Category Archives: ADHD/ADD

ADHD Awareness month …

“Insecurities have the ability to shape and mold our minds to live with everything that’s bad; like crying on the inside, while smiling on the outside…thus creating pain…but, alas, I have the answer; forget about what you thought and enjoy (embrace) what you feel”
― Jeremy Aldana

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There are a lot of adults with ADHD (Attention Deficit(Hyperactivity) Disorder) and it impacts every day of their life in ways that don’t always produce positive results.   ADHD is like looking at the stars … too many ideas, too many thoughts, and too many things forgotten.

People with ADHD are often very creative and intelligent and struggle with things like staying on task, staying focused, getting things done on time or just being organized enough to remember the next appointment.  In a world filled with distractions people with ADHD are over distracted and that can impact their work, their relationships and their sense of well-being.

Learning how to manage ADHD can improve the life of a person with ADHD.   Learning about ADHD can help the people without ADHD understand how ADHD impacts those with ADHD.

Between Oct 26 and Nov 1 there is a FREE virtual conference on ADHD that you can sign up and attend.   If you know of someone with ADHD then have them sign up and learn the latest in ADHD management strategies.

You can sign-up here REGISTER FOR THE VIRTUAL ADHD CONFERENCE.  Register today and find out ways to take charge of ADHD (for you or someone you know).

ADHD: Principles of Structure

“You are where you are and what you are because of yourself, nothing else. Nature is neutral. Nature doesn’t care. If you do what other successful people do, you will enjoy the same results and rewards that they do. And if you don’t, you won’t.”
― Brian Tracy

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People with ADHD believe that they want less structure in their lives and yet the more structure they do have the more freedom they experience.  Structure creates freedom.

In the mind of a person that experiences ADHD multiple thoughts disrupt a consistent behavioral pattern.  That is why someone with ADHD who starts out to complete a task can be easily taken off course by noticing something that could be done (though it could be done later) that doesn’t need to be done right now.

Where does one start?

Start with a daily plan.  Plan the day in 30 minute blocks and decide what is going to fill those blocks.  You can span multiple blocks if you want.  The idea is to schedule your day rather than you day scheduling you.   Schedule your non-work hours as well.

Start with something simple (as shown below) and extend it for the full day.  You can use it to track where you time is going  and then make some decisions on how you want to spend your time.

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Find out how you are spending your time (what is the reality) and then review that information.  Use that information to make some decisions on how you want to spend your time.

After you know where the time is going create the schedule that will work for you.   If time is being lost in unproductive or useless activities schedule that time for something that is beneficial for you.

To get start track how your time is being spent for a week.  Track all the things you do.  It doesn’t have to be super precise, just good enough to understand what is really happening in your life.

We’ll look at ways to turn unproductive time into productive time next time.

do you wait until …

“Inside Critics

The critical voices in our own heads are far more vicious than what we might hear from the outside. Our “inside critics” have intimate knowledge of us and can zero in on our weakest spots.

You might be told by the critics that you’re too fat, too old, too young, not intelligent enough, a quitter, not logical, prone to try too many things…
It’s all balderdash!

Some elements of these may be true, and it’s completely up to you how they affect you. Inside critics are really just trying to protect you. You can:

Learn to dialogue with them.
Give them new jobs.
Turn them into allies.
You can also dismantle/exterminate them.”
S.A.R.K., Creative Companion: How to Free Your Creative Spirit

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Have you ever heard anyone say, “What are you waiting for?”  What was your answer?

Getting started can take a lot of purposeful energy.  Big projects can wait after all there is time.   That tends to be the belief that projects that are to be completed sometime in the future aren’t important to start today.

Need a new job and you’re waiting for something else to happen and then it’s suddenly too late to say, “I have a job and I’m looking.”    Waiting often causes regret and at the same time there isn’t that desire to do it now.

If you took that project and divided it into smaller projects and set due dates that were more immediate that would make that big project less daunting and doable.  Small easy projects that can be done quickly offer small rewards now.

Check this video clip out.  Does the method work for you?

ADHD in the news

 

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ADHD in the news, take a look at this story of how ADHD is impacting adult lives.   The story portrays adults who have been impacted with ADHD and their belief in their self-worth, damaged by ADHD.   Opportunities lost to a neuro-biological condition that at least in theory would go away as individuals reached adulthood.    Findings are showing that as children are being diagnosed with ADHD parents are becoming aware of their own ADHD.

What can be done?  For some there is solace in the variety of medications available to treat ADHD and often that is not enough to equip those with ADHD to function at the level they  desire to function at.    Sometimes it takes more than some medications to boost the performance of those with ADHD. Often what happens after years of hearing and experiencing less than positive messages the person with ADHD takes on those messages and believes that they are true.  “You aren’t good enough”    and that takes more than some medications.

If you think you may have ADHD (if you have children with ADHD, you may have ADHD yourself), find out if those patterns you see in your children are patterns you have.   If you have found yourself having difficulty managing time, losing things, forgetting where you put things,  difficulty understanding directions, not getting things done on time, purchasing things because it feels good or not being able to figure what to do you may want to find out if you do have ADHD, especially if has been a persistent problem over many years.  The first step is finding out.   The second step is working with an ADHD professional to help you establish new habits and processes that will enable you to get good results.

 

ADHD what’s new?

“Nothing says work efficiency like panic mode.”
― Don Roff

ADHD Treatments 3D.png  ADHD is not just a small problem with small consequences  it is a big problem with large consequences.   As more and more is learned about the brain and how it works there are more and new ways of managing ADHD.   If you are dealing with time management, organization, focus and procrastination you may be dealing with ADHD or just crash of constant change in your life.   In either case there are ways to help get more out of the day and reduce the frustration and anxiety often experienced as a result of ADHD.

It is surprising how many adults with ADHD in the workplace silently struggle to do more and more left brain activities.   It is expected that people who work pay attention to detail, think before they speak, manage their time effectively, show up to meetings on time, not act impulsively, and to focus on their work.  These are characteristics of the modern workforce that can’t be ignored.

I’ve heard of too many stories where an employee was dismissed from their work as a result of having ADHD (not that they told their employer).    Manager’s aren’t equipped to recognize and manage ADHD, they just chalk it up to a performance issue or a lack of desire or something that can’t be tolerated and find ways to remove the employee.   That results in a lose/lose situation.  The company loses someone who wants to contribute, is likely very creative and imaginative but trapped in a world where time management and attention to detail is seen as very important.

The best way to manage the ADHD issues is education and management.  Taking time to find new strategies or new methods to manage ADHD will help everyone impacted with ADHD.

meet little billy …

“If you took one-tenth the energy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you’d be surprised by how well things can work out… Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won’t make us happier.”
― Randy Pausch

Who is Little Billy?   He’s a supercharged kid with a learning disorder.   He comes to life through the animation of Chance Raspberry a Simpson’s Cartoon animator.

If you have ADHD or any other learning disorder this cartoon is designed to help those identify and see their challenges in a new light, a not so serious light that may offer some support and understanding for those who don’t know much about learning barriers.

Meet ‘Little Billy’ and see the story unfold.

You can find out more at, Little Billy’s website.    So, if there’s a Little Billy that you know that is charged with a little bit more energy than everyone else, or chases after the next sparkling thing let them meet him.

Yell them out …

“If you’re trying to be miserable, it’s important you don’t have any goals. No school goals, personal goals, family goals. Your only objective each day should be to inhale and exhale for sixteen hours before you go to bed again. Don’t read anything informative, don’t listen to anything useful, don’t do anything productive. If you start achieving goals, you might start to feel a sense of excitement, then you might want to set another goal, and then your miserable mornings are through. To maintain your misery, the idea of crossing off your goals should never cross your mind.”
― John Bytheway

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A New Year is coming.   It is goal setting time.   Not like last years goals which you kept quietly to yourself, but goals that you will share with others.   I want you to write down your biggest goal for 2013 and share it right here.   If you want to reach that goal someone has to know about it.   Make it big, make it bold and share it.

Keeping it a secret will be that the goal is likely to live to the end of January and you’ll save it for next year.

Thinking about losing weight … how much weight?  Not the initial number of pounds but the real number of pounds you want to lose.    Then write down “why” you want to lose that weight (you can keep that a secret if you want to).

Thinking about doing something courageous then shout it out, write it down and put a comment into the blog.   Share it!   Make it happen.   You’re doing it for you.  You’re doing it because you’ve waited long enough.   Be bold, be brave and share it.

Have you ever thought of running a marathon?   Maybe you’ve had this goal for years and you think about it and then don’t do it.   Make this the year you do it.

Some people don’t have goals because they feel that they will fail and they don’t want to share with someone something they might not do and it there would be a feeling of shame if they shared the goal.   Make this the year you decide to make the change.

Maybe it’s time to change something about work.   You’re really not happy where you are but you need the job.   Set a goal and find work you can love.  Make it happen.

Perhaps you want to take a class and you’re afraid that you might not fit in.    Then take an on-line class at Coursera (high level schools with high level classes).

Whatever it is, life and happiness surface when you have real goals and a desire to make those goals come true.   Isn’t it time?   Isn’t it time that you make this year the year you make some real changes.   Tell us!   Shout it out!

Do it now!

What’s my goal?   It is to write a book on managing ADHD and have it completed before Dec 2013.

What’s your goal?