ADHD and Morning Anger

Woman drying her hairDo you wake up in the morning feeling angry at the world? Does everything, from your alarm clock to the smell of your toothpaste make you mad? It might be a standing joke, that you are ‘like a bear with a sore head’ in the morning. There is a serious side too, morning anger can cause many problems including  couples breaking up because of it. [Read more…]

ADHD and De-Cluttering by Numbers

Clutter is when items take over part of your home, workplace or car.

Although clutter looks messy, it isn’t always junk or rubbish. The objects creating clutter might be useful, valuable or have sentimental meaning. Yet if they aren’t in the right place, they become clutter.

Clutter is often created when you have too many belongings for your space, or you don’t put items away in their designated home.

For example, if the contents of your gym bag have been sprawled out on the dining room table for a month, that’s clutter. If your gym shorts and top are in the laundry basket or folded away in your closet, that isn’t.

Clutter might be visible to everyone (piles of stuff in each room) or it could be hidden away in drawers, a spare room or garage. [Read more…]

The ADHD Productivity Journal

female-865073_640Question. Do you know what almost every ADHDer has in common?

 Answer. A strong desire to get more things done in a day!

Why is this? Here are 6 common reasons

    • You feel that it takes you longer to do tasks than other people. This may or may not be true, but it feels like it is.
    • You had a poor performance review, and your boss is watching you very carefully.
    • You work hard all day, cross lots items off your to do list, and yet it is still as long as ever.

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16 Dos and Don’ts of Using Your Phone When You Have ADHD

phoneWhen it comes to using the phone, most people with ADHD fall into 1 of 2 camps. Which camp are you in?

Camp 1
You love your phone!
It’s your favorite way to communicate with people. You enjoy conversations, and talking is easier than typing an email. Your phone is glued to your side and you feel excited every time it rings.

Camp 2
You hate the phone!
You avoid using it as much as possible. If the phone rings, you might not answer it even if it is a friend. Initiating a call takes a lot of mental strength and sometimes days of pep talks. [Read more…]

An Organized Home and ADHD

Having an organized physical environment helps ADHDers feel calm, organized and improves focus and concentration.

It can be a Catch-22 though, because ADHD symptoms make creating and maintaining an organized environment a challenge (you can learn why that is here).

The biggest sabotager of an organized space is definitely clutter! [Read more…]

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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Do Your Thoughts Stop You Taking Action?

Are you constantly second guessing yourself? Do you question your ability to do a task even though other people know you are capable of it? This happens to so many people with ADHD. It results in procrastination, feelings of resistance and ambiguity, anxiety, guilt and emotional torment. It’s a classic case of getting in your own way.

If this happens to you, the long term goal is to increase your self-esteem. Then, you will believe in yourself and the resistance will disperse. In the meantime, here are 5 things you can do right now to start taking action and meet your deadlines.

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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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