*Article from www.additudemag.com*
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) do better when they know what to expect — and what’s expected of them. This is especially true of younger children, who are quick to shout, “I’m bored” if there isn’t something going on every second. So, what can a parent do to make sure their kids’ and pre-teens’ days are filled with structure and fun activities this summer?
Experts agree that it’s important to exercise a child’s body and mind. “Children can lose a lot of what they’ve worked so hard to gain during the school year,” says Jane Hannah, Ed.D., author of Parenting a Child with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Plan some regular activities to give them a boost. Decide whether you and your child can do them on your own or whether he would benefit from a tutor, a specialized camp, or a workshop. Reinforce academic accomplishments with fun rewards — bowling, visiting the playground, swimming.
Parents’ Best Boredom-Beating, Brain-Boosting Summertime Tips:
Create summer routines and schedules. Don’t wait for your child to ask for direction. Post a weekly schedule of planned activities, along with blocks marked out for free time. As new ideas occur, fill in the free-time blocks. List everything — from casual, open-ended activities, like reading or time on the computer, to structured ones, like cooking projects.
ADHD Is Different for Women [article]
Article found at: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/04/adhd-is-different-for-women/381158/
When you live in total squalor—cookies in your pants drawer, pants in your cookies drawer, and nickels, dresses, old New Yorkers, and apple seeds in your bed—it’s hard to know where to look when you lose your keys. The other day, after two weeks of fruitless searching, I found my keys in the refrigerator on top of the roasted garlic hummus. I can’t say I was surprised. I was surprised when my psychiatrist diagnosed me with ADHD two years ago, when I was a junior at Yale.
In editorials and in waiting rooms, concerns of too-liberal diagnoses and over-medication dominate our discussions of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. The New York Times recently reported, with great alarm, the findings of a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study: 11 percent of school-age children have received an ADHD diagnosis, a 16 percent increase since 2007. And rising diagnoses mean rising treatments—drugs like Adderall and Ritalin are more accessible than ever, whether prescribed by a physician or purchased in a library. The consequences of misuse and abuse of these drugs are dangerous, sometimes fatal.
Uncomfortable Truths About the ADHD Nervous System [from www.additudemag.com]
Easily bored, sensitive to distractions, creative and intense. If you grew up with ADHD, chances are you always felt “different.” Now here’s a scientific explanation, finally, of why we act the way we do.
What I have come to understand — something that people with ADHD know from an early age — is that, if you have an ADHD nervous system, you might as well have been born on a different planet.
Most people with ADHD have always known they are different. They were told by parents, teachers, employers, spouses, and friends that they did not fit the common mold and that they had better shape up in a hurry if they wanted to make something of themselves.
As if they were immigrants, they were told to assimilate into the dominant culture and become like everyone else. Unfortunately, no one told them how to do this. No one revealed the bigger secret: It couldn’t be done, no matter how hard they tried. The only outcome would be failure, made worse by the accusation that they will never succeed because ADHD in adults means they don’t try hard enough or long enough.
It is very common for those of us with ADHD to be introverts; completely capable of entertaining ourselves and thoroughly enjoying alone time. We have the innate ability to hyper-focus, and we are easily distracted – two characteristics that can make it hard to live in a world where extroversion is valued.
Original article found here.
Why Social Situations Exhaust Introverts: A Programmer’s Take – by Erik Dietrich
I’m going to apologize in advance if this winds up being a long post, but it’s a topic that requires a great deal of introspection and I find that attempting to explain myself is one of the hardest things to abbreviate. Over the years, I’ve read a bit about the topic of introversion versus extroversion and, being in an industry in which introversion is often assumed, I’ve also seen a number of memes about it. This one is probably my favorite, if for no other reason than seeing the poor introvert hissing like a cat at some invasive extrovert.
Article can be found at: https://www.additudemag.com/secrets-of-the-adhd-brain/
Attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) is a confusing, contradictory, inconsistent, and frustrating condition. It is overwhelming to people who live with it every day. The diagnostic criteria that have been used for the last 40 years leave many people wondering whether they have the condition or not. Diagnosticians have long lists of symptoms to sort through and check off. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has 18 criteria, and other symptom lists cite as many as 100 traits.
Practitioners, including myself, have been trying to establish a simpler, clearer way to understand the impairments of ADHD. We have been looking for the “bright and shining line” that defines the condition, explains the source of impairments, and gives direction as to what to do about it.
My work for the last decade suggests that we have been missing something important about the fundamental nature of the ADHD brain. I went back to the experts on the condition — the hundreds of people and their families I worked with who were diagnosed with it — to confirm my hypothesis. My goal was to look for the feature that everyone with ADHD has, and that neurotypical people don’t have.
There are thousands of articles that will tell you how you can “hack” your life to be more productive, happy, successful, etc. Furthermore, it seems like the Internet is awash with hacks that claim to help people with ADHD manage their lives. But what does “ADHD hack” really mean?
A life hack is a simple recommendation that is specific and easy to implement. Oftentimes, an ADHD hack is merely a common sense piece of advice. While there is nothing inherently wrong with advice, a hack is supposed to help with a specific problem. I find most so-called hacks to be far too general, difficult to actually use, or even just plain false! To help you separate the weat from the chaff, I have combed through a number of websites with ADHD hacks and compiled the most useful ones below (sources listed at the end):
7 Truths About ADHD and Intense Emotions
You’re not imagining things, ADHD really is linked to more powerful, sudden, and unruly emotions.
But, once you understand your difficulty with emotional regulation, you can get it under control. In this video, learn
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Kristina will be getting some sunshine in Flordia for the first week of March! She will be unavailable to send in refills or answer non-urgent questions – Gina will be around to answer scheduling and billing inquiries. If you will need a medication refill while she was away, please make sure to schedule an appointment this month through our portal, or e-mail us at email@example.com. Please remember to request prescription refills 48 hours in advance.
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9 Tips for Living Successfully with Adult ADHD
Thursday, April 26th, 2012
What does living successfully with Adult ADHD mean to you? Perhaps you think success is focusing more easily or following-through on projects. Perhaps it’s getting organized or finding a job more suited to your ADHD personality. Success often seems like a far away dream to ADHD adults. Fortunately, as an ADD Coach, my clients show me first hand how targeted guidance and hard work make success possible. You can live an ADHD-friendly, satisfying and successful life. How To Live Successfully with Adult ADHD
People Share What ADHD Really Feels Like
What does it feel like to have ADHD?
People Share What ADHD Really Feels Like
Many people misunderstand what it means to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. “ADHD is not like pregnancy,” said Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “It is not an either you have it or you don’t phenomenon.” Each of us has some ADHD traits some of the time, he said.
“When diagnoses exist on a spectrum like that, it can lead people who have a trait, but not ADHD, to think that they know what the latter part of the spectrum feels like, when they don’t.”
We asked people who have ADHD to share what ADHD feels like. You might notice both similarities and differences in their descriptions, because as writer Kelly Babcock said, “ADHD is never exactly the same for any two people.”