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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ADD or ADHD, Or Just An Excuse? — ADD Tip o the day 345

It may be hard for our partner or our boss or our teacher or even our friend, to believe that ADD or ADHD really exists, or that it’s what’s behind our behavior, what we do or what we fail to … 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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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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Time to Stop — ADD Tip o the Day 339

This is really about mindfulness and awareness – good for anyone, especially for those of us with ADD or ADHD. I am giving up playing Freecell. There is nothing wrong with playing Freecell.   I’ve been playing  two, maybe three games … 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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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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Strategies — The Pills ADD Tip o the Day 328

Just got a new example of the principle -problem, strategy, rule, habit- for those of us with ADD or ADHD. My rule is to take all of my pills the first thing when I get up, every day.  That way … 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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Choices part 2 — ADD Tip o the day 319

Too many choices, especially with ADD or ADHD – we tend to be creative and curious and have an interest in everything.  Have to choose – I did give up chess.  Want to do this blog, check out facebook and … Continue reading

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Choices — ADD Tip o the Day 318

We have a lot of choices; this can be a good thing or a bad thing, especially if we have ADD or ADHD.  It is good to recognize that we don’t have to stay in a rut. This is the … Continue reading

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The Secret To Catching Up —– ADD Tip o the Day 317

. . . you can’t — that’s the secret. doug    there will still be things on your to do list when you die. so relax and just keep plugging away.

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ritalin – cons and pros —– ADD Tip o the Day 314

Here is my current take on ritalin for ADD or ADHD: con- maybe you don’t like taking medicine, maybe prefer (unregulated) “naturals” .                                   … Continue reading

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sense of humor – (sense?) — ADD Tip o the Day 311

Maybe the creativity and out of the box thinking that blesses ADD and ADHD gives us an extra dose of sense of humor.  I think I have a great sense of humor, crack myself up all the time.   But a … Continue reading

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meds and foods — ADD Tip o the Day 309

There is a lot of controversy around medications and food, especially in ADD and ADHD. Although there are strong believers, I don’t think there is any really good evidence that additives or diet have much effect on ADD or ADHD. … Continue reading

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Get outdoors —- ADD Tip o the Day 308

Why does getting out doors help with ADD or ADHD? It’s  a big help, up there with getting enough sleep and exercising.  I don’t know why.  Maybe it helps clear our mind for awhile, like sitting.  My sitting works best when I … Continue reading

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Criticism reviews —ADD Tip o the day 307

Are you excessively sensitive to criticsm?  I don’t know that ADD or ADHD makes us extra sensitive, but maybe it does – our self esteem can be pretty fragile. I’ve had two negative reviews so far.  I’ve been told that … Continue reading

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“That won’t work for me.” —- ADD Tip o the Day 306

Sometimes I hear that when I suggest a strategy for ADD or ADHD – “That won’t work for me.”  Seems like four possibilities: 1.  they’ve never tried it. 2. they tried it, but not in an effective way. 3. if … Continue reading

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Staying Ahead of the Game —- ADD Tip o the Day 305

With ADD or ADHD we can procrastinate, let things pile up, get behind, and set up a vicious feedback loop as we get demoralized and find it even harder to do anything.  And we never know what’s going to pop … Continue reading

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ADD or ADHD Diagnosis — ADD Tip o the Day 304

This was my response to a guy who thinks he has ADD or ADHD and was starting to get on top of it, until he saw a doctor who told him he didn’t have it but was just anxious. And told him … Continue reading

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Getting There On Time — ADD Tip o the Day 303

With ADD or ADHD, we often have trouble getting somewhere on time.  If it matters, and it doesn’t always, here’s a set of strategies that might help – you may need to modify it for yourself – 1. write down … Continue reading

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How To Fail At A Project — ADD Tip o the Day 302

If we have ADD or ADHD, we have trouble finishing things. The man I was talking with had real doubts about his ability to complete his latest project.  He does have ADD.  We figured out how he could fail at … Continue reading

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The Principle — ADD Tip o the Day 301

The principle is :  identify the problem, make a strategy, make it a rule, make it a habit. Magpie did just this when she suggested a holder to hold my keys onto the gas pump, so I wouldn’t keep driving … Continue reading

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Things that are good for ADD or ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 300

(ADD tip o the day 300!  imagine!!!) These things are good for ADD or ADHD: sleep, exercise, structure, get out of doors Someone just posted that taking the ritalin just before bedtime helped him calm his mind enough that he … Continue reading

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Organizing — Tip of the Day 299

Kenn comments on people with ADD or ADHD, “We organize very differently than other people.”  I’m thinking about that, don’t know.  Certainly I function better if my desk is orderly and organized. I’ve given up on trying to keep it that … Continue reading

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ADHD or ADD and Weight Problems — ADD Tip o the Day 298

Anahi Ortiz has some good posts on ADD or ADHD and eating/weight problems.    I have a constant struggle with weight.  I use some of the basic concepts: Drink water before and during each meal.  Chew slowly and thoroughly and savor each … Continue reading

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“Just Try Harder” — ADD tip o the Day 297

If you have ADD or ADHD, didn’t you hear this growing up? Repeatedly?  “You just need to try harder.”  Did you learn the habit of saying this to yourself? There used to be a flyer for ADD or ADHD with a picture … 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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Hard days — ADD Tip o the day 295

Some days are hard.  I  feel overloaded, not at my best, disorganized, and I can’t get started.  That’s all part of ADD or ADHD, and we need strategies. 1.  if I have more than 5 things on my list of … Continue reading

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Can’t clean my room — ADD Tip o the Day 292

With ADD or ADHD we often just can’t get it done.  Roni laments that she can’t clean her room and about self flogging.     To respond – No, you can’t clean your room.  You cannot do it.  You can’t. But maybe you could clean … Continue reading

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The Have Done Non List — ADD Tip o the Day 287

This just in from my sister, Lucy, who does not have ADD or ADHD, but has been supportive of my struggles and was one of the  courageous reviewers of the terrible early drafts of the book: “A hint for the … Continue reading

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OCD and ADD — ADD Tip o the Day 284

Remember the movie, As Good As It Gets?  Jack Nicholson with OCD.  That’s the disorder, with symptoms.  But there is a spectrum, from style, traits, personality disorder, to (neurosis) disorder.  The majority of American males have obsessive-compulsive style, which doesn’t really … Continue reading

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Does it really matter? — ADD Tip o the day 281

“Is it really important?”  Our grandson is in the hospital, and we were taking a break by going to a movie (Marigold Hotel – great!).  Looked like we were going to be late, and I noticed myself getting all up tight … Continue reading

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Tidbits — ADD Tip o the Day 271

1. the blog has reached 9000 hits!  thank you all!  The book has sold over 1800 copies, the majority on kindle.  Thank you again! Very surprised and very pleased. 2.  I am reading and recommending 3 books: Willpower – baumeister Thinking, … Continue reading

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Exercise and ADD — ADD Tip o the day 270

Exercise and sleep help us function better if we have ADD or ADHD.  Strategies for exercise:  A: Make sure it’s not a chore, an unpleasant task.                             B: Make it a priority.                                                                                  C: Make it a routine, a habit. … Continue reading

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Willpower 4 3/4 —– ADD TIp o the day 268

I’m also reading Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow. It’s difficult but rewarding, crammed full of interesting information about how we think, decide, choose and act. Lots of it ahs application to ADD or ADHD.  There’s almost too much information and it … 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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Psychology of ADD: Perfectionism — ADD Tip o the day 263

So we with ADD or ADHD tend to a big dose of shame, and often we coped by trying to be perfect.   “I’ll show them; they’ll see I am worth something.”  and “If I do it perfectly, then nobody … Continue reading

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Comorbid: Dyslexia et al — ADD Tip o the day 261

With ADD or ADHD we are more likely to have learning problems – dyslexia, dyscalcula, dysgraphia.  I have a touch of each.  These are not actually part of ADD or ADHD, they just seem to frequently travel together. I read … Continue reading

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Budget and impulse buying — ADD Tip o the day 255

I was asked to comment on budget and impulse buying.   I might not be the best person for this, but – will offer a few thoughts: We were never able to keep a budget and spent a lot of … Continue reading

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Reading with ADD – Tip o the day 254

I love reading.  But do I have dyslexia, which often accompanies ADD or ADHD?  In general I don’t have a reading problem – maybe.  I do reverse numbers all the time, rarely letters.  I read fast, have no patience to … Continue reading

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Podcasts and ADD — ADD Tip o the day 251

Do you watch or listen to podcasts? I never have, but there’s some appealing topics  on facebook, some on ADD or ADHD.  I assumed that I wouldn’t have the time or the patience for them, but decided to check it out. Learned … Continue reading

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What I want to do —- ADD Tip o the day 250 (250!!!!!)

Saturday afternoon – I want to “relax” (what does “relax” mean?? anyway, I’m not good at it, but I’m good at “goofing off”.  What is the difference?  Maybe it’s that relaxing is intentional, a considered choice, with a purpose.) I’d … Continue reading

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– ADD Tip o the day 249

Bonnie Mincu’s blog came up with a concept new to me, that some of us ADDers or ADHDers think that using a calender is a cop out.  They pride themself on their memory.  Would this fit this any of my … Continue reading

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Success —- ADD Tip o the day 248

Just reached my morning goal, two miles on the treadmill.  Yea!! It’s important that I pause a few seconds to applaud myself -“Way to go, Doug!  Good job!”  Especially with ADD or ADHD. Why?  Because that’s positive reinforcement for doing … Continue reading

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The ADD coach — ADD Tip o the day 246

this the interview of Anahi Ortiz, MD, a pediatrician who is also an ADHD coach: Q: how did you get interested in ADHD? As a young pediatrician, I attended a conference on MBD, as it was known then, and have … Continue reading

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Succeeding —- ADD Tip o the day 244

Anahi Ortiz Md, pediatrician and ADHD coach interviewed me for her blog, about how I’ve managed in spite of ADD.  you might find it interesting :   clik here and it looks like i’ve learned how to do the “clik here” … Continue reading

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Sit! —- ADD Tip o the day 243

New idea!  – think it’s gonna be great!  if you have ADD or ADHD, or even if you don’t—– Went to weekend event, wasn’t what I’d expected, but was able to go into chapel by myself and SIT.  prayed a … Continue reading

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Putting it off — ADD Tip o the day 234

Most of you are too young to know the song The Arkansas Traveler.  The traveler finds an old man sitting in his flooded cabin playing his fiddle in a downpour while the roof is leaking. The traveler asks why the … Continue reading

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Whining — ADD Tip o the day 204

Life can be hard.  Life with ADD or ADHD is harder than without it.  There are lots of things worse tho.  So, is this whining or just acknowledging facts? But life with ADD or ADHD can become a lot easier … Continue reading

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Side effects —ADD Tip o the day 202

When I recommend a medication to someone (with or without ADD or ADHD), they often ask a very reasonable question, “What are the side effects?”    If I tell you the potential side effects, you are more likely to get them.   So I … Continue reading

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inattentive — ADD Tip o the day 197

One reader of the book commented that I didn’t say much about the inattentive type of ADD. Because I have the mixed type.  Most females with ADD have the inattentive type, so its not ADHD.  Like in so many other things, … 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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