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The Hardest Habit To Build? Building Habits

By Rick Green,

I’ve mentioned recently that at my lowest moments, despairing, I thought, “I wish I’d never been diagnosed.”

That’s not true, of course. Having an explanation for some of my challenges, an explanation that I can work with, has been hugely helpful.

My despair wasn’t about being diagnosed. It was that, “I tried to make changes. I tried to follow an organizing system. And I failed. Again. For a while I had hope that things were transforming! But obviously it didn’t last. And once again I’ve failed.”

I didn’t try hard enough to break my old habits… Which I also know is not true.

In fact, you cannot break old habits. You can’t just tough-it-out. You can’t just try harder.

August 20, 2016 | 4:34 pm Jimi

I Believe in ADHD!

Anonymous Guest Blog

Dear Rick, your recent blog about the experience of people dismissing ADHD really struck a chord with me. I am living this experience, it seems, constantly at the moment.

I have ADHD. I am also a doctoral researcher…

August 11, 2016 | 11:00 am Rick Green

I’m Glad I Know. Not Glad I Have It.

By Rick Green

A few months ago I blogged about those dark moments, when things would overwhelm me, and I wished I’d never been diagnosed. “It would have been better to just carry on like I was.”

That despair engulfed me when my best efforts, latest strategy, or brilliant new tool, would fail. One step forward, 37 steps back. (Warning: Steps may be exaggerated for dramatic effect.)…

August 3, 2016 | 11:00 am Rick Green

They Don’t Believe In ADHD

By Rick Green

After a recent talk a woman from the audience shared her frustration with friends and family members who question her diagnosis. A loved one had announced, “ADHD is made up by drug companies. The way Greeting Card companies created Mother’s Day.”

I wish someone would give me a card and chocolates for my ADHD…

And by the way, Mother’s Day was started by a woman from West Virginia to honor her mother, a peace activist who…

July 28, 2016 | 9:25 am Rick Green

Medication Myths With Bob on Line 2

By Rick Green

A while ago we had a contest on Facebook for the ‘Dumbest Thing Anyone Has Ever Said to You About ADHD.’

Wow, it was tough to pick a winner.

Some I’d heard before, and I suppose we’ve all heard those ones… “I don’t believe in ADHD”…

July 21, 2016 | 9:25 am Rick Green
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