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ADHD and PMS Make Life Difficult

ADHD and PMS Make Life Difficult

Do you suffer from both ADHD and PMS? Women with ADHD and PMS can find themselves affected by the effects of hormones on ADHD regularly. Here's why.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and premenstrual syndrome (PMS) are a tough combination. Many women with ADHD also suffer from PMS, which can be severe enough to resemble premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), an extreme form of PMS. PMS impacts women’s mental health and I find that my ADHD symptoms worsen right before my period. There is actually a scientific reason for this as hormones play a major role in ADHD.

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Tips for When ADHD Makes Reading Difficult

Tips for When ADHD Makes Reading Difficult

People with ADHD often struggle to read. Learn a few tips and watch a video about ADHD reading challenges and some ways to work around them.

I love getting new books, but attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) makes reading difficult. Discovering what is between book covers is a wonderful experience. However, finishing those books is a different issue. As is often the case for people with ADHD, I have difficulties with follow-through on things, and that includes reading; other people with ADHD find reading difficult for other reasons.

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Is Your Poor Sense of Direction a Symptom of ADHD?

Is Your Poor Sense of Direction a Symptom of ADHD?

Some with ADHD have a poor sense of direction. The complex connection between ADHD and your sense of direction may have some explanations. Check this out.

I have wasted so much time trying to orient myself while traveling thanks to my attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and my lack of sense of direction. My iPhone battery is a precious resource when I have to constantly check its GPS. I try to inform others that I have a terrible sense of direction, but many still seem surprised at my incompetence (ADHD: Better Late Than Never?). The connection between ADHD and a sense of direction is more complex than I realized.

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That Stupid Marshmallow Study, ADHD and Self-Control

That Stupid Marshmallow Study, ADHD and Self-Control

The famous marshmallow study tested self-control. Media reports on the study often stigmatize ADHD, but ADHD wasn't even the subject of the study. Learn more.

To be fair, the Stanford marshmallow study is itself not stupid. It is the way that it is reported that often leaves me frustrated. In the 1960s and ’70s, Stanford psychologists conducted a series of studies in which researchers placed a marshmallow (or another treat) in front of a child. They told him that he would receive a second treat if he could wait for 15 minutes while the researchers left the room. Follow-up “marshmallow” studies revealed that the children who could wait longer tended to be more “successful” than those who did not. Unfortunately, this is the kind of narrative people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) know too well, and it is the kind of test they often “fail.” ADHD and self-control is a big deal.

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Adult ADHD and Urgency: Dealing With a Now or Never Impulse

Adult ADHD and Urgency: Dealing With a Now or Never Impulse

Adults with ADHD often feel a sense of urgency. ADHD's symptom of urgency has both up- and downsides. Learn about ADHD's now-or-never mentality here.

People with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) experience a sense of urgency. In fact, people with ADHD have a complicated relationship with time in general. ADHD-ers often suffer from “time blindness” that makes time management difficult because we often can’t accurately measure time. It can make both everything and nothing seem urgent. Today, I would like to address this “now or never” aspect of adult ADHD and urgency.

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Learn Habits to Reduce ADHD Symptom-Related Problems

Learn Habits to Reduce ADHD Symptom-Related Problems

Changing habits to reduce ADHD symptom-related problems isn't easy, but it's worth it. Here's how I work with Adult ADHD to make it more manageable.

I have a disability called adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD causes many symptom-related problems that I must learn to manage. For instance, if you are blind, you prepare an environment and create habits that make the disability more manageable. I am approaching the disability of ADHD by transforming my environment and creating habits that reduce the problems caused by my ADHD symptoms.

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5 Tips to Boost Productivity with Adult ADHD

5 Tips to Boost Productivity with Adult ADHD

If you have adult ADHD, you can boost your productivity with these 5 tips. Learn more about managing your ADHD symptoms and organization.

A common misconception is that apart from medication, there is little someone diagnosed with adult attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can do to maintain what passes as order in their life. While it certainly feels like that from time to time, it is simply not the case. There are some things an adult with ADHD can do to stack the odds in his or her favor.

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Adult ADHD and Diets

Adult ADHD and Diets

It seems like everyone you know is on a diet, right? Most people don’t succeed, sadly. If they do, they gain it back (plus some) later on. It’s hard to stick to losing weight and a diet plan. For those of us with adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) it can be even more difficult. Impulisvity, medication side-effects and all the traps that “ordinary people” fall into are all waiting to trip us up.

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Adult ADHD and Executive Functioning Practice

Adult ADHD and Executive Functioning Practice

I have been working on my executive functioning (EF) skills during my week long break from school. How have I, chock full of adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), accomplished this? Well, by practising the steps of EF: planning, organizing and only then completing a task. I began, and completed, one project over break and am currently in the middle of my second (which I sadly won’t finish for quite some time).

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ADHD Medication Vacation: Should Your Child Have One?

ADHD Medication Vacation: Should Your Child Have One?

Many parents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) remember, as a child, taking an ADHD medication vacation during the summer. Well, summer is around the corner and maybe you’re wondering what to do about your son or daughter’s ADHD medications. Bob says, “my child really needs them for school, and the medication has calmed him down a lot, but some people have told me they take their kids off ADHD medication in the summer. I‘m not sure what to do!” (See an Adult ADHD Medication Vacations article here.)

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