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Are ADHD and Homelessness Connected?

Are ADHD and Homelessness Connected?

Are people with ADHD more likely to become homeless? Read more to understand the link between homelessness and ADHD.

While some people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are wildly successful, a recent study shows that there could be a connection between ADHD and homelessness. I am fortunate to have friends, family, and other resources to keep a roof over my head if necessary. Still, I have a faint fear about ending up in a state of destitution. A large part of it is the sense of panic that comes with having ADHD, a creeping fear that, one day, your life will collapse around you. Because of that, it does not surprise me that some people with ADHD become homeless.

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Is It ADHD Perseveration or Hyperfocus?

Is It ADHD Perseveration or Hyperfocus?

People with ADHD sometimes exhibit signs of perseveration, which is sometimes confused with hyperfocus. Read more to learn about perseveration and ADHD.

I first heard the term “perseveration” in a lecture by psychologist Russell Barkley about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and hyperfocus.1 People with ADHD struggle with boredom, but they can often focus on things they enjoy. In fact, they can focus too much, obsessing over one thing and ignoring other subjects and tasks. Barkley suggests that ADHDers do not hyperfocus, as people with autism do, but perseverate. He defines perseveration as the inability to stop doing an activity at an appropriate time.

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Dealing with Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD) and ADHD

Dealing with Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD) and ADHD

ADHDers can learn to deal with rejection sensitive dysphoria, often experienced after rejection or criticism. Learn more about RSD and how to deal with it here.

Psychiatrist William Dodson developed a term specifically applicable to people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): rejection sensitive dysphoria (RSD). Rejection sensitive dysphoria applies to people with ADHD because ADHDers tend to be particularly sensitive. While the existence of RSD is up for debate, the emotionality of ADHDers is not. Many with the disorder agree that they are extremely sensitive to rejection, criticism, and failure.

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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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Would Renaming ADHD Better Describe the Disorder?

Would Renaming ADHD Better Describe the Disorder?

Renaming ADHD could lead to less stigma and greater understanding of what ADHD is. What would we rename ADHD? Learn historical names and suggest a new one here.

Renaming attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on my mind because, in honor of ADHD Awareness Month, I binged on lectures by ADHD-expert Dr. Russell Barkley. He points out that “attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” is a poor term for the condition, and he is not alone in thinking that renaming ADHD is a good idea. Fellow ADHD-specialist Dr. Edward Hallowell claims that “ADHD is a terrible term,” and many with this condition agree, myself included. I started to wonder about the history of the term, if there were alternative names for the disorder, and if renaming ADHD could reduce ADHD stigma.

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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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Happy ADHD Awareness Month!

Happy ADHD Awareness Month!

Why does ADHD Awareness Month exist? Learn more about the importance of spreading (correct) information about ADHD.

October is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity (ADHD) Awareness Month. Many are familiar with the term “ADHD,” formerly known as “ADD.” The disorder is characterized by impulsiveness, hyperactivity, and difficulty regulating focus. However, many people are not familiar with why ADHD should be recognized and not dismissed as a made-up or exaggerated condition. This is why we have a month dedicated to bringing awareness to ADHD.

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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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