ADHD/ADD

  • ADHD/ADD,  Executive functions

    Why Is It So Hard?

    As I mentioned in my last post, goal setting can be a real challenge for those with ADHD. As much as it may be something that we want to do and see through, this is not something that is easy or comes naturally for us. It can be a real challenge. In this first of three posts about goal setting, I want to discuss why ADHDers may struggle with this. There are definitely reasons behind it. This is a good place to start, when discussing goal setting for those ADHD. If we understand why we fail and have a hard time with this, it can help make the rest a…

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    New Year, Goals, Resolution, ADHD

    Well, the holidays are over and we find ourselves in a new year. Around this time, many people will make resolutions and set goals for themselves for the new year. For many, setting these goals/resolutions and knowing what to do and how to get there isn’t too difficult, for the most part. Some goals are easier to achieve than others, depending on various factors. Either way, many may know exactly what goal(s) they are setting and can plan how they’ll achieve the goal(s). However, when you have ADHD, it’s not so simple or as easy as all that. It can feel like an obstacle course. We may be able to…

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    It’s That Time of Year Again

    We are officially in the last month of the year. It’s now December 2021. Not only does it mean that 2022 is soon here, but for many it means that the holidays are just around the corner. Here, in Canada, where I live, some celebrate Christmas. Others celebrate Hanukkah. There’s a lot of festivities that go on around this time of year. Family gatherings, work-related gatherings, and possibly other types of festivities and gatherings. Not to mention buying presents, sending cards, decorations, just to name a few. This can be a stressful time for anyone, as there’s extra things to consider. However, for those of us with ADHD, just day-to-day…

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    Money, money, money

    For ADHDers. managing our finance can be a real challenge. It is something that most of us struggle with. We may forget to pay a bill, or buy things impulsively, or difficulty saving, just to give you some examples. Adults with ADHD also tend to earn less than their neurotypical counterparts. Many have difficulty with employment. Let’s face it, managing our finances is very tedious and uninteresting. When this is the case, those of us with ADHD tend to avoid it. Due to how our brain is wired, we struggle with executive functions. Since managing our finances does require some organization, this makes it difficult to manage our finances. So,…

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    Misconceptions/Myths

    Myth: ADHD is an excuse for laziness

    It can somewhat easy to see why some people would think that ADHD is just an excuse for being lazy. That there is a lack of willpower. There are quite a few tasks that kids and adults with ADHD really struggle with, such as planning, organization, paying attention, or managing emotions, just to name a few. It can be easy to see why some may think this is the case, especially when we have an easy time focusing on things we’re interested in and struggle to do the same when it comes to our job, schoolwork, or housework. Fact is: it’s quite the opposite. ADHD is not an excuse for…

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    Focus What You Do Well

    For those of us with ADHD, it can be so easy to focus on our struggles, or on the things we can’t do well and should be able to do. It’s what so many people tend to focus on, whether it’s us or those around us. We are aware of our struggles. We will often hear people talk about it and have to hear their criticisms. It is a challenge for ADHDers. Especially when we know our struggles and still expect ourselves to do the same as others, who don’t necessarily have ADHD. We may try to hold ourselves to neurotypical standards, because often times, that’s what we’re expected to…

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    Asking for Help

    Many of us may remember our parents telling us that it’s okay to ask for help. That there’s nothing wrong with needing help and asking for it. My parents were always there to help when I needed it and knew I could ask for help if I needed it. However, when you have ADHD, this is a little different. Those of us with ADHD may have a harder time asking for help. We may try to manage on our own. We sometimes aren’t sure where to even look or where to start. It can be difficult to admit we need help. Especially if it’s something that we feel we should…

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    For those with a late diagnosis

    There are some with ADHD that are able to get an early diagnosis. Some get it in their childhood. I was one of them. I was 12 when I got my diagnosis. I was able to get early on in my life. However, it’s not the case for everyone with ADHD. Some only get their official diagnosis as adults, in their 30’s, 40’s, or 50’s. Over the last few years, it’s something that I’ve learned. When it comes to getting our diagnosis (much like a lot of other things), we are all different and we get it at different stages in our lives for various reasons. I didn’t realize this…

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    ADHD Awareness Month 2021

    Today is the first day of October. This may mean different things for different people. For some, it means the start of ADHD awareness month. A month dedicated to sharing information about ADHD, to educate, and sharing science-based information. Granted for anyone with ADHD, like myself, we do have to live with it everyday, not just in October. However, I am grateful that this is taking place and has been for a number of years. I am happy that people are taking the time to share information about ADHD and some are taking time to learn. So this is definitely a good time to share and learn. Whether we know…

  • ADHD/ADD,  Comorbid,  Mental Health

    ADHD and Depression

    ADHDers often struggle with another condition on top of their ADHD. I have looked at ADHD and anxiety in a previous post. However these aren’t the only two co-existing conditions that ADHDers struggle with. ADHDers may also struggle with depression. Depression is more than just having the occasional blues or bouts of sadness. Depression is a feeling of sadness, loneliness, emptiness and despair that lasts for more that two weeks. People with depression lose interest in activities they used to enjoy. It affects your ability to do things at home, at work, and other aspects of your day-to-day life. Considering all the struggles that ADHD can bring, it is no…