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How ADHD Affects Working Memory

How ADHD Affects Working Memory

ADHD affects your working memory, which in turn affects short- and long-term memory as well. Learn more at HealthyPlace about how to improve your ADHD memory. Don't give up on having a good memory - improve it now with these tips.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects working memory as well as short- and long-term memory. In fact, poor memory is often listed as a symptom of ADHD, and numerous articles give great advice about dealing with ADHD forgetfulness and how to improve one’s memory. However, I and many others with ADHD can accurately remember certain facts or conversations years later. I’d like to discuss how ADHD’s relationship to working memory impacts our daily lives, why we struggle with memory, and what we can do about it.

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Adult ADHD and Autism Link: Symptoms and Treatment

Adult ADHD and Autism Link: Symptoms and Treatment

ADHD and autism spectrum disorder often overlap. Read more to learn about ADHD and autism symptoms, why it happens, and what it means for treatment options.

There is an overlap between ADHD and autism, although at first glance the conditions can appear to be opposites. According to stereotypes, people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) concentrate too much and avoid overstimulation, while those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) lack focus and seek constant stimulation. However, there is a huge overlap between ASD and ADHD. As I’ve written about the connection between ADHD and trauma and ADHD and PMS, I’d like to discuss the link between ADHD and ASD.

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ADHD and Trauma Symptoms: How to Tell Them Apart and Treat Both

ADHD and Trauma Symptoms: How to Tell Them Apart and Treat Both

ADHD and trauma symptoms can be hard to tell apart. If you have one, might you have the other and not know it? Learn to distinguish between ADHD and trauma.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and trauma or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms can overlap, making the combination difficult to correctly diagnose or treat. The two conditions share certain symptoms and can be hard to distinguish. Sometimes PTSD exacerbates ADHD and ADHD slows recovery from PTSD. Though challenging, treating the combination of ADHD and trauma is not insurmountable.

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Why Do People with ADHD Have Problems Sleeping?

Why Do People with ADHD Have Problems Sleeping?

ADHD sleep problems-usually sleep deprivation-afflicts many with ADHD. Why do people with ADHD have problems sleeping? What can they do about it? Learn here.

People with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tend to have problems sleeping, even though good sleep helps reduce ADHD symptoms. It’s a cycle—insomnia worsens the same adult ADHD symptoms that make it difficult to sleep. Why do people with ADHD frequently suffer from sleep deprivation, and is there anything we can do about it?

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ADHD Organization Tips: Planners, Calendars and Lists

ADHD Organization Tips: Planners, Calendars and Lists

These are my ADHD organization tips on using calendars, planners, and schedules to your advantage. You can calm the chaos in your mind with these ADHD tips.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) organization tips can come in handy since staying organized can be a daily struggle. This is why I try to write almost everything down in planners. Everyone has a unique organization system, so I want to share a taste of how I use planners, calendars, and lists to stay organized. Take a look at these ADHD organization tips that work for me.

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How Are ADHD and Homelessness Connected?

How Are ADHD and Homelessness Connected?

ADHD and homelessness are connected. Why is this true? What's it about ADHD that creates the risk? Understand the link between homelessness and ADHD--read this.

While some people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are wildly successful, a recent study has shown 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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