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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 Q&A: How Do I Stop Myself From Making Social Gaffes?

A reader asks “How do I stop myself from making social gaffes?” Good question. I’ve got three solutions for you.

ADHD Q&A: How Do I Stop Myself From Making Social Gaffes?

Somewhere, on the net last week, I read how somebody was constantly rubbing boot polish off his teeth. What a clever metaphor for putting your foot in your mouth all the time. Made me laugh. Yeah, I know what that tastes like (tastes like). That’s why I write about it so much. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how Laughter and Friends Fix Most ADHD Gaffes. That inspired Reader Jane to ask me a question…

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The Label of ADHD: The New Four Letter Word

The Label of ADHD: The New Four Letter Word

The label of ADHD doesn't bother me. But I wrote the four letter word ADHD on a man's wall, not knowing he hadn’t come out with his ADHD yet. He censored me.

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. Is someone else’s ADHD self-stigma something I need to better understand?

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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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My Adult ADHD Meltdown

My Adult ADHD Meltdown

Yesterday's ADHD meltdown happened. There's no denying it. Usually my sense of humor gets me through. Have you had an ADHD meltdown like this? Take a look.

An ADHD meltdown isn’t pretty, but it happens. Not often for me, and yesterday was not normal. But I had so much to do and my ADHD brain kept sabotaging me. I usually laugh to keep my spirits up, but yesterday I had an adlut ADHD meltdown instead.

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YMCA Ad Triggers ADHD Firestorm

At the beginning of May, my Twitter stream was on fire with angry ADHDers. They were sick and tired of ADHD being stigmatized and they weren’t going to take it any more! And what had set their tweets a’fire? A YMCA ad.

YMCA Ad Triggers ADHD Firestorm

At the beginning of May, my Twitter stream was on fire with angry ADHDers. They were sick and tired of ADHD being stigmatized and they weren’t going to take it any more! And what had set their tweets a’fire? A YMCA ad.

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Putting the Brakes on ADHD-Fueled Road Rage

Putting the Brakes on ADHD-Fueled Road Rage

Adults with ADHD often have issues anger management and road rage. Here's how I put Bug Out Bob to use to help me remain calm when other drivers tick me off.

Adults with ADHD often have anger issues, and nothing brings them steaming to the surface like lousy traffic. In a follow-up to my blog on anger management and driving, I show Bug Out Bob in action and talk about different techniques to help manage road rage.

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I Can’t Get My Act Together, But When I Do, It Doesn’t Count

I Can’t Get My Act Together, But When I Do, It Doesn’t Count

Can't get your act together? The complaint plagues those with adult ADHD and low self-esteem usually follows. Learn how you can develop a positive self-image.

A popular complaint for adults with ADHD is “I just can’t get my act together!” What is not commonly known is that both the underachievers and overachievers with ADHD share the same complaint. How can that be?

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ADHD Frustration and Road Rage: Get Out of My Way!

ADHD Frustration and Road Rage: Get Out of My Way!

How do I prevent ADHD fueled frustration from exploding into road rage? I squeeze good ol' Bug out Bob and the road rage and frustration almost disappear.

It is said by those in the know that adults with ADHD have a low tolerance for frustration leading to road-rage. That they are impatient and quickly prone to think “Oh, no! Here we go again!” Then they either withdraw, or get behind a wheel and take their anger out on the world like I used to do. I say “used to” because my mother reads this and we wouldn’t want her to get the wrong idea. My daughters on the other hand . . . well, it’s too late for them. My frustration and road rage is an event that just can’t hide.

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