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People Were Dying to Teach Me How to Manage My ADHD

Sometimes strong emotions like embarrassment can give an Adult with ADHD hyperfocus and clarity. Learning to take advantage of that clarity can turn ADHD from a downside into an upside. After all, think of all the opportunities you’ll have to beclown yourself in life!

People Were Dying to Teach Me How to Manage My ADHD

Sometimes strong emotions like embarrassment can give an Adult with ADHD hyperfocus and clarity. Learning to take advantage of that clarity can turn ADHD from a downside into an upside. After all, think of all the opportunities you’ll have to beclown yourself in life!

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ADHD: Of Mousse and Men

Sometimes when life gets crazy and your ADHD mind seemed determined to make the worst of your day, finding the humor in the situation is the only remedy you have left to keeping your spirits high.

ADHD: Of Mousse and Men

Sometimes when life gets crazy and your ADHD mind seems determined to make the worst of your day, finding the humor in the situation is the only remedy you have left to keeping your spirits high.

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SpongeBob SquarePants Makes Kiddies ADHD?

According to Dr. Dimitri Christakis, who wrote an editorial accompanying the study, the results should be cautiously interpreted because they only tested a few tykes, but gosh darn if the data didn’t look bad for TV. He even felt the study suggested that media exposure is a public health issue. Why, that means the government can get involved and finally do something about all those brightly colored cleaning supplies who sing silly sea shanties to our children!

SpongeBob SquarePants Makes Kiddies ADHD?

I knew there was a reason I despised SpongeBob SquarePants and his shiny bottom. There was just something about that character that set my teeth on edge. It wasn’t the fact he was a talking sponge. It had nothing to do with his nasally voice. It didn’t even have anything to do with the inane plots or lame jokes. No, something about that squishy annoyance with the large proboscis filled me with an almost primeval loathing. And now I know why.

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Video: Adult ADHD Means That I’m Hyperfocused AND Forgetful

In my final video for HealthyPlace, I give definitive proof that I have ADHD and that hyper-focus can be an embarrassing thing.

Video: Adult ADHD Means That I’m Hyperfocused AND Forgetful

So there I was, relieved that I had written my final blog entry without incident. I even still liked it after waking up. But something was bugging me. I felt like I had left something out. Towards the end of the day I was still puzzled. Why did I feel like things were unfinished?

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Unintentional ADHD Intensity – A Heavy Tale of Woe

Last week I talked about the double edged sword of ADHD intensity. It could bring you to great creative heights, but also be hard on the people below. Ofttimes, however, that intensity is unintentionally released like an elemental force upon our loved ones when we are emotionally upset.

Unintentional ADHD Intensity – A Heavy Tale of Woe

Last week, I talked about the double edged sword of ADHD intensity. It could bring you to great creative heights, but also be hard on the people below. Ofttimes, that intensity is unintentionally released like an elemental force upon our loved ones when we are emotionally upset.

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ADHD and Intensity – 6 Tips for Damage Control

Being in the presence of an ADHD solution supernova tends to burn people. Obviously, it is better to not let your intensity get away from you, but sometimes you aren’t even aware it is happening. This is why it’s important to train yourself to put out fires afterwards. Yes, you may have saved the day, but at what cost? Try these tips to see if you can salvage relationships from the fire:

ADHD and Intensity – 6 Tips for Damage Control

One aspect of ADHD in adults that is hard for the non-ADHD to cope with is our intensity. This can be very off-putting for them—like “I think I’d rather walk from Salt Lake to Boston than drive with you” levels of off-puttingnessiveness. What’s an ADHD adult to do?

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ADHD Q&A: How Does Love Survive the Onslaught of ADHD?

“It didn’t matter to me that you had it, it was just who you were.” ADHD can be hard on a relationship, but love truly does conquer all.

ADHD Q&A: How Does Love Survive the Onslaught of ADHD?

Last month, Reader Wilda wrote about adult ADHD and relationships: “What advice do you have for those who are dating those with this illness (AD/HD), and how do they become husband and wife, knowing what they are getting into?”

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ADHD: Low Self-Esteem, But You’re OK

I am currently experiencing low self-esteem in my parenting skills. But am I really doing so badly, or am I just being down on myself?  For some reason, making mistakes all the time affects the ADHD adult’s self-esteem. Who knew?

ADHD: Low Self-Esteem, But You’re OK

I am currently experiencing low self-esteem in my parenting skills. You see, I’m as punctual as an IRS refund with the soft temperament of a charging rhino and the understanding of a sensitive brick. Add it all up and I don’t feel I’m doing so well as a Dad.

But am I really doing so badly, or am I just being down on myself?  For some reason, making mistakes all the time affects the ADHD adult’s self-esteem. Who knew?

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ADHD in Your Family Tree

ADHD runs through a family tree like a clown car in a china shop. What ADHD tales do you have from your family tree?

ADHD in Your Family Tree

ADHD is such a strong genetic trait that it shows up again and again in certain families. Some families like it so much they give the gene to their kids twice.

My wife didn’t get that joke, and maybe you didn’t either. ADHD gives me a quirky sense of humor, which is a good thing. There’s so much that I do that is laughable. That quirky humor has been passed down for generations. ADHD runs through a family tree like a clown car in a china shop. What ADHD tales do you have from your family tree?

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Suffering With Adult ADHD and Comorbid Disorders

I have to admit that I completely failed to stay upbeat and positive. All I could think was “When will this end‽” It always ends, like a passing storm in the night. Terrible while overhead, but soon forgotten in the beautiful morning that follows. My “morning” started at 7:15pm Thursday night.

Suffering With Adult ADHD and Comorbid Disorders

Often, adults with ADHD have comorbid conditions. In other words, why just struggle with impulse control and absent mindedness when you could also toss in Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or Tourette’s Syndrome for good measure? Hey, the more mental health conditions the merrier, right?

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