ADHD & Our 23 Strengths

By Rick Green - Founder of TotallyADD

There are a lot of hot button issues around ADHD. Not just around medication, or the cost of getting a proper diagnosis, or the ongoing stigma and dismissal, that ‘ADHD isn’t real.’

In particular there is the contentious claim that, “people with ADHD have real strengths.”

In our book, ADD Stole My Car Keys! we list 155 traits, symptoms, beliefs, and behaviors common to people with ADHD. Of course not everyone has them all. Each of us is blessed with our own personal grab bag of problems. While most adults struggle with restlessness and impulsivity, a substantial minority are dealing only with the ‘Inattentive’ problems: distractions, focus, memory, follow-through, prioritizing, procrastinating, organizing, etc…

My Brain’s ‘Executive Function’ Calls Me Twice A Week

By Rick Green - Founder of TotallyADD

This is going to be one of those stories where I admit to resisting something that turned out to do me a world of good. Dunno if that’s a ‘guy thing’, or an ‘ADHD thing’, or a ‘Rick thing.’

But it’s going to take me a minute or two to get there. Stay with me! (Or skip to the end, then come back and read chunks in a random order until it makes sense. Hey, it’s your ADHD, do what works for you.)

So, as you well know, there is a lot of confusion about ADHD. Some people don’t believe ADHD exists.

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Reality TV Isn't Real But It's Shaping Reality

By Rick Green - Founder of TotallyADD

By Rick Green

Spoiler alert: Reality TV isn’t real. Big surprise!

The CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.) used to have a business show called Venture. I found it fascinating.

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Freedom and Choice: Finding Out You Have ADD

By Rick Green - Founder of TotallyADD

We have all heard the term ‘existentialism’ and perhaps even know the names of some of the most famous ‘existentialists’. Like Jean Paul Sartre. And… Uh, okay, that’s the only one I can think of now. Let me Google it…

All right, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky… I thought Dostoyevsky was a novelist? Or a the goalie for the New York Rangers? Anyway I had heard the term ‘existentialist’ and knew that it had to do with philosophy, the meaning of life and…

The To-Do List That Doesn’t Get Done

By Rick Green - Founder of TotallyADD

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So you decided to climb Mount Everest. (Don’t worry, you didn’t really decide to climb Mount Everest and then somehow forget you made the declaration. This is the beginning of an analogy.)

Finding a Job You Love… That Loves You Back

By Rick Green - Founder of TotallyADD

<![CDATA[By Rick Green, You’ve heard the advice, usually from people who are fabulously successful: “Follow your passion!” If only everyone […]

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No More Agendas – The Epiphany of my ADHD Diagnosis

By Rick Green - Founder of TotallyADD

Until I knew that I qualified as ADHD I struggled. The limits it put on me were invisible. I knew I was screwing up. But not always. I was inconsistent, but not consistently. Even my unreliability was unreliable.
Now, looking back, I’ve had a kind of epiphany and it has to do with structure, habits, organization…

‘Mindful Meditating’? You're joking… Right?!

By Rick Green - Founder of TotallyADD

Empty my head? Let go of thoughts? Be calm and present? In the here and now? Mindful of this moment and every moment? Does he not understand I have ADHD? He should. After all, he is my ADHD specialist. He has been for over a decade…

8 Ways My ADHD is a Gift

By Rick Green - Founder of TotallyADD

Now and then someone will tell me that Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a gift. A big, fat, wonderful, exciting gift.

Rather than a problem, disorder, constant challenge, or, on bad days, a curse.

Why such opposing views?

One reason is that ADHD is very ‘individual.’ Each of us has our own combination of challenges, and to varying degrees. Plus, we have a unique life situation. My ADHD is awesome when I’m doing comedy on stage. It is a big problem when I’m forced to sit quietly, and pay attention during a long meeting.

Add to all of this the fact that there are two main types of ADHD. Some folks…