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Women and ADHD part two — ADHD Tip O the Day 966

In reply to Denise Dion’s comment:. denise – the ADHD symptoms of the inattentive type, which most ADHD women have, are the same as in men but without the hyperactivity, distractability, procrastinating, for sure. And probably without the impulsivity, blurting out, … Continue reading

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ADHD Handwriting — ADHD Tip O the Day 965

It’s called dysgraphia, another ADHD comorbidity. This might be related to dyscoordination (basal ganglia, cerebellum), being in a hurry, and trying to get a flood of ideas down on paper before we lose them. My handwriting caused me lots of … Continue reading

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Coping with ADHD Stress — ADHD Tip O the Day 961

Living with ADHD is stressful. (So is living with someone with ADHD.) Meditation, breaks, getting outdoors, exercise, are all helpful. Some of my favorite tools for stress or anxiety  are breathing tools. Here’s my latest favorite.   Think what you  want … Continue reading

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ADHD and Time – ADHD Tip O the Day 959

If you have ADHD, time is a booger. We underestimate how long a task will take. It always takes longer.  And if its fixing or maintenance, it’ll take at least two trips to the hardware store. Strategy: Estimate the time … Continue reading

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FAQ about ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 958

I get many AHD questions from various web sites. Here are some answers (ie my opinions) with links. What can cure ADHD?  –  Only God. Does ADHD get worse with aging? – No, age just adds more problems. Am I … Continue reading

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Some Links For ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 956

These are some good ADHD links for you and that’s about it for today. I’m taking a break. And I plan to do the next post on breaks (“I plan–“). Enjoy. doug Links: ADHD Brain Differences ADHD Brain (download) Shame … Continue reading

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Assumptions, Premises, and Illusions — ADHD Tip O the Day 954

Now for something different This will be a philosophical discussion today, not limited to ADHD.   (Had you assumed there would be a Poem O the Day?  Sorry to disappoint you. I hope you’re not heart broken. ) General Strategy O … Continue reading

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I’m Very Doubtful — ADHD Tip O the Day 949

Technically, adult onset ADHD isn’t possible, because it’s a neuro developmental disorder, meaning we’re born with it (or at least something interferes with the development of the nervous system early in life). The DSM requires symptoms to be present before … Continue reading

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ADHD Medications — ADHD Tips O the Day 948

This article is so good I’m offering it as the ADHD Tip O the Day  ADHD Medications Hope you’ll read and enjoy it. doug Poem O the Day:     The Mail Back in the day, when I was working, in … Continue reading

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ADHD Excuses — ADHD Tip O the Day 947

We ADHDers are hard to live with.  We cause a lot of frustration. A comment from T: “I would love for you to address the issue with people with ADHD trying to justify behavior that is driven by the ADHD … Continue reading

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I’m Also Doubtful About — ADHD Tip O the Day 946

John Rosemond — writes syndicated newspaper columns and books on parenting. His style is about using the power differential to control children and seems out of the 40’s and  maybe a little sadistic at times.   He recently had a column … Continue reading

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Failing with ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 940.1

“I am a failure.” What a terrible thing to say about yourself. I often read posts from mothers who say they’re failing, that they must be a bad mother. Often that means they can’t get their child to do what … Continue reading

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Venting — ADHD Tip O the Day 938

It’s good for us to vent and get things off our chest occasionally. This works best of course if we have an audience. Thank you for being my audience today. 2. Word has decided to revolt and take control. It … Continue reading

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Update on ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 936.1

A good way to start the new year will be to update your knowledge of ADHD. A key strategy for managing our lives with ADHD is to educate ourselves. We can each become an ADHD expert and without too much … Continue reading

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Update on ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 936

A good way to start the new year will be to update your knowledge of ADHD. A key strategy for managing our lives with ADHD is to educate ourselves. We can each become an ADHD expert and without too much … Continue reading

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Overindulge? With ADHD? — ADHD Tip O the Day 935

With ADHD, we are at risk. I hope you don’t overindulge over the holidays. All you need to do is use your willpower, self-control, and judgment. Assuming you have some. Not all of us do. My wife makes wonderful cookies.  … Continue reading

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An ADHD Christmas, et al — ADHD Tip O the Day 934

‘Tis the season to be jollyFa La La La La etc. etc. Bah! Humbug. Even with ADHD? The holiday season is very stressful for many if not most people (family? shopping?), but more so for us.  We’re supposed to be … Continue reading

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An ADHD Christmas, et al — ADHD Tip O the Day 934.1

‘Tis the season to be jollyFa La La La La etc. etc. Bah! Humbug. Even with ADHD? The holiday season is very stressful for many if not most people (family? shopping?), but more so for us.  We’re supposed to be … Continue reading

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ADHD Hypersensitivity — ADHD Tip O the Day 929

The post on rejection sensitivity dysphoria (RSD) lead to the post on emotional hypersensitivity but we ADHDers are hypersensitive to many things, not just emotions. I’m hypersensitive to noise in general, and certain noises in particular. Certain smells. Even my … Continue reading

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ADHD Emotions Part 3— ADHD Tip O the Day 923

Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria as a part of  ADHD Do I have RSD?  I don’t know.  I reread the article, it says usually the crashes just last for hours, mine last a day or two. Still, I’m certainly overly sensitive and … Continue reading

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ADHD and Emotions — ADHD Tip O the Day 921

There is some interesting new research on emotions in ADHD.          I plan to do a series on the topic, interspersed with other subjects. Spoiler Alert: It’s possible this will a little disorganized.  You think? Definitions:(excerpts from … Continue reading

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Why Use Strategies and Habits for ADHD? — ADHD Tip O the Day 919

Insights on living with ADHD: I finished another retreat and again gained some insights, some of which I’ll share with you. The purpose of the ADHD strategies and the habits is to make your life easier, to decrease pressure and … Continue reading

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Marijuana and ADHD? — ADHD Tip O the Day 918

Does Marijauna help with ADHD? I recently answered this question about marijuana (weed, pot) on another website. My answer stimulated a lot of controversy.  My answer began, “I don’t recommend marijuana. “ Apparently some people took this as my being … Continue reading

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ADHD and Changing — Tip O the Day 916

Puryear’s Principles of Human Behavior #1 After we struggle and struggle with a problem and finally find some effective way to cope with it, the next thing we do is stop doing it. Maybe one of the reasons is that … Continue reading

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Misdiagnosed ADHD? — ADHD Tip O the Day 914

Misdiagnosed ADHD? A friend asked if his bipolar diagnosis could actually be misdiagnosed ADHD. ADHD has many comorbidities,  other problems that frequently occur with it. Bipolar (used to be manic depressive) is a major one. In US adults, 1 to … Continue reading

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ADHD Changes — ADHD Tip O the Day 913

Puryear’s Principles of Human Nature – Number One: “If we struggle and struggle with a problem, and we  finally find a solution that works, the next thing we do is to stop using it.” One of my favorite strategies is … Continue reading

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Dystechnologia and ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 912

Dystechnologia is not an official part of ADHD.  But I sure have it, and I think it’s one of the frequently occurring comorbidities.  Could result from our symptoms, lack of focus, etc., or could be related to the same brain … Continue reading

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Letting Things Slide — ADHD Tip O the Day 911

It’s a long ADHD story, sad but true, and instructional. I publish my books on KDP, a subsidiary of Amazon. Their authors’ page lists all the books and their status. I looked at it several times, but not carefully. It … Continue reading

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ADHD Time — ADHD Tip O the Day 910

How I spend my time; a typical 24 hours: Screwing around on the computer.              2.5 hours Sleeping?                                    … Continue reading

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Does ADHD Medication Help With —? — ADHD Tip O the Day 909

ADHD Medication Helps with Focus, Motivation, Inertia The medication can be a miracle for some, but it doesn’t seem to help with: irritability losing things memory patience time management sleep   Too bad; sorry.  But what it does help with … Continue reading

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Clumsy with ADHD? — ADHD Tip O the Day 907

If ADHD is related to abnormalities of the basal ganglia and the cerebellum, and the circuits connecting them, then what would you expect?  Clumsy. I pull a cereal bowl off the third shelf and on the way down manage to … Continue reading

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ADHD Medication — Tip O the Day 905

The Question Was, “What should I expect when I start ADHD medication?” Between two hours and two days you should notice more focus and more motivation and more follow through. You probably won’t get any side effects, but if you … Continue reading

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Report on My Retreat —ADHD Tip O the Day 904

I finished my five day spiritual retreat, a success.  I got off track some on day five, next time I’ll do four days.  It wasn’t as difficult as I’d expected. I had a little struggle about how to use my … Continue reading

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Living with ADHD and Corona Virus — ADHD Tip O the Day 903

ADHD and Corona Virus, wouldn’t either one be enough?   I hope you are safe and well and finding some way to make use of this strange time.  Although we’re all waiting for things to return to normal,  I fear that … Continue reading

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An ADHD Christmas — ADHD Tip O the Day 882

  Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a blessed whatever. Since Christmas, and everything else, sneaks up on me – “Wait!  That can’t be this week can it?” But this year i was on top of it.  i ordered my wife’s … Continue reading

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Stuck again – ADHD Tip O the Day 814

Well here I am again, writing about being stuck, because I’ve been stuck. Many reasons, will spare you the excuses. In Mexico, on vacation, but still have a to do list of about six things that need doing pretty soon. … Continue reading

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ADHD– Strategies -Do They Really Work? Three Tips — ADHD Tip O the Day 810

 I have a fairly new strategy.  Whenever I park my car, I say, out loud, where it is.  “Second row, facing out, in line with the  I in the LIQUORS  sign.” 2.  It works. It’s a good ADHD strategy.  I spend … Continue reading

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ADHD and the Challenge of Relationships — ADHD Tip O the Day 795

If you think living with ADHD is a challenge, imagine what it’s like living with someone with ADHD. I started to add, “And imagine what it’s like to live with someone who is living with someone who is living with … Continue reading

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Vacation! and ADHD. Vacation? — ADHD Tip o the Day 794

Have been on vacation a week now.  It’s wonderful!  But- I had two goals for this vacation: To relax.  It’s about time, To get some things done, get caught up. Unfortunately, the two goals are incompatible.  And guess what?  I’ve … Continue reading

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Is My ADHD Messing With Me Again, Or Is It Something Else? —Tip O the Day 783

Is it ADHD or Human Nature? Puryear’s Principle of Human Nature #2: Once we find something that helps us  cope with a problem, we will quit doing it. And this does apply to me.  Oh, my. The Index Card System … Continue reading

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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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Remedies for ADHD. Or Misinformation? — ADHD Tip O the Day 764

ADHD Remedies and Solutions to ADHD I just found a post that’s an interesting follow up to the last two posts about treatment without medication. It’s an example of unsubstantiated claims and misrepresentations. Guy almost says that he is curing … 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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A whole bunch of stuff, including a valuable secret, related to ADHD— ADHD Tip O the Day 753

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

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

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

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Blessings of ADHD? — ADHD Tip O the Day 751

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Stimulants for ADD ADHD, Yet Again — ADD Tip O the Day 682

First, Happy New Year to everyone. Just read a post that was based on a recent study of ADD ADHD kids on stimulants.  The post said the the study outcome was that there are many kids on stimulants and that … 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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Flyfishing with ADD ADHD, and LIfe As She Is — ADD Tip O the Day 632

Is fly fishing a metaphor for life with ADD ADHD? I don’t think fly fishing is as hard as they say, but with ADD ADHD it sure can be harder. When you are fly fishing, there are many things that … Continue reading

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Shannon’s Approach to the ADD ADHD Time Problem — ADD Tip O the Day 614

We’ve Been Talking About Time -and Shannon’s comment was so good I’m just posting it here: “Agreed. Time is a problem! And schedule what’s important! What I’m trying out is putting those things in a non-scheduled category of my todo … Continue reading

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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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I didn’t listen to the little voice! — ADD Tip o the Day 534

I didn’t listen I’m  only on draft number three in writing the new book, which includes some on  adult ADD ADHD . In Word, I cut a very large segment from one document to paste into another doc.      Before I got … 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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Unrestrained — ADD Tip o the Day 396

Has anyone noticed that all of my recent posts are too long? Not this one. doug spouting off?

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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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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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Still sitting —- ADD Tip o the Day 285

The just sitting experiment is back on track after a brief detour.  Hard to do with ADD or ADHD. The strategy of using meal times as anchors to remember to sit did not work, so I’m just doing it when … 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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Long e mails —- ADD Tip o the day 239

When I get a long e-mail I have trouble reading it. I usually get one idea or maybe two and then my attention is gone and the rest of it might as well not be there. Maybe I just skim … Continue reading

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Dithering —- ADD Tip o the day 213

Do you sometimes get in a dither?  A few days ago I was dithering (is that a word?)  Had a lot to do, tho no more than usual.  Couldn’t get going.  Couldn’t decide where to start.  Went this way, then … Continue reading

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Eat desert first —– ADD Tip o the day 198

That’s my new years resolution for 2012.  And Happy New Year by the way. Eat desert first because you never know what’s going to happen.  We can make all these plans and schedules and then boom!  something unexpected pops up.  Thats why … Continue reading

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ADD and outdoors — ADD Tip o the day 184

When I am stressed, worried, feel overloaded, I look at the mountains and remark that they were here long before I came and they will be here long after I’m gone.  It helps put things in perspective. When I am … Continue reading

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Exercise and ADD — ADD Tip o the day 175

We all know that exercise is good for us, for our general physical and mental health, but did you know that it specifically helps for ADD and ADHD?   Why is that? Exercise lowers stress and is an antidpressant, so that helps, … Continue reading

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ADD and sleep — Tip o the day 174

I don’t think that sleep is particularly a problem with ADD or ADHD (although it can be if you take the ritalin too late in the day), but if we don’t get adequate sleep it makes our ADD worse.  So … Continue reading

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Forgiving part 2 — ADD Tip o the day 133

We humans are not programmed for forgiving, it is one of the hardest things to do.  It may be that we need to forgive ourselves first if we are to learn how to forgive others.  If we are struggling with … Continue reading

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