Top 10 ListThis time of year, there are a lot of ‘best of’ lists wrapping up 2014. I love these lists and I thought we should have one too!

This list is ‘Top Ten Most Popular Articles on Untapped Brilliance in 2014’. In true Letterman style, they are in reverse order!

10) ADHD and Pets

Having pets in your life when you have ADHD is very beneficial not only in reducing unwanted ADHD symptoms, but also for your overall physical health and happiness. Here are 5 reasons why having a pet is helpful when you have ADHD.

This article was first published way back in 2009, which seems so long ago now! I love pets and very happy it’s still so popular.

9) ADHD and Motivation

Dr. Russell Barkley says that ADHD is more about loss of interest and motivation than attention and concentration. This makes sense, as we know ADHDers can pay attention for hours on tasks they love.

8) ADHD and PMS

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is never pleasant, but when you have ADHD, it can strike louder and harder. The reason why PMS is so challenging when you have ADHD is related to dopamine. To learn more, check out the article.

7) 7 Reasons Why ADHDers Seem Self-Centered

Are you often being told ‘the world doesn’t revolve around you!’ It’s not that people with ADHD are more self-centered than the rest of the population, but some of the characteristics of ADHD can give the appearance of being self-centered.

6) How to Wake Up When You Have ADHD

When you have ADHD, waking up before noon can feel like trying to wake up an animal up in the middle of hibernation. Here are 8 suggestions (that work), so you can wake up even when you have ADHD.

5) 8 Reasons Why Adults with ADHD Feel Stupid

I hate the word ‘stupid’, but I put it in the title because that is how many people with ADHD describe themselves. There is a big discrepancy between self-description and fact. Here are 8 common reasons why people with ADHD feel stupid.

4) ADHD and Loneliness

Many adults with ADHD report feeling lonely. Loneliness is a state of mind that makes us feel disconnected from others. Loneliness can make you feel depressed, isolated and more prone to addiction. Here are 7 reasons why ADHDers feel lonely.

3) Can you have ADD and ADHD

I first wrote this back in 2012, and it continues to be a popular post, mainly because the official meaning to the terms ADD and ADHD changed over time and got confusing! To learn if it’s possible to have ADHD and ADD, head here.

2) ADHD Feels Like…

This is the article I am most proud of in 2014, but I didn’t write it! Instead, I asked people to describe what ADHD feels like to them. I thought it would be helpful for non-ADHDers to understand what ADHD is like. However, it’s also been validating for people with ADD to know they aren’t alone and how other people experience ADHD.

Readers have left descriptions of what ADHD feels like to them in the comments section.  I would love it if you added a short description of what ‘ADHD feels like’ to you.

Drum roll please! This is the number 1 most read article on Untapped Brilliance in 2014!

1) PTSD vs. ADHD

PTSD is a condition that frequently co-exists with ADHD. In fact, Dr. Hallowell believes most ADHD adults have a mild form of PTSD because if left unmanaged, ADHD can mean repeated traumas, humiliation, rejection and failures.

ADHD and PTSD can look similar, so check this article out, as it explains the similarities and differences of the 2 conditions.

Thanks for reading the Untapped Brilliance blog, and for emailing and writing your lovely comments! 2014 has been a fabulous year and 2015 is going to be even better.

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