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.” Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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 wordpress.com 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 wordpress.com sites – is really just a cut and paste job from a website called NaturalNews.com.  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. Read the rest of this entry »

This one isn’t real easy to write.  You see, today, I want to talk about how important it is to have folks that are in your corner while you’re battling ADHD, and I mean really in your corner.  You see, we ADHDers can’t do it alone.  Trying to expect us to do it alone is tantamount to expecting a blind man to see.  Our brains won’t work like a normal persons brain, despite how much we really wish it would.  At least, that’s been my experience.

People like me need a lot of understanding.  We’re kind of screwed up after all. Read the rest of this entry »

Can we be stupid sometimes or what?

Posted: August 24, 2013 in Ramblings

People can make some really dumb decisions.  Obviously, ADHD folks are no exception in the least.  In fact, I think we probably do more than our fair share of “stupid” stuff.  Risks are our bread and butter.  We embrace them like no others.  Unfortunately, I’m not necessarily talking about risk in investing that could yield millions of dollars.  Oh, that probably happens from time to time, but that’s risk that no one thinks too harshly about.

No, ADHD folks have a tendency to get outright stupid. Read the rest of this entry »