The ADHD Traveler’s Checklist

I got a great question this week,

“Do you have any helpful info to help the ADD person plan and PACK for a trip? It’s hellish for me.”

Actually, I do!!

Many ADHDers have a love/hate relationship with travel and the holidays. Some love the adventure and novelty; others hate the disruption to their daily routine.

Even ADHDers who love going on trips can find the planning and preparation involved challenging. In order to have an enjoyable, stress free trip with minimal unexpected surprises, some planning and attention to details are helpful.  Since both of those can be tricky when you are living with ADHD, I created a list to help you! [Read more…]

How is Adult ADD Different from Adult ADHD?

This article answers a blog reader’s question:

I have adult ADD. How does that differ from adult ADHD?

It’s a great question and one that lots of people are curious or confused about.

To answer it fully, we need to break it down into 3 sub questions.

  1. What difference is there in the terms ADD and ADHD?
  2. What is the difference between Inattentive ADHD and Hyperactive-Impulsive ADHD?
  3. What is the difference between childhood and adult ADHD?

Let’s start with the ADD/ ADHD question first.

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ADHD and Don’t Break the Chain!

Motivation is the urge ‘to do’ something. Lots of people with ADHD, find they don’t feel motivated to take action until a deadline is looming.

Then there is a sense of urgency, as they race against the clock. The neurotransmitter dopamine is released so they can focus and prioritize. Everything unrelated to goal is blocked out until the task is completed.

When the project is finish they breathe a sigh of relief, feel victorious and vow never to let that happen again. And really mean it! However, when the next project comes along, getting started is just as difficult.

Creating a deadlines for yourself before the actual deadline sounds like a good way round this, but you know these aren’t a ‘real’ so these personal deadlines don’t provide the same motivation.

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Clear and Calm v’s ADHD Clutter!

When Susy closed the front door she felt a mixture of shame and relief.

Shame because her home was very messy – the type of messy that when the doorbell rang she opened the door just enough for her head to peer out and not an inch more.

Relief because she had successfully managed the situation. The potential disaster of another human being seeing her messy home had been avoided.

Susy looked at her kitchen and wondered how she could have achieved two degrees and hold a responsible job yet not be able to keep her countertops clean.

Dishes with dinner leftovers hid behind condiment bottles, like the soy sauce and olive oil she had used for last week’s stir fry. Coffee mugs and items waiting to be recycled also jostled for space. [Read more…]

ADHD and The 5 Second Rule

Have you heard of the 5 Second Rule? It is a powerful metacognition technique that overrides the brain’s tendency to squash your good ideas and intentions. By using the 5 Second Rule, you can break the habit loop and start acting on things you have been meaning to do for years.

The 5 Second Rule was discovered by Mel Robbins when her life was spiraling downwards.

Through a series of unfortunate events Mel wasn’t working. Her husband owned a pizza restaurant and while it had won awards and looked successful on the outside, he was working exceptional long hours just to keep it afloat. They were struggling for money and had to accept a loan from her dad to pay their mortgage.
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How to Design Your ADHD Friendly Summer

Do you plan your summer? Or does it just unfold? In her Happier podcast, Gretch Rubin talks about designing your summer. She believes in making the summer months distinct so that they stand out from rest of the year. When you embrace the summer months and take advantage of what they offer, you create memories to carry with you when the weather turns cold and grey.

Gretchen makes a great point that summer doesn’t have to be about going into relaxation mode. It is really about creating a change from your regular day to day life to make sure summer is special.

This is good news for someone living with ADHD as the idea of unstructured ‘relaxing’ time can feel like a form of torture (this is why weekends can leave you feeling blah).
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Inattentive ADHD

Inattentive ADHD can often get overlooked. After all, it’s much easier to spot someone who is physically on the move and restless (hyperactive-impulsive) than to spot the person quietly reading and daydreaming.

Predominantly inattentive ADHD used to be known as ADD. While the official name has changed, the symptoms are the same!

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) identifies nine symptoms of inattentive ADHD. You can learn how they are used in the diagnostic process here.

In addition to the nine official symptoms, there are unofficial or soft symptoms of inattentive ADHD. Knowing all the subtle ways ADHD may appear in your life can give a huge sense of relief and help you know why you are the way you are. [Read more…]

Does ADHD Ever Go Away?

CarADHD is a life-long condition. That might seem like bad news if you are struggling right now.

However! take heart, because there are people who are treating and managing their ADHD so well, they think it must have disappeared.

In fact, I regularly get emails from confused blog readers asking if ADHD ever goes away.

Each of these emails has a detailed explanation of what their ADHD and life used to be like and what it’s like now. The common theme is these people created a life that works to their advantage.

For some people this happened by a happy accident, while others worked hard to design their life to suit them.

Here are some tips so that you can do this too! [Read more…]

Best ADHD Blogs of 2018 Award!

Good news!!!!  Untapped Brilliance has been named one of the best ADHD blogs on the internet for the fourth year in a row!!! It’s such an honor.

The winning blogs were selected because they are all actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with high-quality information.

The email I received from to tell me the exciting news said

“We feel Untapped Brilliance specifically earned this accolade by using your experience to build a wonderful resource for adults living with ADHD.”

Thanks to you all for reading, leaving blog comments and your emails this past year… it wouldn’t be the same without you.

Here is the list of winners; they are all awesome resources to check out!

Best ADHD Blogs of 2018