New resource for parents of ADHD kidsFeb 21, 2020
I saw my ADHD Dr. on Wednesday and he told me about this new texting program that he developed with MGH to help parents manage their kids' ADHD. Anyone can use it. The first month is free. And, it may be available for adults in the future. Please check it out and let me know if you like it.
I've only been inside myself.Feb 16, 2020
When dealing with brain chemistry issues it can be really difficult to know that what we are experiencing isn't "normal." After all, we don't have anything to compare to how we feel. ADHD is particularly hard to identify because it doesn't develop later in life. Depression, for example has an onset. So there is an opportunity to compare how you feel when you are depressed with how you felt before you were depressed. Not to say that that is always easy. But I feel like we, as a society also have a better vocabulary to talk about depression.
As ADHDers we also get so much negative feedback telling us that we are lazy, unmotivated, not reaching our potential, that it's hard not to internalize at least some of that. I guess my point is that you should trust yourself. How you feel is unique. Don't let anyone tell you it isn't valid.
GaslightingFeb 4, 2020
As I continue to recover, here's a low hanging fruit post. Great article on ADDitude about Gaslighting... really about how classic abusers operate. I've seen it far to often in my practice. Check out the link.
Scheduling your dayJan 30, 2020
Wrote this before I got sick... hope it's still topical... and useful.
One more important note on last week’s post. Scheduling your day is just a mini version of scheduling your week or month. The only difference is that it is a smaller and more detailed. It is no secret that many of us with ADHD struggle to transition from one activity to another. I have found that one of the best ways to manage this weakness is to have a plan. If you have to stop and think about what’s next everytime you finish a task, that layers additional executive function on top of the difficulty with transitioning.
But if you have a plan/ a schedule for your day that is reasonably detailed and accurate, you always know what is coming next. I think that if you know what is coming next you can get your brain to start the transitioning process earlier. Then you are much more likely to be able to flow from one thing to the next. For example, when I’m with a client, I’m fully focused on that client. Yet, somehow, it still helps me to know if I have another next, or if I’m going to the gym, or if I’m picking up my kids, or if I’m doing office work, or writing a blog post. Somehow my brain can begin the transition and be ready to move to the next thing when I have it planned out. Try it. I bet it will work for you too.
Standard Disclaimer: In an effort to foil my own perfectionist tendencies, I do not edit my posts muh, if at all. Please excuse typos, mistakes, grammatical errors, or awkward phrasing. I focus on getting my content down. In my humble opinion, an imperfect post posted is infinitely better than a perfect post that goes unfinished.
Traveling with ADHD medsJan 17, 2020
Great topic in this week's ADHD weekly from the NRC. What you need to think about before traveling with your ADHD meds.
It is also very important to think about when you are going to be out of your meds. Don't want to run our while on vacation. I recently had a client deal with this. It really just required coordinating with the doctor, pharmacy, and insurance... which in her case actually went smoothly.
Personal UpdateJan 17, 2020
Hello everyone. You may have noticed that I haven't posted and entry in about 2 1/2 months. Well, without going into the gory details, I got really sick. Like, 16 days in the hospital, nine of them in the ICU, kind of sick. I'm expected to make a full recovery. But it has been slow going allowing my body and my brain to recover. My plan is to start posting shorter, less attention intense entries to get myself back in the swing of things as I work toward full health.
Just know that I haven't given up on sharing my thoughts on ADHD and related issue and that I hope to be back to more in depth and more expansive topics as soon as I can. I thank you all for your patience.