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Adult ADHD and How It Can’t Be Fixed

Adult ADHD and How It Can’t Be Fixed

Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – it’s what I have and it’s what you either have or think you have, or what your loved one has or you think your loved one has. And, guess what? It can’t be cured. And guess what else? That’s okay. Also, you might ask, “Why can’t it be fixed? And, if it can’t be fixed, what the heck can you do about it?” The following is my argument for how best to approach the treatment and post-diagnosis-life of adult ADHD.

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Adult ADHD Year in Review

Adult ADHD Year in Review

Hello again, all! I’ve been writing the Living with Adult ADHD blog for a nearly a year and this seems, with the new year just around the corner, like a really good time to review what I/we have learned this year together. We’ve talked about some strategies to improve our attention span and decrease our anxiety. We’ve talked a bunch about adult ADHD medication – the good and the bad. We’ve talked about just how much time having Adult ADHD costs – needing to get prescriptions, fill them and invariably get distracted at some point during the process. We’ve had a great year together, I’d say!

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Adult ADHD and Decreasing Anxiety Using EFT

Adult ADHD and Decreasing Anxiety Using EFT

Ever wonder if tapping on your face could decrease your anxiety? Having Adult ADHD can be stressful and decreasing anxiety is always a good thing to strive for.

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Adult ADHD and Medication Options

Adult ADHD and Medication Options

I have been finding out all sorts of things as of late about Adult ADHD and medication options. Since I watched those lectures by Dr. Russell Barkley (read Adult ADHD as Not a Gift), I’ve been looking into a bunch of the things he talked about — and he definitely mentioned a lot about adult ADHD medications.  This post is going to be half-informative, half-information-seeking. I know the adult ADHD drugs I’ve taken in the past for this disorder and I have questions about some that I haven’t. Let’s get started!

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Adult ADHD and Brain Warm-Ups

Adult ADHD and Brain Warm-Ups

I am a sleepy monster. I slept 12 hours on Monday night. I slept 10 hours last night and I could totally take a nap right now. In fact, I might. Or, instead, I might do some warm-up activities to get my body centered, focused and excited all at the same time. I’m takin’ ’bout Brain Gym, y’all!

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Productivity and ADHD

Productivity and ADHD

Did you know that the answer to your productivity depends on the first 15 minutes of your day? Physically we know having breakfast in the morning is important to getting the right fuel to sustain our energy and metabolism throughout the day.  What we may not realize is that fueling our brain with what it needs to sustain focus and productivity is equally as important.  Similar to how we will grab and eat whatever is quickest when unplanned hunger strikes, we will grab aimlessly for something “to do” which may not be the most helpful or productive or valuable thing for us to focus on during the day.

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Tips and Tricks for Adult ADHD Conference Attendees

Tips and Tricks for Adult ADHD Conference Attendees

This month, I wanted to share some experiences about conferences!  I love conferences and look forward to the opportunities to travel around the country to enjoy some time with other ADHD coaches and entrepreneurs, increase awareness of ADHD challenges, and finally meet some of my long distance clients face-to-face. It’s sort of like the social season of 19th century London, when the movers and shakers gather together in the city for debutante balls, elaborate dinners and spectacular galas. They can be both exhilarating and exhausting.

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10 Meaningful Areas to Ponder in the New Year

10 Meaningful Areas to Ponder in the New Year

It’s an undeniable fact – most New Year’s resolutions fail. Not because we don’t want to improve our situation or have a lack of motivation – we do! The truth is, most of us don’t take the time to really create goals that will work for us.

When January 1st rolls around, there’s tremendous pressure to outline goals and resolutions for the next 365 days. Many of us are exhausted from the holiday celebrations and we jump into kneejerk promises- lose weight, focus more, etc. We don’t take the time to really assess where we hurt or dream the most.

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Inside a Tipping Point

Inside a Tipping Point

A few months ago, I wrote about “tipping points:”

..a time in people’s lives when the strategies they have been using to compensate for their ADHD challenges no longer seem to be working.  This “tipping point” is often experienced along with feelings of overwhelm and chaos.  Up until a “tipping point,” people have been able to balance known or unknown challenges with ADHD with strategies they may not have even realized they were using.  Up until the “tipping point,” they had been able to adapt and cope well with their symptoms, even going as far as being under the radar for an official diagnosis of ADHD (in other words their symptoms were not interfering with their functioning). But for some reason a life change – it could be a job promotion, relationship change, a school change, or any myriad of different things – renders the current strategies ineffective and over time there is a sense that things are no longer “going well” and in fact, life seems to be falling apart in a big way.

This article really resonated with people. I received many emails from readers stating they had coasted along most of their life, never knowing they had ADHD until they changed jobs or had kids (the overwhelm and chaos that children bring seems to be one of the biggest tipping points). Yet once they read the article, it all made sense- they had ‘tipped over’ and were floundering with no idea why or how to right themselves.

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Celebrating the Joys of ADHD

Celebrating the Joys of ADHD

My favorite radio stations are playing carols, greeting cards are arriving in my mailbox and more and more houses are twinkling as I drive home at night. It’s official – the holidays are here.

I’ve been thinking about the holidays and how to write a blog about best tips to survive and enjoy them if you or a loved one has ADHD. Then I started reminiscing about past seasons with my children and decided to go a different route. To celebrate the joys that ADHD can bring this time of year:

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