Housework and ADHD

When you have ADHD, one of the worst tasks imaginable is… housework. It is boring and mundane, 2 things that people with ADHD hate the most.  When you don’t enjoy something there is lots of potential for procrastination and distraction, and a two hour job can drag on all day.

Theoretically housework is not difficult; people without ADHD seem to be able to do it effortlessly, which only makes you feel worse! Now in addition to the piles of dishes and clothes, there is  also guilt and shame too.

ADHD characteristics do make housework hard, but not impossible. Here is a winning ADHD friendly formula that makes housework interesting and even fun. [Read more…]

Should You Tell People You Have ADHD?

When you are first diagnosed with ADHD it is common to feel a cocktail of positive emotions, such as relief, excitement and total happiness. You finally understand why you are the way you are and why ‘simple’ things that other people do effortlessly are difficult for you.

In those heady first days, it is tempting to share this new piece of information with everyone.

Before You Do, Proceed With Caution!

Once you have told someone about your ADHD diagnosis, you can’t ‘untell’ them.

There are still misconceptions and prejudices against ADHD, and not everyone is going to be happy to hear that you have ADHD. [Read more…]

Practicing Assertiveness When You Have ADHD

Early one Sunday morning, I was waiting in line at Montreal’s airport. Despite the early hour, the airport was crowded. The lines at each of the security points were unusually long. People were patiently waiting; however, there was an elderly gentleman who became quite distressed as he realized he was going to miss his flight.

He managed to attract the attention of one of the officials and explain his predicament; however, they just shrugged unhelpfully. Then two younger passengers went to the aid of the older man. They asked each person in the queue ahead of him, ‘Would you mind if he jumps ahead of you to catch his flight?’. Of course no one minded, and the man went quickly through security. [Read more…]

A Simple Tip to Make Your Life Less Complicated

When I was studying psychology, I came across a fascinating study about memory. A group of people who identified themselves as having a good memAHDH Life Hackory were closely studied. After observing them at home and in their workplace, researchers found this group didn’t have a better memory than other people. Instead they had created an environment that supported their memory. For example, if they ran out of milk, they had a visual reminder as a memory prompt so they remembered to buy more milk. [Read more…]

5 Steps to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed

The summer I was 18 years old, me and my friend Claire got a job at the local soap factory. The factory hired students every summer to help them prepare their Christmas orders.  Our job was to stand at the end of a conveyor belt and put trays containing an assortment of soaps into gift boxes, one tray per box.

As part of the interview process we had been given a dexterity test to check that we could move our hands quickly. However, that first day, while our head and hands were getting use to this new task, our hands didn’t seem to be moving fast enough.

I remember feeling really overwhelmed every time I looked  down the conveyor belt.  As far as the eye could see there were  gray trays filled with pretty soaps heading towards us. We had to keep moving fast otherwise there would be a log jam.
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