Archive for August, 2013

I’m sick of being broke

Posted: August 31, 2013 in Ramblings
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Money is always an “interesting” challenge for we ADD/ADHD folks.  Impulsivity and money isn’t exactly a good mix, now is it?  Most ADHD folks have to turn the finances over to someone else, but even then things aren’t always spectacular.  Trust me, I know.

Right now, I’m not making jack.  Being broke when you make so little is pretty normal, whether you have ADHD or not.  However, I wasn’t always in this boat. (more…)

Anyone with ADHD, or who is raising a kid with ADHD, has probably knows what it’s like.  A good kid with ADHD is convinced they’re really a bad kid.  This was the story of my life.   It was particularly bad because my father was a cop who would often tell me how long I could get in jail for some of the idiotic stuff I did as a kid.  I was convinced that I would be in prison by the time I was 21, despite my desire to stay out of jail.

Luckily, that didn’t happen. (more…)

A new way to explain

Posted: August 29, 2013 in What it's like
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It’s hard for a “normal” person to understand what it’s like to have ADHD.  Last night, I stumbled on what may be a new way to explain it to the non ADHD mind.  I figured I’d share it here and ask for comments, concerns, and let folks give it a shot.  It might work well.  It might not.  However, we’ve got to try something, right?

My wife and I were having our nightly “How was your day?” conversation when she mentioned feeling overwhelmed at some point yesterday.  As the conversation was about at the end anyways, I seized the opportunity.  I apologized for hijacking the conversation, but went on to ask her about feeling overwhelmed.  “I feel like that almost all the time,” I told her.  “That’s part of ADHD for me.” (more…)

There are people on this planet who think I am scum.  It’s true.  I could share a message from a web forum that would prove the point.  I really can.  It isn’t pretty.  Part of the reason for that is that I did exactly what the title of this posts says you should never do.  Yes, dear reader, this is the voice of experience talking.

You see, yesterday when I wrote about the empowerment of the word “can’t”?  That was the voice of experience too.  This ties into yesterday’s post in some pretty obvious ways. (more…)

Can’t is a bad word, right?  For years, we’ve been told that by saying we can’t do something, then we never will.  We’ve all hear that “can’t never could” after all.  Self help gurus have been saying over and over that we have to believe we can achieve something before we ever can.  By introducing the word “can’t”, we give power to the demons of our poor self esteem and prevent us from doing what we want.

Of course, sometimes that’s like telling a blind man he could see if he just wanted it badly enough. (more…)

Technology is a wonderful thing.  Thanks to smart phones, we can now carry around a personal device that trumps all others when it comes to helping deal with ADHD.  There are tons of posts out there on the internet about which apps work best, but you know what?  I haven’t seen a lot of help from those very same apps. (more…)

Stop spreading the bull!

Posted: August 25, 2013 in Ramblings
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So there I was, sitting in front of this computer and looking up other blogs about ADD/ADHD, and there it was.  A blog post about how the “inventor” of ADHD confessed on his deathbed that the condition was made up.  It was all a load of bull.  The exact quote was “ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease.”

The quote is attributed to Dr. Leon Eisenberg, a child psychologist who did some of the first rigorous studies into ADHD.  He was a real pioneer in the field of child psychology, so this admission is pretty damning, right?

Well, the blog in question – and I won’t link to it since it’ll probably be taken down soon due to TOS violations for sites – is really just a cut and paste job from a website called  Their article, which I will be happy to link to, talks about how Dr. Eisenberg was part of the group for the American Psychiatric Association that “invented” ADHD. (more…)