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ADDaboy! #4 – Tips to Break the ADHD Insomnia Chain

If you struggle with ADHD and insomnia, then you may be able to relate to my pain. I’m a raving night zombie, but I’ve come up with a plan to help me break the chain. Now, if only I would follow it.

ADDaboy! #4 – Tips to Break the ADHD Insomnia Chain

If you struggle with ADHD and insomnia, then you may be able to relate to my pain. I’m a raving night zombie, but I’ve come up with a plan to help me break the chain. Now, if only I would follow it.

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Bipolar Is Unfair

Bipolar Is Unfair

When most of us were young we learned that life isn’t fair. Yes, that boy got a bigger slice of cake than you. Yes, that girl gets better grades than you even though she doesn’t study. Yes, that’s boy’s imaginary friend’s clothes are nicer than yours. Life isn’t fair.

But when I was diagnosed with bipolar at 20, my definition of “unfair” had to be reviewed.

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ADHD Stigma: The New Four Letter Word

Whatever I wrote apparently had the four letter word “ADHD” in it. It alarmed him so much that he deleted the wall posting…He hadn’t “come out” with his ADHD yet.

ADHD Stigma: The New Four Letter Word

Maybe because I was once diagnosed with Minimal Brain Dysfunction, I don’t find the newer label of ADHD so bad. MBD sounds like something the cast of Monty Python and the Flying Circus came up with. ADHD on the other hand sounds somewhat more descriptive and less post lobotomy-ish. This is why I was so surprised to encounter somebody yesterday so embarrassed by the ADHD label, they censored me.

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Summer Care for the Mentally Ill Child

Summer Care for the Mentally Ill Child

It’s Summertime, and the livin’s…easy?

Maybe not. It used to be, until I became the parent of a school-aged “MI” child.

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Parenting and Eating Disorders: When To Let Go

Parenting and Eating Disorders: When To Let Go

Recognizing When The Patient – Or the Team – Isn’t In Control

Because I’m so big on getting parents to get engaged and be empowered to support an eating disorder patient to full recovery, it is hard to talk about the other side of this: letting go. But that is part of the picture, too.

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Dissociative Identity Disorder: I’m Not Sybil

Dissociative Identity Disorder: I’m Not Sybil

Holly Gray, of Dissociative Living blog, on living with DID, accepting the DID diagnosis, treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder, and Sybil myth. Video.

Media images can be very powerful. When we see something, especially when it’s “based on a true story,” our mind removes the words “based on a” and we are left with “true story;” as if what we are seeing on the screen is the absolute truth. In fact, the “based on” means it’s an adaptation of a story with a lot of “Hollywood” thrown in to keep you interested.

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The Power of Sound and How It Affects Our Mood

The Power of Sound and How It Affects Our Mood

Learn about the power of sound and it effects our mood and wellbeing. Plus learn to do a sound inventory to better control your moods.

We tend to ignore the power of sound and how it can affect our mood and wellbeing. Everyday, we are surrounded by noisy traffic, snippets of conversation from chattering people, music and more. Think about how irritating the sound of nails scratching a chalkboard is; then think about the sound of birds chirping. What a difference they make in our mood (unless you hate birds).

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ADHD and Forgetting to Eat: How Did I Do?

Last week I set a goal to target one bad ADHD habit (forgetting to eat) and set so many timers against it that the odds of success would be in my favor. Let’s see how I did.

ADHD and Forgetting to Eat: How Did I Do?

Last week, I set a goal to target one bad ADHD habit and set so many timers against it that the odds of success would be in my favor. Let’s see how I did.

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Identifying Children as “Mentally Ill”

Identifying Children as “Mentally Ill”

As I consider posts for this blog, I keep asking myself, what do I call our kids? I’ve never been one to adhere strictly to politically correct terms, but I do want a term which accurately identifies our children as a specific subset.

Bob’s “official” diagnoses are early onset bipolar disorder and ADHD.  I don’t like to say he’s “bipolar” because I don’t think of him that way—he is not bipolar, he is a kid who has a lot of positive qualities and also has bipolar disorder. That said, I’m lazy. It’s admittedly easier to just say “my kid is bipolar.” Which omits the ADHD part entirely, but “my kid has bipolar disorder and ADHD” just takes too much air for me.

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How to Talk to a Doctor About Your Mental Illness

How to Talk to a Doctor About Your Mental Illness

The mentally ill avoid seeing doctors because talking to doctors about mental illness is so unpleasant. Here are six things to remember when talking to doctors

Okay, I admit it, I don’t like doctors. At all. In fact, one might suggest I downright hate them. I hate going to their appointments, I hate being in their waiting room and I hate talking to them.

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