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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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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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Forgetful Me

One aspect of ADHD that I have by the caseload is forgetfulness. I may not be able to count on my memory, but I can count on forgetting. Unfortunately, I can’t count that high. I keep forgetting what number I’m on.

Forgetful Me

One aspect of ADHD that I have by the caseload is forgetfulness. I may not be able to count on my memory, but I can count on forgetting. Unfortunately, I can’t count that high. I keep forgetting what number I’m on.

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3 ADHD Upsides to Fight Insecurity

We make the stupidest mistakes in loud and humiliating ways. Who could be surprised that ADHD leads to insecurity? Although I didn’t dispute it, I also thought that ADHD had been responsible for helping me overcome insecurity as well. How?

3 ADHD Upsides to Fight Insecurity

I was reading about ADHD symptoms the other day (because I apparently have no life) and thought how negative the list was overall. So much effort is spent on ADHD because of how dysfunctional it makes us when we try to fit into society. Take the criteria that ADHD gives adults a sense of insecurity. We make the stupidest mistakes in loud and humiliating ways. Who could be surprised that ADHD leads to insecurity? Although I didn’t dispute it, I also thought that ADHD had been responsible for helping me overcome insecurity as well. How?

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ADHD: Low Self-Esteem, But You’re OK

ADHD: Low Self-Esteem, But You’re OK

Many adults with ADHD have poor self-observation skills, coupled with guilt over failure, and develop low self-esteem. But it doesn't have to be that way.

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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Adult ADHD and Inaccurate Self-Observation: No One Likes Me

Adult ADHD and Inaccurate Self-Observation: No One Likes Me

Adults with ADHD often base our self-observation on false information. Can it be stopped? More on adult ADHD blog, ADDaboy!

Forget that a symptom of adult ADHD is ‘inaccurate self-observation.’ I’m not buying it. Truly, nobody likes me. It’s not that they tell me so, but I just know, you know? I realize that over 900 people follow me on Twitter, a few thousand people read my two blogs every month, and I have friends who travel 60 minutes every Saturday just to spend time with me, but none of that matters. Because I KNOW . . . I have heard that people with ADHD have inaccurate self-observation, but my observation here is based on hard perceptions. Not facts, no, but a perceived slight is every bit as good as a fact, isn’t it? Maybe not (Adult ADD, ADHD Symptoms and Their Impact).

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Fighting the Good Fight Against Adult ADHD

Are you doing everything you can to fight off the effects of adult ADHD? Is it possible you have more fight in you than you realize?

Fighting the Good Fight Against Adult ADHD

Are you doing everything you can to fight off the effects of adult ADHD? Is it possible you have more fight in you than you realize?

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Hyper Motivated to Succeed

Once again high motivation proved to be instrumental in transforming my life. I’ve since used this technique with success in other areas. I cut through the ADHD distractions, prune them down to a few cherished activities, then go forward with hyper focus engaged, determined to see my goal to the end.

Hyper Motivated to Succeed

If you start to notice that you’re doing something wrong with your life, but you don’t have a clear idea how to fix it, discouragement can usually settle in. Unless you work in Hollywood. Then you can market your dysfunction for a life on Easy Street. That’s what I found happened to me seventeen years ago. Not the Hollywood bit. I refer to knowing something was wrong, but not knowing how to fix it. Although I do sort of market my dysfunction on the web, too, I’d hardly call my current life Easy Street. It’s more like Detour Blvd. with lots of bills and no discretionary income.

But I digress.

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How to Work with Your ADHD to Complete Your Projects

How to Work with Your ADHD to Complete Your Projects

If you’re an ADHD adult like me, then you collect projects but don't finish them. But I have a system for actually completing projects. Take a look at it.

If you are like me then you collect projects like Rachel Ray collects recipes. Unlike Rachel Ray, however, I used to try to do all my projects at the same time—a veritable smorgasbord of delights with no main theme to my life. Then I figured something out: I wasn’t a very good chef.

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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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