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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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Comprehensive Treatment for ADHD: An Update —ADHD Tip O the Day 789

OK, So I Lied – Here Is More From the ADHD Article by Rahil R. Jummani, MD, This is actually the end of the article I’ve been reviewing, somewhat edited, with my comments in italics: “CDC surveys have shown that about … Continue reading

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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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“Are We Overdiagnosing and Overtreating ADHD?” – Part Two— ADHD Tip O the Day 786

More from the recent ADHD article in Psychiatric Times  (Jummani, MD, et al, in Psychiatric Times, May 2017, pp 26-28.) To diagnose ADHD formally in children requires at least 6 of 9 inattentive symptoms and /or at least 6 of 9 … 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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Some semi morbid thoughts somewhat related to ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 754

With ADHD, I really like to plan ahead. Just  finished a funeral and reception. Pretty good as those things go, but funerals are always painful and sometimes can be awful.  This one was pretty good. You all are invited to … 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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Do a To- Do List or Don’t Do a To-Do List? — ADHD Tip O the Day 740

Life with ADHD is a booger, especially without a to-do list. Your to-do list isn’t guaranteed to make you happy, but if you have ADHD and don’t have a to-do list you’re pretty guaranteed to be unhappy. Although a to- do … 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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Diagnosis of ADHD Can Be Upsetting — ADD Tip O the Day 725

Late ADHD diagnosis I got a message from someone recently diagnosed with ADHD.  They were struggling with anger that they had been diagnosed late, and thinking how much better their life could’ve been if diagnosed sooner.  They asked how I … Continue reading

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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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Does ADHD get you bullied? Criticized? Misunderstood? —ADHD Tip O the Day 713

Who gets bullied? Kids who are different.  That would be us, ADHD. But also kids with autism spectrum disorder (autism, Asbergers), dyslexia and other learning disabilities, physical handicaps, or different physical appearance. And also, any minority, in any group. And also, … 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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Opinions About ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 702

Everyone Has An Opinion (I’ll skip the joke) Opinions can be based on many things, such as sound scientific study in depth, delusions, or ‘My cousin told me that someone told him’, ‘My gut tells me’, ‘I think I read … 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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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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Helpful Things for ADD ADHD – Meditation Light??? – – – ADD Tip O the Day 611

Three Helpful Things for ADD ADHD Everyone agrees that certain things are helpful for anyone but especially helpful for those of us with ADD ADHD: Exercise Sleep Meditation And I would add, getting out-of-doors. Meditation I’ve been practicing a simple … 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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ADD ADHD and Eating Mangoes??? — ADD Tip O the Day 574

ADD ADHD and No Patience I love mangoes but I rarely eat them.  Peeling a mango is a hassle.                                     Don’t we all want instant gratification with minimal effort? A Revelation Then I had a … 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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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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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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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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Good stuff — ADD Tip o the day 215

there’s a lot of good stuff for ADD or ADHD on the web (so I’m flattered that you check this blog), as well as of course a lot of junk.  here’s some good stuff: http://adhdmanagement.com       good tips, and … Continue reading

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Excerpt? — ADD Tip o the day 209

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

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Latest on willpower — ADD Tip o the day 205

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

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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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Overwhelmed part 4 —- ADD Tip o the day 194

So the third type of overwhelmed I might call “frantic”.  My wife called me, “Come on, Doug, let’s go, we’re going to be late.  And would you make sure the doors are locked and take out the gargbage.”  I was … Continue reading

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The book is here! — ADD Tip o the day 190

At last!  We folks with ADD or ADHD are not noted for our patience.  But the book is now available on amazon. com.  Type in “your life can be better” using the quote marks.  It has a nice cover and big … Continue reading

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Coping with The Critic —-ADD Tip o the day 188

Our inner critic can really sabotage us, especially if we have ADD or ADHD and there are so many opportunities for criticism and it falls on such fertile ground.  But we can use strategies to cope: 1.  spotting – this is … Continue reading

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Did you know??? — ADD Tip o the day 169

You probably already know: 1. This blog is just about to record the 4000 th hit – it could be you! 2.  You can subscribe so you’ll get an e mail each time there is a new post.  Unfortunately, I … Continue reading

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Delegate —- ADD Tip o the day 166

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

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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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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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Enough is enough! — ADD Tip o the day 120

For those few of you who may not have heard yet – tho I shouted as loud as I could- the book is at the publisher!  Draft 23. draft 21 was still awful, hard to believe after all those revisions.  22 was incorporating the … 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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Just stop! — ADD Tip o the day 107

It started off as one of those days, early, when I stubbed my toe on a middle of the night bathroom run.  Then the paper hadn’t come yet.  And I’d forgotten to set up my breakfast things the night before. … 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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Laugh —- ADD Tip o the day 84

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

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stuck —- ADD Tip o the day 46

Many things in life work in feedback loops, like vicious cycles or whatever the opposite is –     beneficial cycles? When our ADD wins out and we drift away from our track, get distracted, can’t get started,    can’t finish, and so … Continue reading

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The State of the Book —– Tip of the Day 37

The book is coming along.  Nearly finished the 9th draft now. Need some of the reveiwers to report in before the next draft starts. Surprising how many things still need changing. In writing about stategies to make your life with … Continue reading

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Frustration # 32 – Tip o the day 32

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

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Will power? Tip o the day 16

I don’t have much willpower. That’s one of the reasons that I need strategies. But I think another is that willpower, even if I had it, is not a very effective way to improve focus, concentration, attention.    (Couldn’t hurt though.) … Continue reading

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ADD: even more frustration – tip o the day 11

I was frustrated when the blog changes I made weren’t sticking. because I hadn’t seen the ‘save changes’ button. so I recognized that was a problem, so I made a new rule: Look At The Whole Page ! that’s the … Continue reading

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ADD & more frustration -tip o the day 10

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

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add & frustrations Tip o the day 9

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

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Your Life Can Be Better

This blog is to introduce Your Life Can Be Better: strategies for adults with ADD and those who care about them. book coming out in 2011

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