Scaffolding typically refers to those temporary wooden and steel structures outside of buildings while they are under construction or undergoing repairs or upkeep, such as getting a fresh paint job. These mini-towers give workers firm footing while they are doing their jobs, and are removed when the project is done. Scaffolding is a term also used when discussing the management of ADHD
In our new book, A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD (New Harbinger, July, 2019) my co-author Michelle Frank,Psy.D and I set out to change the conversation among women. We also wanted to address helping professionals across domains about how to approach the complexities of women and men with executive function challenges.
Emotions get a bad rap. Emotions are associated with weakness, vulnerability and sensitivity; all of the traits we’re told are unsavory, yet the traits that make us most human. What kind of nonsense is that? It makes me crazy when I hear that people consider stuffing their emotions as a sign of strength. I’m sorry…huh? I call that sticking your head in the sand. Have you ever seen what that looks like from behind? Not exactly like a mighty warrior. Unless you ate dairy earlier. In that case, you have a genuine weapon… my sense of smell is supernatural and I have what my dentist calls a “terrific gag reflex”. Let’s just say the combination is lethal when simultaneously triggered….
In my twenties, I used to get “upset about being upset” regularly. My attention issues would get in the way of my intentions and instead of facing them head-on, I would send myself into a state of frustration fueled by feelings of guilt.
The web, and our Forums, are full of speculation about ADHD/ADD being caused by diet, bacteria, family stress, lack of a vitamin, or severe lack of good old-fashioned spankings.
(Cue old man muttering, ‘In my day we didn’t have all these fancy…’)
The problem with these theories…