You will hear a lot about ways to cure or solve or reduce ADHD using different methods. Methods that have been tested and shown to have almost no impact. As well, you will doubtless hear studies about what causes or cures ADHD, or eliminates ADD symptoms. But there is a danger in assuming one thing leads to another. Sometimes studies and research can be skewed or misinterpreted. Here’s one way.
After you are first diagnosed and suddenly have an explanation for why life is such a struggle, you may be eager to share your good news. But beware, disclosing your ADHD can trigger unexpected hostility or dismissive score, and lead to costly repercussions.
It’s been said that many ADHD adults are kind-hearted, generous, eager to please, and fiercely loyal when they are appreciated, understood, and acknowledged. The challenge for their partners and colleagues comes in trying to understand, “What were you thinking?”
It may seem like the ADHD person is thoughtless. The opposite is true. They are actually so overwhelmed by thought, with so much going on in their heads, that they fail to notice what’s going on around them. They unwittingly leave a trail of destruction or chaos in their wake. And never notice.
It’s not selfishness. You might call it being self-absorbed. But that would suggest there’s some element of choice.
When you’re always doing, always going, always thinking… taking the time to pause and look around simply isn’t on the ADDers radar.
By Rick Green
Made your New Year’s Resolutions yet?
Forgotten them already?
Now you can create some new ones. I don’t know about you, but I’m like a lot of adults with ADHD—I love ‘new.’ Plus I have a problem sticking to long term goals.
Dr. Declan Quinn shares a story of the difference that ADHD can make in a family situation. For those who wonder how an issue with Executive Function can destroy a parent’s relationship with a child they love… this is for you. ADHD sabotages you in ways that you cannot see. And if you don’t appreciate what’s going on, and see what it’s costing you, you have zero chance to overcome it. Thanks to Delcan for sharing.
Lenard Adler, the author of Scattered Minds, and one of the creators of the World Health Organization’s ADHD screening test, the Adult Self-Reporting Scale (A.S.R.S.) talks about ADHD medications for adults. Dr. Adler lays out the options that are available, the role medication can play in a holistic treatment plan, and the benefits that come when one finally finds the right dose of the right medication.
Does diet cause ADHD? Is the problem too much sugar? Is ADD simply a food allergy? Or a reaction to food additives? Dr. John Ratey, author of, ‘Spark, ‘Drive to Distraction’, ‘Delivered From Distraction’, and other classic tomes about ADHD talks about the confusion, and the possible impact of diet that ongoing research is currently exploring. This topic is a hot button issue. And will remain so until further research clarifies what’s going on.