinions, mostly expressed with absolute certainty – doesn’t that feel good, to be absolutely certain about something? So a post from a school … Continue reading

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What Does It Really Matter? — ADD Tip o the Day 435

Sometimes it take a significant incident to help us see things in perspective.  That happened with me recently.  Is this particularly a problem for those of us with ADD or ADHD? So I  got a new strategy, a tool, that … Continue reading

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Patience? With ADD, Not So Much —- Add tip o the Day 434

With ADD or ADHD, are we short on both willpower and patience?   Aren’t they related somehow? I was looking for some information on a website and was forced to sit thru the first part of a video to be able … Continue reading

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Science or Hash? And ADD ADHD —Part Three- for ADD ADHD — Tip o the Day 433

We all have our beliefs about ADD and ADHD, and often state them as though they were fact.  There are many source for these beliefs: hearsay: “My cousin’s friend had a neighbor whose brother took ritalin and his ears fell … Continue reading

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Science or Hash? and ADD ADHD part Two — ADD tip o the Day 432

“There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Mark Twain With science, what could possibly go wrong? Correlations: The increased diagnosis in the USA and the price of eggs in China have both been rising at the same rate.  Coincidence?? This is … Continue reading

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Science or Hash? And ADD ADHD— ADD tip o the Day 431

So, what about science as applied to ADD or ADHD?  Wouldn’t it be nice to know what causes it?  And even better, how to cure it?? Well, now you can find out easily.  Just clik on the french children link … Continue reading

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Plan Ahead – Packing — ADD Tip o the Day 430

Is packing for a trip kind of a standing joke for those of us with ADD or ADHD?  Has your significant other learned to ask, ” Did you pack this?  Did your remember that?”   Do you tend to find … Continue reading

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Step Back Part 3 – So How Did I Do? — Tip o the Day 429

On the trip I became tense and pressured, like you can get with ADD or ADHD.  You know what I mean?  So I became aware of it, and stepped back. Then: 1. I prayed about it. 2. I started taking … Continue reading

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Conversation Follow Up from Southwestern College

Thanks to all attendees at our conversation “ADHD – the Ignored Problem”,  Oct 2 and for your great participation.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Of course, having ADD or ADHD, I had a problem with … Continue reading

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Step Back Part Two — ADD Tip o the Day 428

With ADD or ADHD, how can we try to reduce the sense of pressure and hurry and worry? First, I broke this into two posts, saving myself some time and effort, therefore reducing pressure, and keeping it not too long … Continue reading

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Step Back — ADD Tip o the Day 427

Stepping back is a highly useful technique for anyone, not just those of us with ADD or ADHD I suddenly stepped back this morning, and I was surprised – appalled is maybe too strong a word – surprised to realize … Continue reading

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De clutter ADD Tip o the Day 426

For those of us with ADD or ADHD, ADDerWorld.ning.com is a great assett.  Ratan hit it on the head again there : Reply by Ratan Shetty  I have got into the routine of de-cluttering when I am having high energy levels, usually at … Continue reading

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Guest Tips for ADD or ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 425

Bonnie’s time management blog, JJ’s constructive strategies and use of goals and small steps, and of course, Jonathon’s  book review are all worth sharing with you. amjjstone says: September 19, 2013 at 6:31 pm (Edit) I like to multitask by … Continue reading

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Principles For ADD or ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 424

Here’s a review of the principles for coping with ADD or ADHD: 1. Identify a problem, devise a strategy, make it a rule, stick with it until it becomes a habit. Then you don’t have to think about it or … Continue reading

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Losing It – and Relationships Maybe You Need To Lose? — ADD Tip o the Day 422

Well, I haven’t lost anything else since the credit card – yet – but my Kindle went blooey – not from anything I did, though with ADD or ADHD you’re never quite sure, are you?  Thanks for all the comments … Continue reading

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Not Again! Again — ADD Tip o the Day 421

If you have ADD or ADHD it keeps life interesting, doesn’t it, and also for your significant other. For convenience, I keep my credit card and drivers license in a little wallet in my pants pocket. OK, so I lost … Continue reading

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Toxic — ADD Tip o the Day 419

Some people are toxic for us and it is better to avoid or minimize contact.  A christmas card once a year can be a good way to stay in contact.  or not. I also recommend, the Dance of Anger, by … Continue reading

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Had Enough — ADD Tip o the Day 418

I had planned to work until I died, just taper down. But I was getting tired, so I decided to retire at 80. I have a very small practice, so I do all my paper work.  One day I spent … Continue reading

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Knob, a Follow Up — ADD Tip o the Day 417

Fifteen minutes after I finished the post about spilling the coffee, the dyscoordination that comes with ADD or ADHD, I got some olives out of the fridge.  When I put the little olive tub back, it hit the little raspberry … Continue reading

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Knob – A Klutz Story — ADD Tip o the Day 416

Today I reached for the jar of instant decaf, and knocked it over.  Coffee grains all over the counter.  Clumsiness tends to run with ADD or ADHD.  But so does creativity! I got a catalog out of the recycle bag, … Continue reading

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Alternative treatments for ADD or ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 415

OK, so maybe you don’t like the idea of taking ritalin, adderall, concerta or the other stimulants, or even straterra or wellbutrin.  Maybe you prefer “natural” substances, or none at all.  OK, that’s your choice;  I’m not going to argue … Continue reading

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Routine — ADD Tip o the Day 414

Those of us with ADD or ADHD need routine in our lives.  It is part of structure. It helps me know where I am in the day  and  what I will need to do next. It saves me from some … Continue reading

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Take Time Off — ADD Tip o the Day 412

This is  a guest post from Tracy Alloway, PhD.  Enjoy! Take a Predictable-Time-Off Break (for Working Adults) > > Turn off your BlackBerry to turn on your productivity. That’s the > message from Leslie Perlow at the Harvard Business School. … Continue reading

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Did It Again! — ADD Tip o the Day 411

This is basic ADD ADHD: Wife asked me to change lightbulb, told me she left the new one out on the counter.  I looked where I thought she meant, then i looked on the other counters, then I looked everywhere.  … Continue reading

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New Information — ADD Tip o the Day 410

You don’t have to have ADD or ADHD to benefit from this: Did you know that if you fill up a big rectangular plastic tub with water, 0h, like maybe to soak your foot in or something, and heat it … Continue reading

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Good News (for a change) — ADD tip o the Day 409

A recent study showed that adult ADD or ADHD parents started on a stimulant  (in this case Vyanse,a form of amphetamine), developed better parenting skills.  In this study, they also had a child with ADD or ADHD, and the children’s  … Continue reading

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St. Paul on ADD — Tip o the Day 407

yes! We can find ADD or ADHD everywhere if we are just alert to it.  What do you think? Romans 7:15-20 New International Version (NIV) 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do … Continue reading

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Distracted But Bragging — ADD Tip o the day 406

I’m struggling to finish the new ADD or ADHD book but I’m distracted.  Too much going on and a couple of glitches – need to take out two weak pages and replace them with strong ones, THEN need to find … Continue reading

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Lisa, Life With ADD, part 2 — ADD Tip o the Day 404

“I hear ya on the time management “tips” on the internet in general…I think most of those are written by people who don’t have ADHD or know much about it. It’s like a sighted person writing “tips for seeing” for … Continue reading

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What Is ADD Really? — ADD Tip o the Day 401

Boy, there’s a lot of theories out there.  And certainly a lot of OPINIONS.  What is ADD (or ADHD)? ADD doesn’t exist: it’s just a conspiracy to make doctors and pharma rich.  It’s caused by food additives or diet.  It’s … Continue reading

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New Principles — ADD Tip o the Day 400

In reading some of the issues of folks on ADDerworld, I realize that I have two other principles in addition to the three I’ve already written about: 4. If you work hard and are able to make changes, it will … Continue reading

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Genes part 2 — ADD Tip o the Day 399

We, at least most of us, have 24 chromosomes plus 2 sex chromosomes, xx or xy for most of us, half from our mother and half from our father.  The genes are carried on these chromosomes.  Science has been searching … Continue reading

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One Size Fits All? — ADD Tip o the Day 397

This is following up on tatum channing’s rant about ADD or ADHD medications (adderal, vyvanse, amphetamines, ritalin) .  Ann made a very pertinent comment: Ann • We must not forget that there are different types of A.D.H.D. Factors that can … Continue reading

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“ADHD Meds Are Like Coke or Crystal Meth” — ADD Tip o the Day 395

This is the title of an article by Channing Tatum (should I know who that is? – ok, i just googled him, interesting) on medicines for ADD or ADHD. Like many bizarre or erroneous ideas, there is a grain of … Continue reading

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The French Way — ADD Tip o the Day 393

Below is my entry into the fray provoked by an article ‘Why French Children Don’t Have ADHD’, which discussed child rearing methods and the benefits of spanking, among other things.  Lots of interesting comments. 1. I don’t know the best … Continue reading

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Singing It to Learn — ADD Tip o the Day 392

Abhi had a great study tip; he memorized the fat soluble amino acids by singing them. I remembered that I learned the alphabet in the same way. I am geographically challenged.  I want to know the geography of New Mexico.  … Continue reading

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Errors in Thinking — ADD Tip o the Day 391

from a great post from  jeff , on common errors in thinking.  not really related to ADD, but do you think that we are more prone to them??? anyways, they sure can make ADD worse. (and how can you controll … Continue reading

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DisTract Ed — ADD Tip o the Day 390, and oh, by the way —-

Had planned for the new book to come out in June. Hah! Maybe July, but don’t count on it. We started cleaning out the garage, and came to the boxes of memorabilia.  Family fotos and documents, going way back.  Enough … Continue reading

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The Small Tasks — ADD Tip o the Day 389

With ADD or ADHD, we are victims of distractions, and things don’t get finished. Here’s a simple rule – if you’re doing a small task, don’t let anything interrupt it until you finish.  Make this a rule.  If a distraction … Continue reading

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Sleep Disorder? — ADD Tip o the Day 388

The ADD or ADHD world is abuzz, I mean abuzz! about Dr. Thakkar’s article in the 4/28/2013 New York Times.  He says that some people with ADD or ADHD might be misdiagnosed, and might instead have a sleep disorder causing … Continue reading

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Is It the Vitamin C? — ADD Tip o the Day 387

Bonnie Mincu points us to some new information, new to me, about the stimulants (Ritalin, ADDerall, etc) for ADD or ADHD.  Turns out that vitamin C, or orange juice, will make the medicines less effective.  It will be OK if … Continue reading

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Coach and Therapy for Anger — ADD tip o the Day 386

A response to Holly on ADDerworld, who is concerned about her anger, and says that she know all the things she should be doing but is having a hard time doing them: “Holly, you recognize the problem, that it is … Continue reading

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Not Me! —- ADD Tip o the Day 384

I was looking forward to  La Cruzada, the weekend spiritual retreat. I packed my suitcase and my bedding, printed out the google map, found the church on my GPS,  and drove to it. I was able to find it, tho … Continue reading

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List of Three — ADD Tip o the Day 383

For ADD or ADHD, the two most important lists are the list of five and the list of one. The next most important is the long list (everything you need to do).  Then there is also  the list of three. … Continue reading

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Hassles — ADD Tip o the Day 382

Just lost my credit card.  Again. This time, also my drivers license and spare key, all in the same little wallet.  Must have walked off and left it on the table in the restaurant.  Called, they couldn’t find it.  Went … Continue reading

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Losing It — ADD Tip o the day 381

A slightly edited comment from Jen on ADDerworld “-emotional control, frustration, outbursts….ya ADD fits in. Not sure if you mean you are having trouble with nervous energy, or sleep, or at the moment of frustration….. Here are some random suggestions … Continue reading

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Recent Research — ADD Tip o the Day 380

Tidbits on ADD ADHD: “ADHD is estimated to be present in 3%-7% of children, while adult ADHD has an estimated prevalence of 4.4%.  In those diagnosed as children, rates of ADHD persistence into adulthood span 30% to 70%. It is … Continue reading

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Puryear’s Principles —- ADD Tip o the day 379

This is just human nature, but these issues are more critical if we have ADD or ADHD: 1. we will struggle and struggle with a problem; once we find a solution, we will stop doing it (AA, antidepressants, regular exercise, … Continue reading

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Wrong Again??? — ADD tip o the Day 377

A recent AJ Psychiatry reported  a meta review of studies of non pharmacological interventions for ADD or ADHD in children.   I was surprised that elimination of artificial food coloring showed a small positive effect.  This was thought to be limited … Continue reading

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Anahi interview —- ADD Tip o the Day 376

Anahi Ortiz is a pediatrician, ADD or ADHD coach, and a blogger.  I greatly respect her knowledge and opinions. – How did you get involved in ADD ADHD?_ When I was in med school my first rotation was psychiatry and … Continue reading

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I Was Wrong — ADD Tip of the Day 375

I was sure that people without ADD or ADHD did not respond to ritalin (methylphenidate), but just got a little anxiety or maybe a little hyper.  My friend who is a college psychiatrist assures me that kids are taking ritalin … Continue reading

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Change — ADD Tip o the Day 374

If we have ADD or ADHD we need to be open to change, to find strategies to our lives go better. Change can be hard.  Often we don’t even realize that change is an option.  Therapists talk about patients who … Continue reading

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Multitasking — ADD Tip o the Day 373

With ADD or ADHD, we often aren’t aware of what’s happening (tho I’m not sure this is limited to ADD/HD). There I was, cruising down the highway at 72 mph.  Listening to the radio, squeezing a cork in my free … Continue reading

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Slips and Failures — ADD Tip o the Day 372

With ADD or ADHD we are plagued by slips and failures.  But AA teaches that slips are to be expected and we need to have a plan for them to help us just get back on the track. I was … Continue reading

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ADD,ADHD,Stigma, and Coming Out — ADD Tip o the Day 371

Some people with ADD or ADHD have commented on being ashamed or embarrassed,  or afraid to openly acknowledge the problem.  I cannot criticize them because I do not know their circumstances. I have ADD, which I am not ashamed of anymore than … Continue reading

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Staying On Task — ADD Tip o the Day 370

michelle, for ADD or ADHD: you are right about focusing on strengths.  you just need strategies to cope with your not so strongs where they actually cause a problem. ideas for strategies to stay on task: break tasks into small … Continue reading

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Aspirations — ADD Tip o the Day 369

Scott, one of us ADD or ADHD people, made a very nice comment on the Frazzled post and gave me permission to use it here (slightly edited for length): “– the idea of making an aspiration in the morning and … Continue reading

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Frazzled strategies — ADD Tip o the Day 368

For living with ADD or ADHD we need strategies, and here’s the ones I used to get unfrazzled, as promised in Tip 367. First, obviously, reverse the causes of frazzled: So got more sleep, took a nap.  Too cold to … Continue reading

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Frazzled, or, does ADD get worse? — ADD Tip o the Day 367

I don’t think adult ADD or ADHD gets better or worse over time, but it certainly does fluctuate.  Right now I’m feeling frazzled.  Too much going on, too much to do.  I’m forgetting things, losing things, making mistakes –  My … Continue reading

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Sticking With It, Part 2 — ADD Tip o the Day 366

My wife, who knows a lot about ADD or ADHD after all these years, said I misquoted her on the last post.   I thought she had asked, “Is it working?”, meaning the whole thing.  She says she was specifically asking … Continue reading

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Sticking with it— ADD Tip o the Day 364

I wrote about sitting, and how,  like we with ADD or ADHD do, I started out with great enthusiasm, set unrealistically high goals, and then petered out.  But I picked it up again, with a more realistic goal, and I … Continue reading

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Mess It Up, a new strategy — ADD Tip o the Day 362

Just learned a brand new strategy from a man with ADD or ADHD.  He couldn’t get himself to clean up his desk, and the clutter made everything harder to do, and so he was getting frustrated and kind of demoralized, … Continue reading

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Leonardo da Vinci — ADD TIp o the Day 361

I believe that beauty can be found all round us, if we just look. So can ADD or ADHD. excerpts from a small book review, The New Yorker, January 14, 2013: “Leonardo and the Last Supper, by Ross King (Walker) … Continue reading

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Sit and Be — ADD tip o the day 360

Getting better at this.  Just sitting takes discipline (willpower, self control) which is not a strong point with ADD or ADHD.  I say, “Oh, yeah, I will sit right after I finish this blog.” and then I jump right into something else instead.  … Continue reading

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Have A Fantastic Day — ADD Tip o the Day 359

Those of us with ADD or ADHD easily fall into a down mood.  I have a new mantra to help combat that tendency – At night : “Tomorrow is going to be a fantastic day, with many interesting surprises and … Continue reading

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The Straight Scoop On Medicines — ADD Tip o the Day 357

For many with ADD or ADHD the medications, ritalin and other stimulants (and a few others) are a great help.  For others, not so much.  I have not seen any problems with them, other than occasional mild side effects for  … Continue reading

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2012 in review- the blog stats

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.  My thanks to all of you who have followed and especially my gratitude to you commenters.  Please keep up the comments!  They make it so much more … Continue reading

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Abhi Has Strategies — ADD Tip o the Day 354

Abhi has ADD or ADHD, and has been struggling with studying  for an important exam.  He has been using the ADDerworld for advice, encouragement and general support.  And he has learned some strategies.  Here is his report (with his permission): … Continue reading

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Pause Part One — ADD Tip o the Day 352

My sister, who does not have ADD or ADHD, recommended the Power of Pause, by Terry Hershey.  She said I would put it on my blog.  Here it is.  It is good.  How much is the being driven, hard to … Continue reading

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Procrastination? — or Not? — ADD Tip o the Day 351

With ADD or ADHD, you’ll know about procrastination, one of our main symptoms.  But I think this is about a problem with time, not procrastination.  I wasn’t putting off getting my wife’s Christmas present, it’s just that Christmas seemed so … Continue reading

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Aware? — ADD Tip o the Day 350

I spilled a glass of wine last night; fortunately my reflexes are still good and I caught the glass before it broke.  Is that age or ADD or ADHD?  Or aging with ADD?  Am I careless or is it my … Continue reading

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Discouraged, Demoralized, Depressed —- ADD Tip o the Day 349

If you have ADD or ADHD do you ever get into this state?  If you haven’t, then I question the diagnosis, but if you want to experience this, here’s the recipe for how to get there: think of what you … Continue reading

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Whining — Not Really An ADD Tip of the Day 348

Well, Medicare has come out with a new set of regulations, coding and documenting, that will be adopted by all the insurance companies apparently.  The coding is very complicated; even if I didn’t have ADD I’d  have trouble understanding and … Continue reading

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Bad Things About Ritalin — ADD Tip o the day 347

What bad things have you read or heard about Ritalin (methylphenidate)? Many of us with ADD or ADHD function much better with help from Ritalin.  It helps us focus, which is a primary issue.  It also helps with motivation and … Continue reading

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Ritalin and Rape — ADD Tip o the Day 344

With ADD or ADHD, educating ourself is an important tool, and it’s important that we get accurate information.   And we may have a tendency to be gullible. For example, recently Indiana GOP U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, informed us that … Continue reading

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Retail Therapy? — ADD Tip o the Day 343

This is a follow up on the ADD or ADHD posts on spending and money problems.  Many people use shopping as a way to deal with, or to avoid dealing with, painful and unpleasant feelings.  It’s like a fix – … Continue reading

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Procrastinating Again! — ADD Tip o the Day 342

If you have ADD or ADHD, you probably know a lot about procrastinating.  It is one of our major and most common problems. A very intelligent man is talking about his dishes, which are piling up in the sink.  The … Continue reading

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Money Problems — ADD Tip o the Day 341

Money is a common ADD or ADHD problem.  We are impulsive, for one thing. There are a lot of strategies to help cope with this; some of them may not be appealing to you, depends on how big a problem … Continue reading

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Avoidance or Procrastination? — ADD Tip o the Day 340

Those of us with ADD or ADHD struggle with both of these, avoidance and procrastination.  I’ve wondered about the difference between them, but put off doing anything about it. I had an idea but wasn’t sure; it seemed a little … Continue reading

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Stuck, and No Motivation — ADD Tip o the Day 338

We with ADD or ADHD can easily get overwhelmed, demoralized, disorganized, unmotivated and just plain stuck. For the motivation issue, there are many strategies            ( I can’t recall which post I just wrote this on, and I’m not motivated to … Continue reading

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Deja Vu all over again —- ADD Tip o the Day 336

Have read a lot lately from people with ADD and ADHD who have a lot of deja vu experiences, and the question is –  is it related to the ADD or ADHD?  I don’t know; I’ve had a fair number … Continue reading

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Ten Things I Find It Hard to Believe — Add Tip of the Day 335

1. that ADD doesn’t exist – because I have it, others have it, and research shows difference in our brains from “vanilla” folks 2. that it is just a matter of character, of willpower, or of needing to “just try … Continue reading

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So many choices — ADD Tip o the Day 334

Modern life is filled with so many choices, and that is a special problem if we have ADD or ADHD – how many channels can you get on your TV? how many brands of what you want are on the … Continue reading

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I’m Too Disorganized To Organize — ADD Tip of the Day 333

My good friend with ADD or ADHD says she loves the blog posts but doesn’t have the compulsiveness to put them to use, too disorganized to be able to get organized.  She makes notes and lists on yellow stickies but … Continue reading

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Meditating etc — ADD Tip o the Day 330

Important for ADD or ADHD – will power etc.   Turns out it’s not just will power.  Research is showing that we awaken each AM with a limited pool of psychic energy, which gets used every time we exert will power, … Continue reading

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The Little Calendar — ADD Trip o the Day 329

another strategy for ADD or ADHD – Do you ever feel stuck or overwhelmed or just have a bunch of things to do and can’t figure out how to get started?  Welcome to the club. I don’t use this often … Continue reading

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Victim or Master? —- ADD Tip o the Day 327

Are you a victim of ADD or ADHD?  Or are you a master of it?   I think a lot depends on your attitude, and it is a feedback loop.  The more you see yourself as a victim, the less likely … Continue reading

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What Am I Missing? — ADD Tip o the Day 326

Is this another ADD or ADHD problem? I don’t watch or listen to podcasts, you tubes, conference calls, and all kinds of other casts, calls, tubes, pods etc that I see offered.  Many of them look quite good and from … Continue reading

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FREE BOOK — ADD Bonus Tip o the Day

thanks to bryan hutchinson, you can win a free copy of Your Life Can Be Better, signed ( if that matters)  clik here and scroll down a little.  offer ends in November. thats right – a FREE copy of YOUR … Continue reading

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To Sleep or Not to Sleep; That is the Question? —- ADD Tip o the Day 323

I think that’s what Hamlet said.  Or Shakespeare.  Or one of those guys.  Or something like that.  But I am confused.  I believe that sleep is very important for us with ADD or ADHD, but a New York Times article … Continue reading

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Staying on Top — ADD Tip o the Day 322

This doesn’t apply only to ADD or ADHD: A very good teacher is telling me that she’s thinking of leaving teaching.  She loves teaching but the pay is lousy and she hates grading papers.  She does all her grading on … Continue reading

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Comorbidity ie More Problems — ADD Tip o the Day 321

I’m reading a lot from people with ADD or ADHD about the many problems they are having in life.  It can be hard to untangle how much that is due to ADD or is a separate issue.  Especially since ADD … Continue reading

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