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One Less Iron in My ADHD Fire

Got too many irons in the fire? Running out of room in the furnace you call your schedule? Maybe it’s time to focus in on your core projects so you can actually complete them.

One Less Iron in My ADHD Fire

Got too many irons in the fire? Running out of room in the furnace you call your schedule? Maybe it’s time to focus in on your core projects so you can actually complete them. That’s what I’m doing with this very last ADDaboy! article.

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Second Week of School Brings Problems to Light

Second Week of School Brings Problems to Light

As I noted in a previous blog post, my son, Bob, who has bipolar disorder and ADHD, made it through his first week of third grade—albeit with some problems. Last Monday—the first day of Week 2—I received my first phone call of the year from the principal.

Here we go again.

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What is the Difference Between Mania and Hypomania?

What is the Difference Between Mania and Hypomania?

One of the main differences between bipolar I and bipolar II is that bipolar II experiences hypomania and not mania. Last week I wrote from the perspective of a hypomanic mind, but what is hypomania really? Is hypomania fun or is it just plain crazy?

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From Trauma to DID: The Comfort Factor

From Trauma to DID: The Comfort Factor

As a little girl, I loved going to bed at night. Alone under the covers, the room dark and quiet, I went away. I wasn’t asleep, though I drifted off eventually. I was just gone. It was the most glorious relief. It was my secret trick, this disappearing act. I didn’t know then that it’s name is dissociation, or that it took many forms and existed to meet my needs. I called it “thinking.” Even today, when someone brings me back from another place with a question or comment I often reply, “Oh sorry, I was just thinking.” Even today, my ability to disappear is my greatest comfort. And it was born of an enormous need. This unmet need for comfort, The Comfort Factor, is one of the reasons I have Dissociative Identity Disorder.

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How Do I Find Anxiety Relief?

How Do I Find Anxiety Relief?

Anxious thoughts race through your mind at a thousand miles an hour. Useless thoughts, seemingly going nowhere because they’re speeding bullets – they just get stuck in your head. They break all the barriers you set, till you’re too tired and overwhelmed to fight.

Wouldn’t it be better to put that restless energy to work? Of course!

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Hypomania Means Never Having to Make Sense

Hypomania Means Never Having to Make Sense

The hypomanic mind isn’t like a single life happening all at once, it’s like every life happening all at once in a tiny, tinny, echoing room. Hypomania is like having ball-bearings bouncing around inside my skull faster and harder and fast and hard and faster and harder. Hitting each other, making divots on the inside of my skull, becoming interior decorators. Fragmented, distracted thoughts. Sentence fragments. Problem grammar.  No capital letters. No punctuation.

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From Trauma to DID: The Age Factor

From Trauma to DID: The Age Factor

Dissociative Identity Disorder is a trauma disorder. It’s widely understood to result from severe trauma in early childhood. I struggled for a number of reasons to accept my DID diagnosis, not the least of which is the hyperfocus on trauma (to the near total exclusion of all other developmental factors) in popular understanding of DID. I couldn’t make sense of the fact that I knew people who survived truly horrific circumstances and didn’t have DID. Now I know that although trauma is the key ingredient, without which DID – it would seem – simply doesn’t manifest, it isn’t the only ingredient. I’ve discussed The Sensitivity Factor and The Denial Factor. Today I’ll address The Age Factor.

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Adult ADHD: Cognitive Behaviorial Therapy Proven Effective

A new study out of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) shows that Cognitive Behaviorial Therapy (CBT) taken in tandem with medication is an effective treatment against Adult ADHD compared with relaxation techniques.

Adult ADHD: Cognitive Behaviorial Therapy Proven Effective

A new study out of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) shows that Cognitive Behaviorial Therapy (CBT) taken in tandem with ADHD medication is an effective treatment for Adult ADHD compared with relaxation techniques.

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Communicating With Your Child’s Psychiatrist

Communicating With Your Child’s Psychiatrist

The first time I sat in a psychiatrist’s office, it was for myself. He scared me. He wasn’t anything like the mom-like therapists I was used to. He barely made eye contact. He asked me a few questions, to which I gave rambling answers. He scribbled. He left the room, returning after a few minutes to hand me a prescription and bid me farewell.

I’ve since visited a multitude of psychiatrists—for my own benefit and for Bob’s, my son with bipolar disorder—and found that first experience pretty typical.

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The Balancing Act of a Working Mother

The Balancing Act of a Working Mother

Sleep and time are two things I feel that I am severely lacking now that I am back to work full-time. Being a relatively new mother, I look at my more experienced counterparts with envy—they can seemingly juggle the obligations of being a mother, spouse, and working woman with ease. Ask them what their schedule is like for the next week, and they can rattle off a list of doctor appointments, play dates, and other necessary errands that keep the household running. Plus, they seem to possess the magical ability to whip up a mean casserole dish with whatever leftovers they find in the fridge.

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