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“Are We Overdiagnosing and Overtreating ADHD?” – Part Three, the Last and Maybe the Best— ADHD Tip O the Day 788

Final Installment On the ADHD Article by By Rahil R. Jummani, MD, highly edited. My opinions and comments are in italics. For what they’re worth. Prevalence: Prevalence estimates have been increasing, with a prevalence in US children of over 8% … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Irritability and ADD ADHD— ADD Tip O the Day 673

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Don’t Need Structure — ADD Tip o the Day 519

Escape from structure Camil and others write about being free of structure, “Relief from all this silly rules.” And “Just let my mind fly anywhere it wants to.” That sounds wonderful to me, and now that I’m retired, seems like … 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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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ADD and journaling — ADD Tip o the day 189

Journaling has a lot of benefits for anyone.  Probably the important ones for those of us with ADD or ADHD are that it is stress relieving and it also enhances awareness.  It helps us to get things that are bugging … Continue reading

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Overwhelmed again part 2 — ADD Tip o the day 157

There are two main strategies for overwhelmed: 1.  Make the big list, everything you need to do.  Make a short list, the most urgent or important.  Pick one, maybe break it into small steps.  Pick one, usually the hardest, focus … Continue reading

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The small voice — ADD Tip o the day 156

I got instructions off the net of how to fix the computer.  They didn’t work.  I had the necessary installation disc in the disc drive.  I have two disc drives.  I thought of putting it in the other one, but … Continue reading

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Does ADD Get Better? —- Tip o The day 151

People sometimes ask if ADD or ADHD gets better. Well, there are some programs that are supposed to help, like balancing and coordination exercises, and someone just told me that the memory program at cogmed.com has helped them.  And the … Continue reading

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Decide the night before — ADD Tip o the day 148

The list of five is a crucial strategy.  Then we need to pick one. For many of us coping with ADD or ADHD it is good to make the list and pick one the night before.  When we wake up … Continue reading

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Handwriting — ADD Tip o the day 147

Believe it or not, my handwriting continues to get better.  It is almost semi legible most of the time now.  I just had this fantastic insight- if I want my handwriting to be better I need to focus some of my attention on how … Continue reading

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Worrying — ADD TIp o the day 139

I have some concerns about the book: 1. to some it sounds like my life is very hard with all the rules and strategies.  It is not; they have made my life much easier than it was 2. It may … Continue reading

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ADD and loving it — ADD Tip o the day 138

That’s the title of the show my wife and I watched on PBS last night.  It is highly recommended for anyone who is trying to cope with ADD or ADHD, and for their significant other.  Like the ADD coach Pete … Continue reading

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Like father, like son — ADD Tip o the day 125

There are many stories of parents bringing their son in for evaluation, and when his ADD is diagnosed and ADD or ADHD is explained to them, the father is amazed to realize that he has it too. I estimate a … 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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strategies — ADD Tip o the day 118

The book is about strategies for coping with ADD or ADHD, to make our lives better. Those without ADD or ADHD don’t understand what it’s like living this way, but those living with us do know what it’s like living … Continue reading

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Pressure (heed thine own advice) — ADD Tip o the day 117

I got the draft back from the proofreader. Because of my avoidance and denial it was in a form that made it hard to work with.  I had wanted to send the book to the publisher by the end of … Continue reading

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Denial — ADD Tip o the day 115

A while back I got an email from napster, where I had a bunch of music I’d bought. It said something about something they were going to change and something I needed to do to keep from losing my songs.  I … Continue reading

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Balance — ADD TIp of the day 113

One of the measures of mental health is balance, not too much of this or of that.  We who try to cope with ADD or ADHD have trouble with this.  We have to set aside what we would like to … Continue reading

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Problem, Strategy, Rule, Habit? ADD Tip o the day 112

I often write checks on  my wife’s checkbook.  I often make errors in arithmetic.  This causes her headaches.  So her strategy was to ask me to use the calculator.  I agreed.  Next I would need to make this a rule and … Continue reading

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Worst case — ADD Tip o the day 111

When I’m worried about something I have several strategies.  One of them is to ask, “What’s the worst thing that could happen?”  Then I ask, “And what would I do then?” And then I make a plan.  So I am … Continue reading

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Memory — ADD Tip o the day 110

Because we have very poor memories, we need to remember.  What??!! We need to remember that we have very poor memories and that therefore we need to write it down, to make lists.  But because we won’t remember where we … Continue reading

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Expectations — ADD Tip o the day 108

I have a lot of things I think I will get done today. I will not.  Writing them all down is a good idea; then I need to make a shorter list, five or less.  Then I need to pick … Continue reading

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Where are my glasses? — Add Tip o the day 105

Couldn’t find my glasses. I take them off to use the computer, and had been using two computers, so I looked carefully in each place.  Carefully because sometimes I don’t see things.  And I say that if I don’t have … Continue reading

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Vulnerable — ADD tip o the day 104

“steaming” is a poker term.  When you got a really good hand, and you played it perfectly, and then you lost a big pot because some bozo  made an incredibly lucky draw and beat you, you are likely to be … Continue reading

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Stress — ADD Tip o the day 100

What do we do when things get stressful?  We focus on the problems and forget to do the things that help us handle stress! Our first week of vacation was a little rough; some things weren’t going well.  After a while, … Continue reading

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The power of lists — ADD Tip o the day 99

I like lists.  I need lists.  I make lists all day long. Couldn’t function without them.  It’s not just the list, having it as a guideline and for structure, but it’s also in the making of the list.  To make … Continue reading

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ADD in women — ADD Tip o the day 97

ADD or ADHD starts in childhood.  Boys tend to have the hyperactive type, so they get diagnosed or punished or expelled, whatever, they get noticed.  Girls tend to have the “inattentive” type, they just sit there and daydream and don’t … Continue reading

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coordinated, not — ADD Tip o the day 87

Last night I reached for the wine glass, and instead of grasping it, I knocked it over.  Red wine on the white tablecloth, tho I guess it didn’t matter too much since I’d already spilled a lot of pizza sauce … 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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Advantages part 2 — ADD Tip o the day 79

One of the advantages of having  ADD is that we tend to be good in a crisis.  Probably it is because a crisis does turn on our focus center and we can hyper-focus.  I have found this in my own … 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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pressure — ADD tip o the day 76

I was feeling a lot of pressure to get the book finished by the end of April.  Two separate very wise women pointed out that this pressure was self imposed.  There really is no pressure.  There is no real deadline. … Continue reading

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Anchors — ADD Tip o the day 73

Anchors are reminders to do something that I need to remember to do pretty often.  It could be to check my blood sugar, or to say a special prayer, or to do a special exercise, or to tell my beautiful … Continue reading

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Symptoms or consequences — ADD Tip o the day 70

This is something of a puzzle.  Our basic problem is that our focus center (attention center) in our brain is wired differently.  Some of the symptoms that come from that are distractibility, procrastination, difficulty starting, and so on.  Probably impulsiveness … Continue reading

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Genes and ADD or ADHD —- ADD Tip o the day 65

It is estimated that about 4% of adults in this country have ADD.  In men, it is mostly transmitted though the paternal genes.  I have it, and my son Duane had it.  I can come up with a only a … Continue reading

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enjoy the good! —-ADD Tip o the day 62

Life can be hard sometimes, for anyone, but especially if we are coping with ADD or ADHD. We manage life by really enjoying the good times; that makes it even out better.  But our ADD, either the symptoms or the … Continue reading

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Time part 2 —– ADD Tip o the day 57

I am usually early for appointments, because I estimate how long it will take me to get there, add 20%, figure out what time I need to leave the house, and then decide to leave 5 to 10 minutes earlier than … 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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addictions —- tip o the day 30

We with ADD are prone to addictions.  I think there are two types, chemical and activity. I have been addicted to coffee, in large amounts.  I changed to decaf. I have been addicted to computer games.  I finally had to … Continue reading

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