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Happy Holidays, Really! (Surviving the holiday season with ADHD)

Written by Sandy Maynard. Find original article here!

Surveys show that, of all the members of a household, women with adult attention deficit disorder (ADHD) are the most likely to feel stress during the holiday season. This probably doesn’t come as a surprise – we are the ones baking the cookies, buying the presents, organizing and preparing for family get-togethers, and trying to get the holiday cards in the mail sometime before Valentine’s Day – all in addition to the usual household responsibilities of laundry, carpooling, homework help, and so forth.

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WITHIN THE BRAIN: The Art of Procrastination.

Written by John J. Ratey, M.D.

Impaired executive functions in the frontal lobes, in particular erratic working memory and a faulty attention system, contribute to procrastination. Working memory can be likened to the RAM of a computer. Without sufficient RAM, the brain moves on to the next issue or stimuli, completely wiping clean what was being considered before.

Despite the awareness of the importance of getting started, the ability to procrastinate is often intertwined with the sometimes amazing ability of people with ADHD to forget, suppress, and repress their desired goals and “get busy” with some other activity, regardless of how meaningless it might be.

Trapped in the moment, the person forgets even painfully catastrophic consequences paid in the past for their avoidance and procrastination. The double-edged sword of procrastination for persons with ADHD is that so often they are able to “pull it off at the nth hour.”

By activating cortisol, the body’s stress response and stress hormone, dopamine, the primary neurotransmitter of the attention system, is released. This serves to correct the lethargic attention system and “turn on” the frontal cortex, which improves RAM and all other executive functions., The person then is able to become focused and sustain the effort and attention to start and complete tasks. This is why individuals with ADHD develop the false believe that they will always be able to “pull it off.” This works well until the complexity of their demands increases, and then they begin to fail.

3 Defining Features of ADHD That Everyone Overlooks [article]

Article from ADDitudemag.com. Found here.

The textbook symptoms of ADD — inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity — fail to reflect several of its most powerful characteristics; the ones that shape your perceptions, emotions, and motivation. Here, Dr. William Dodson explains how to recognize and manage ADHD’s true defining features.

The DSM-V – the bible of psychiatric diagnosis – lists 18 diagnostic criteria for attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD). Clinicians use this to identify symptoms, insurance companies use it to determine coverage, and researchers use it to determine areas of worthwhile study. The problem: These criteria only describe how ADHD affects children ages 6-12, and that has led to misdiagnosis, misunderstanding, and failed treatment for teens, adults, and the elderly. Most people, clinicians included, have only a vague understanding of what ADHD means. They assume it equates to hyperactivity and poor focus, mostly in children. They are wrong. When we step back and ask, “What does everyone with ADHD have in common, that people without ADHD don’t experience?” a different set of symptoms take shape. From this perspective, three defining features of ADHD emerge that explain every aspect of the condition:

1. an interest-based nervous system
2. emotional hyperarousal
3. rejection sensitivity

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You know you have ADHD when… [article from www.ADDitudemag.com]

Click here to read original article from ADDitude.com!

We asked, “You know you have ADHD when…” and you shared these funny, sad, and poignant ADHDisms. Read. Share. Enjoy. Here’s to living well with — and finding humor in — attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)!

1. You can’t find your car keys or your spare set, and your husband is hesitant to lend you his keys because you will probably misplace those, too. (And, you agree, he may be right!)
—Kathy Zimovan, South Carolina

2. You can’t see your alarm clock on the nightstand because of the stack of books you’re reading — all at the same time.
—Stan Herring, Birmingham, Alabama

3. You buy another organizing system, to organize your last five organizing systems.
—Letta Neely, Boston, Massachusetts

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Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria – [article]

Dealing with Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD) and ADHD

Tuesday, November 28 2017 . Original article found here: https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/livingwithadultadhd/2017/11/adhd-and-rejection-sensitive-dysphoria

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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Mindful Awareness: How to Combat ADHD Symptoms with Meditation [article]

Mindful Awareness: How to Combat ADHD Symptoms with Meditation [article]

Article found at: https://www.additudemag.com/mindfulness-meditation-for-adhd/

For many adults and children with ADHD, two persistent daily challenges are paying attention and maintaining self-regulation. So it stands to reason that some kind of attention training that also hones self-control would be invaluable — and incredibly powerful.

Well, it turns out one such treatment strategy has been around for thousands of years, and it’s a hot research topic at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC). ADDitude’s Carl Sherman, Ph.D., spoke with psychiatrist Lidia Zylowska, M.D., who heads the center’s ADHD program.

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