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Quick! Turn Off the News!

By Rick Green

Now and then, when I’m driving, I turn on the news station, to get the traffic report. One station does traffic updates ‘every ten minutes on the ‘1’s and the other does them ‘on the ‘9’s… as in 09, 19, 29, 39, 49, and 59 minutes into each hour.

I often miss the traffic because I turn on the radio at the last possible moment. Why? Because I no longer listen to the news. Why? Because it upsets me.

Not the news itself. I’ve lived through the 60’s and 70’s. Not to mention the 80’s, and 90’s…

July 14, 2016 | 9:25 am Rick Green

Smile and the World Smiles With You?

By Rick Green

It might just be in my imagination. A lot of things are.

But I’m starting to wonder, is my ADHD seasonal? Do the symptoms abate in the warm, long days of summer? Then grow worse during February’s cold, grey?

Certainly my mood improves at this time of year. A combination of the sun, warmth, being outdoors, and some kind of primal echo from my childhood… “School’s out for summer! Not more recess, no more books! No more teacher’s dirty looks.”

Alice Cooper never snarled truer words…

July 7, 2016 | 9:25 am Rick Green

When My Executive Function is in the Toilet

By Rick Green

This is going to be one of those stories where I admit to avoiding, dodging, deferring, and resisting something that turned out to do me a world of good. Stay with me!

You know there’s a lot of confusion about ADHD. People don’t believe ADHD exists. A lot of ADHD experts don’t like the term. It’s inadequate. Specifically, that it’s not just a Deficit

The idea that we suffer from a Deficit of Attention is a bit like saying someone with a broken arm has a problem with lifting things. Yes, that’s a part of the problem, but there’s a lot more to it than that…

June 30, 2016 | 9:25 am Rick Green

Disclosure: Should I Keep My ADHD a Secret?

By Rick Green,

People with ADHD are different. Not just from the 96% of the population who are ‘neuro-typical’ but from each other. We are indeed a diverse tribe.

Each of us faces a distinct combo of challenges. We each have our individual buffet of symptoms. Explosive Anger is was never an issue. Rumination, on the other hand…

Some traits may be more. Some less of a problem. Or not there at all.

June 23, 2016 | 9:25 am Rick Green

It’s Not Bipolar. I’m Just Excited!

By Rick Green,

Don’t you love when someone explains a complicated idea in a way that makes it instantly clear? That sudden, “Aha! I get it.” It instantly makes sense.

This morning a friend of ours had to escort her mom to see a new therapist. Mom is struggling with anxiety. And she was upset. Our friend was confused, “I would have thought she’d be happy and excited. New hope.” But my wife, Ava, pointed out, “When someone is struggling with anxiety, any kind of change is stressful. Uncertainty feeds the anxiety.”

The friend got it, instantly, “Ah… Of course.”…

June 16, 2016 | 9:25 am Rick Green
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