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A New Approach to My ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 765

Manila folders are God’s gift to people with ADHD,  and yellow stickies may be his bonus gift. I have used my index card system successfully for many years, and have written and written about it. Quote O the Day: “Whenever … Continue reading

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Be Prepared, if you have ADHD, even if you’re not a Boy Scout — ADHD Tip O the Day 761

What could possibly go wrong, with ADHD? I was recently honored to be a guest, one of many, on Jennifer Friedman’s podcast.  I must confess that I don’t listen to podcasts, don’t have the patience, probably missing out on a … Continue reading

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Using ADHD Strategies On the Job  —  ADHD Tip O the Day 757

ADHD Strategies at Work Probably everyone uses strategies for their work, but it’s more essential if we have ADHD. I like my new job at the pen. I’ve needed to work out the strategies specific to this job. I’m writing complicated orders that have to be written perfectly.  I also need to make sure each patient’s name and the date are correctly put on the order and on each progress note. So I check each chart before I close it. Then, if I have time, I check each one again before I turn it in. I also complete each chart before I see the next patient, so I don’t get behind and feel rushed, and so I don’t need to remember anything about that patient for later. Some officers are fast in bringing the patients to me, so I have the patients wait while I finish the chart before I dismiss them. Then the new patients don’t arrive before I’m ready.  If the officers are slow, I dismiss the patient … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Rule for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 609

The ADD ADHD Problem I keep losing my car in parking lots. (Some of you might note that this problem is not limited to ADD ADHD) The Strategy  When I park the car, say OUT LOUD where it is -“3rd … 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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My Worst ADD ADHD Problem – – – ADD o the day 525

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

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Daytrana Patch (Ritalin) — ADD Tip o the Day 520

My Daytrana patch is helping. This is Ritalin absorbed through the skin. It gives me more control and doesn’t have the G.I. side effects I get from Ritalin. But I need to remember to take it off early, so that hopefully I … Continue reading

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

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

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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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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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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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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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Commitment — ADD Tip of the day 296

One of the hardest things for us with ADD or ADHD is to follow though, to finish, to persist after the novelty and the initial enthusiasm have worn off (is that one or three things?)  One strategy is commitment. First, … Continue reading

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Good news and bad news — ADD Tip o the Day 294

with ADD or ADHD, things happen:  bad news – I can’t believe that I drove off with the gas hose in the tank again!  3rd time.  I thought wouldn’t ever happen again, have a habit of checking before I drive off.  … Continue reading

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frustration and irritation followup — ADD Tip o the Day 280

Kilian  kindly  pointed out that one of the links on Tip 279 was wrong; took half hour of frustration to fix it, was forgetting to clik the update button after i corrected it.  over and over.  life with ADD or ADHD.  dystechnologica.  was … Continue reading

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The stress of coping with ADD — ADD Tip o the Day 273

She had read the book, and said, “It seems like you try so hard, it might be easier to just have ADD.”         or ADHD. Well, no. A) if I didn’t have strategies and keep working at it, my whole life … Continue reading

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Willpower #4 —- ADD Tip o the day 267

I’m reading a great book, Willpower, by Baumeister.  We start each morning with a pool of psychic energy, which gets depleted during the day each time we resist a temptation or make a decision.  So we become more and more vulnerable … Continue reading

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Envelope backs —– ADD Tip o the day 238

an insightful comment from Lucy.  I do like using envelope backs for the informal flexible evolving to-do-lists.  With ADD or ADHD we need all the strategies and tools we can find. refers to Tip 236:   “Do you know why … Continue reading

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Avoiding —- ADD Tip o the day 233

We all do that too, don’t we, if we have ADD or ADHD?  Kind of a special tool to facilitate procrastination.  And anything can be used.  Some other task.  An unimportant project – “I’ll just get all these papers alphabetized … Continue reading

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Excerpt? — ADD Tip o the day 209

thought I’d post an excerpt from the book.  Is this a good idea? or not so much? Chapter 3 Our focus center  Our focus center is different. This is the hypothetical spot in our brain that has to be turned … Continue reading

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Cause or effect? ADD Tip o the day 206

I see a lot of confusion, even among scientists, about cause and effect.  Recently heard a great lecture on the negative effects of stress on our bodies, brains, and minds.  Dr. said that studies show that people who take short … Continue reading

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Latest on willpower — ADD Tip o the day 205

Another NY Times article just out, agreeing that willpower is limited.  The people who do  best with willpower are those who use it least. They avoid temptation as much as possible.  If you have a problem with food, then put your … Continue reading

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Lists don’t work! —ADD Tip o the day 203

Three people have commented that lists don’t work for them.  Lists is a great strategy if you have ADD or ADHD.  But they don’t work, not by themselves.  You need strategies for using the strategy of lists. 1.  make a … Continue reading

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Good stuff — ADD Tip o the day 197

There is good free stuff on Pete Quily’s site.  He is an ADD coach in Canada who helped me with the book.  He offers a free coaching session and an e magazine.  check it out. http://www.addcoach4u.com/whoispetequily.html I haven’t used my free … Continue reading

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Make up your mind — ADD tip o the day 168

Feeling overwhelmed again, lots to do, long to do list.  Those of us with ADD or ADHD have trouble setting priorities, but I was able to make a list of five, the five top things.  Good strategy, but it didn’t … Continue reading

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Inattentive — ADD Tip o the day 167

I just did a blog on how I don’t really read what I’m reading, but just kind of skim thru and maybe don’t read the last bit at all.  I do not recommend this!   Now I noticed that I just … Continue reading

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Delegate —- ADD Tip o the day 166

The computer got messed up so I had to buy a new one.  I’m technologically challenged, so I hired a high school student to set it up.  I could have done the first part, but there were lots of complicated issues … Continue reading

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Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! — ADD Tip o the day 160

I feel like there is a big fly wheel turning inside, and it never stops.  The sound it makes is Hurry! Hurry! Hurry. My wife and I were on vacation, and I was waiting for her to get ready so … Continue reading

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Quien mucho abarca, poco aprieta. —ADD Tip o the Day 124

The person who embraces a lot doesn’t squeeze much.  This isn’t talking about hugging.  I have this afternoon off, so I’m writing the post that I will publish tomorrow. This will get done.  Then I will do something else, but … Continue reading

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denial and avoidance — ADD Tip o the day 116

I think we ADDers might use denial and avoidance more than the average person, though they aren’t integral parts of ADD.   I found a proofreader, and we reached an agreement, and I sent him the book to work on. … Continue reading

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Laugh —- ADD Tip o the day 84

Well, this is not just for ADD, but we do tend to to get down or frustrated more often than other people, don’t we? A recent New Yorker had an article on a doctor who has made an industry out … Continue reading

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Perception —– ADD Tip o the day 83

Perception, attitude, self talk – they all run together.  The new agers say that we create our own reality, reality is in the eye of the beholder.   It’s early morning; I can say I have a hard day ahead … Continue reading

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enjoy the good —ADD tip o the day 62

Life can be hard sometimes, for anyone, though it tends to be harder for those of us coping with ADD or ADHD.  I think one of ways we can cope with that is to enjoy the good times.  We need … Continue reading

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checking — ADD Tip o the day 78

Last night I tried out facebook, which I don’t understand. I found out what “status” does, tho why is it called that?  Then I tried “links”.  That worked!  Of course, since I was kind of excited and have ADD, I … Continue reading

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Listen —— ADD Tip o the day 67

I was just at a retreat where we did a candle light service.  They gave each of us a small white candle with a circle of paper to put around it to catch the wax.  Then, one by one, we … Continue reading

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vulnerable — ADD Tip o the day 65

A fellow ADDer commented that when we are tired we are more vulnerable.  She meant that we are more vulnerable to the symptoms of ADD or ADHD.  When we are tired we are more likely to blurt out, get distracted, … Continue reading

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State of mind ——-ADD Tip o the day 59

It is good to be aware of our state of mind – we can be frustrated, overwhelmed, rushed, frantic, mopey, tired, etc.   That would be one part of the practice of awareness, which is good for everyone, but especially if … Continue reading

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Time and ADD —– ADD Tip o the day 56

When we are young, our life stretches endlessly before us. We can afford to waste a day, or a few, or a week or so. Not every moment is precious, or at least we don’t recognize that it is. One … Continue reading

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Many sites ——– ADD Tip o the day 54

You may be amazed to learn that this is not the only ADD site on the net.  It is not even the only good one.  There are many sites on ADD and ADHD, on strategies, tools, coping , managing, thriving, suceeding and so … Continue reading

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Lost keys? – FOFA —– ADD Tip o the day 49

I found about a neat gadget and have put it in the book.  It may be the neatest thing for ADD or ADHD since the manila folder.  The find-one-find-all has a flat gadget with buttons on it to carry in … Continue reading

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Unstuck ——- ADD Tip o the day 47

If you’re trapped in the negative feedback loop – vicious cycle –  downward spiral into the ADD demoralized stuck pit   –       You Can Get Out !!  1. check yourself for the negative self  talk .  Identify it and counter it.    2. … Continue reading

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Morals and ADD ———- Tip of the Day 44

I asked a patient about his use of alcohol and drugs,                                                                  he made a comment about his”vices”.      A friend commented on his ADD, said rules don’t work for him because he just rebels against them, said he doesn’t have a  conscience, … Continue reading

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Serenity —— Tip o the day 40

We need to capitalize on our strengths.   What about our weaknesses? It is good to acknowledge them, so we can come up with strategies to cope with them. We can accept that we are not going to improve them very … Continue reading

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Laugh —- Tip o the day 38

There is a new ‘woo woo’ fad, laugh therapy.  There is some research showing that it has both physiological and psychological benefits.  After some more research supports it, it may not be ‘woo woo’ any loonger. We with ADD tend … Continue reading

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Goals ——— Tip o the day 36

I’ve written my goals for 2011.  I don’t make resolutions, because I never keep them. Some goals I reach, some I don’t, but I do work on all of them. I also review them occasionally to remind myself and to … Continue reading

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Diagnosis: part 3 -the last part—Tip o the day 35

So, if your’re not sure if you have ADD or not, you can look at all the symptoms I’ve talked about.  You can take some of the free tests on the net.  Then you can see a psychiatrist or a … Continue reading

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Frustration # 32 – Tip o the day 32

Scroll down past the bottom of this tip to see the tip 32 that  was supposed to here, or, clik on 32 diagnosis to the right. I just spent 30 minutes trying to get tip o the day  32 just … Continue reading

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Avoiding Tip o the day 27

What is the difference between procrastination and avoiding? To me, avoiding means I can procrastinate on it forever, it may never get done. Procrastination means I really need to do it, and will fairly soon. Santa Fe riddle: what does … Continue reading

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ADD & more frustration -tip o the day 10

spent the morning trying to get the blog verified wasnt working finally I found the “save changes” button on the bottom of the page below the window i was looking at. hadn’t been saving them. new rule: always look at … Continue reading

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add & frustrations Tip o the day 9

i get frustrated a lot.   and easily. those frustrations add up. but some of them I can do something about. losing the keys.  can’t find the other sock.  recognizing the right address stamper. the first step is recognizing that … Continue reading

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The Very Short List – tip o the day 8

I use a lot of lists the long list, the short list, the list of five, the list of three but the most important list right now is the list of one. I need to do this blog.   now.   that’s … Continue reading

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Do It Now! – tip o the day 7

do it now – this is hard, just go ahead and do it. this is instead of putting it on my to do list instead of saying, ” I need to do this later.” or any other form of procrastination. … Continue reading

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