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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 ADHD Awareness Month. Many are familiar with the term “ADHD,” formerly known as “ADD,” which stands for “attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.” 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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Introduction to Noelle Matteson, Author of ‘Living with Adult ADHD’

Introduction to Noelle Matteson, Author of ‘Living with Adult ADHD’

Noelle Matteson, author of "Living with Adult ADHD," talks about an adult ADHD diagnosis and how she's handling it. Read more about Noelle Matteson here.My name is Noelle Matteson, and I will be writing for HealthyPlace’s blog Living with Adult ADHD. I am at the beginning of my attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) journey, so I thought this would be a good place to share my experiences and to learn about yours.

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Trying New Organization Strategies for Adults With ADHD

Trying New Organization Strategies for Adults With ADHD

I'm trying new organization strategies to deal with adult ADHD, and here is where I'm starting. Watch to learn what adult ADHD organization strategies I'll try.

Organization strategies for adults with ADHD help reduce frustration and regain time lost to disorganization. I feel organization strategies that work with adult ADHD will provide the foundation of being able to move out into the world and focus on living. My disorganization has robbed me of years of my life as I am always looking for something or moving things around the house creating another area of clutter. I needed a new organization strategy for dealing with adult ADHD, and this is what I decided to do.

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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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About Kathy West, Author of ‘Living with Adult ADHD’

About Kathy West, Author of ‘Living with Adult ADHD’

Kathy West, new author of Living with Adult ADHD, shares her struggles with psychiatric diagnoses and how adult ADHD is affecting her life.My name is Kathy West and I am the new author of Living with Adult ADHD. I am so grateful to share my experiences with this illness and things that have helped me cope more successfully. I want to hear about your experience with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and coping strategies you have discovered. Together, I believe we can improve our lives by sharing these things with one another.

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Stimulants and Adult ADHD: What You Need to Know

Stimulants and Adult ADHD: What You Need to Know

Stimulant medications used in ADHD treatment are often misunderstood. Learn the facts about stimulants and ADHD.

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is the root of many debates ranging from whether it really exists to how to treat it — if at all. Current public perceptions indicate that ADHD is over-medicated and over-diagnosed, and despite several studies that find the opposite of these beliefs, many people still hold onto these ideas.

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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity: Is ADHD Really A Disorder?

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity: Is ADHD Really A Disorder?

We can quote textbooks and specialists all day long, but in the end, it is how we perceive ourselves and our individual conditions that really count. In that respect, is attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) truly a disorder? I don’t like terms like illness, disease, or disorder because they all imply there’s something wrong, and I don’t entirely feel that’s the case.

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