Archives for April 2011

ADHD Comorbidity

I don’t know about you, but I find the term ‘Comorbid’ a grim term. I am sure it would have been possible to come up with a more cheery description of an ‘individual that has more than one medical condition that exists both independently and at the same time.

However, regardless of the term, if you have Adult ADHD there is a 75% chance that you have another condition and that condition could also affect your attention.

Below is a list of the most common conditions that exist with ADD.

Here are the other conditions:

1) Depression
Struggling with unmanaged ADD is difficult so it’s not surprising as many as 16-30% of adults with ADD experience a major depression and 20-37% mild depression.

2) Anxiety
Statics show that 50 percent of adults with ADHD also have an anxiety disorder. An anxiety disorder could be Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Panic Disorder, Social phobia or specific phobias, such as fear of flying or fear of spiders etc.

3) Bipolar Disorder
Around 20% of adults with ADD also have Bipolar disorder. It can mimic symptoms of ADD and like ADD, it is heredity.

4) Sleep difficulties
People with ADD find it hard to fall asleep because their mind is working +++. They also find it hard to wake up in the morning and it takes them a while to ‘get going’. While Insomnia is the most well known sleeping difficulty, the other common ones for ADHD adults are Teeth Grinding, Sleep Apnea and Restless Leg Syndrome.

5)Learning Disabilities
People with ADHD have an increased likelihood of also having a learning disability.

6) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Dr Hallowell believes most people with ADD have a mild form of PTSD because if left unmanaged ADHD can mean repeated traumas, humiliation, rejection and failures.

Remember if you do have one or more of these conditions along with ADHD, there is good news. When you start to treat and manage ADHD, issues with these conditions very often improve greatly too.

Don’t forget to read more about each condition that interests you.


Earth Day

If you have ADHD there is a very good chance that you care greatly about the planet, but struggle to implement daily actions that can help. Here are 5 tips that can help you help our earth:

1. Take shorter showers: Taking shorter showers is a win-win. Not only does it help the environment by saving on the energy used to heat the water, it also helps you to get out the door faster in the morning.

2. Eat less animal protein: Meat production taxes the earth’s resources +++ and most Westerners eat more protein than is healthy for them. However, a healthy protein (lean meat, eggs, etc.) with every meal helps your ADHD brain function at its peak. So choose your protein carefully and where at all possible help the environment by choosing organic and locally produced meat.

3. Recycle: Recycling helps the environment as it reduces pollution, saves energy (less is used by using recycled products than new materials) and preserves natural resources.Recycling becomes a habit. Take it day by day. You might feel like that one water bottle won’t make a difference, but little steps make a big difference.

4. Buy products with the smallest amount of packaging: For example, when selecting fresh produce, such as, tomatoes choose the ones on display individually rather than pre-wrapped in packs. Purchase products that are sold in larger quantities or come in
concentrated form.

5.  Walk to work: Walking to work reduces pollution to the environment. Exercise, such as, brisk walking helps your ADHD by increasing focus and concentrate and also reduces depression. Walking to work is another win-win as it helps you to exercise first thing, have a productive day and help the earth. If you live too far to walk, cycling is another great idea.

These five ideas are a great way to get started being green. Good luck and let me know how you get along!

Man Bag or Murse?

Did you ever see the Friends episode where Joey starts to carry a bag that resembles a female purse? He is very attached to it and calls it a ‘Man bag’. While it’s a funny episode, if you have ADHD and male, there is LOTS to be said for carry a Man bag, or Murse (man-purse).

Of course, yours doesn’t need to be at all feminine. Whether it’s a stylish messenger bags, ruc sac, or brief case they all do the same job, which is to carry important items from A to B safely.It greatly reduces the chances of you losing important items, which is an ongoing problem of all ADDers and especially male ADDers.

What is it about a man bag that stops you losing things? It’s much easier to put belongings into a bag than stuffing your pockets on your trousers and jackets.
1) Items might fall out
2) You can pat your pockets, know they are full and think you have everything giving a false sense of security that you have everything.
3) You will usually have items that you have to carry in your hand that are too large for your pockets and when this happens the chance of losing things increases+++.

Another benefit is that having a man bag means when you leave the house, you don’t have to have a search for everything you thing you need to take as most things, such as your wallet and shades will be already in there.

Things to carry in your bag:
Wallet, phone, keys, shades are the basics. Depending on what you are doing on any given day you might also pop in your lunch, the book you are reading, your camera, passport, laptop, important documents, anything attached to errands you are running, such as mail to post.

DO  empty your bag at least once a week. You will find it gathers all sorts of random items, such a receipts, pens, half eaten chocolate bars. When your bag gets full of these items it’s hard to see and find your precious items at a glance.
DON’T use a plastic bag. It’s only a question of time before it is mistaken for garbage by you or someone else.

This week’s action is:
1) Buy your own Man bag! Chose one you love and will enjoy carrying.
2) Notice the peace of mind it gives you.
3) Notice the reduction of times you lose your important items!