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…]

Can you have ADD and ADHD?

Can you have ADD and ADHD?

 

Great question! The answer is yes…and  no.

Let’s start with,

‘No it’s not possible to have both ADD and ADHD.’

If someone told you,  ‘I have Chickenpox and Chickenpox,’ it would sound strange because they are telling you something twice.

The same is true if you say,  ‘I have ADD and ADHD’ because they are two names for the same condition. [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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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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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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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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Which Professionals Should I Work With When I have ADHD?

Which Professionals Should I work with when I have ADHD?When you have ADHD, it is good to create a professional support team. Each professional has their area of expertise and can help you in your quest to treat and manage your ADHD effectively.

Who you see and when will depend on where you are on your ADHD journey. A person who has been recently diagnosed might see more professionals at a greater frequency than someone who has been actively treating their ADHD for several years.
Also, ADHD is not a stagnant condition, it changes with age and can be affected by what is happening in your life. You might need more support when your life changes (a baby, new job, a relationship) than when your life is more settled. [Read more…]

ADHD and Brains That Work Slower Than Yours

glacier-382486_640I got this great question from a blog reader…

Can you write a post about why people with ADHD become super frustrated because people move and think at glacial speed when we can see the problems and solutions easily?

Many people with ADHD (Inattentive subtype and hyperactive subtype) find their brains work faster than people who dont have ADHD. Your nonlinear way of thinking means you can problem solve, catch on to new ideas and have high speed conversations in a way that nonADHDers just cant.

This can be a blessing and a curse.

If you are having a conversation with someone else like you, it can be an exhilarating experience.  However, because most of the worlds brains don’t work like yours, you can end up feeling restless, impatient and bored. [Read more…]

Happiness, Success and ADHD

ADDers can be very hard on themselves and often feel ‘less than’. Instead of acknowledging what you did today and feeling proud, it is really easy to focus on what you didn’t do instead.

This affects your self-esteem and confidence, lowers your physical energy and makes you sad 🙁

A little while ago a client sent me a video because it reminded her of the work we had been doing together.

It is fascinating! [Read more…]