• ADHD/ADD

    Different way of learning

    It can be easy to see ADHD or any learning disability as just that. As a disability. As something that can make it a challenge to learn, or do things, or read, or whatever else related to it. As something that is bad, or negative, or something that isn’t good. And yes, to some extent, it does make things challenging. Some days, ADHD can make things more difficult and challenging than others. There are times when it seems and feels like ADHD isn’t the best thing. And I’m sure it may be similar with those with learning disabilities. However, I don’t see it as merely a disability. Or a negative…

  • ADHD/ADD

    Too many distractions

    Anyone can get distracted sometimes. Many would say that this is normal, and that most, if not everyone, can get distracted by one thing or another. I’m sure we can agree on this. However, if you’re someone with ADHD, it’s a whole different ball game. When you have ADHD, getting distracted happens all the time, everyday. No matter where you are, what you’re doing, there is a good chance you might get distracted by one thing or another. You could be having an interesting conversation with someone, when a branch moving outside may grab our attention and distract us from the conversation. We could be at the office, focused on…

  • ADHD/ADD

    More than just …

    When people think of ADHD, I’m sure many may think of hyperactivity, or impulsivity, or inattention, or maybe a little bit of each. This does make sense as these are some of the key descriptors of ADHD. These are the most obvious ones. However, there is more to ADHD than just being impulsive, or hyperactive, or inattentive. There is quite a bit more. There is so much more to it that many people don’t see, as most of it happens within the individual who has ADHD. For the most part, to say the least. ADHD affects how we may handle our emotions, how we handle situations, how we’re able to…

  • ADHD/ADD

    I am more than just someone with ADHD

    Growing up, my ADHD wasn’t much discussed. I remember having very few discussions with my parents about it. Even now, I don’t talk much about it other than occasionally with my husband and through this blog. I am 32, was diagnosed 20 years ago, and I’ve never addressed it much. Never really asked my parents questions about it, or anything like that. My way of dealing with it for the most part has just been avoiding it. And I know it’s not the healthiest way of dealing with it, or accepting it. I didn’t want to be labeled as someone with ADHD, and I just wanted to be like everyone…

  • ADHD/ADD

    ADHD and dopamine

    Although science was never a subject I was really good at, dopamine and ADHD is something that I haven’t addressed before now and is something that I should discuss. So, here am I, ready to learn about it and share the information as best as I can. Dopamine is an important of the brain and does act as a neurotransmitter. Dopamine is the part of the brain that controls the emotional responses and has us take action with specific rewards. Another neurotransmitter called norepinephrine is found to be low with people with ADHD and this neurotransmitter goes hand in hand with dopamine. Without these two neurotransmitters, certain parts of the…

  • ADHD/ADD

    Things I wish I was told when I was first diagnosed

    I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 12. My parents told me that I fell under the inattentive type. This meant that I had trouble focusing and remembering things. I’m sure they also explained that there was also the hyperactive type. I imagine they did, as the conversation was so long ago and I don’t quite remember all of it. But I was aware of both these types of ADHD. For the longest time, that’s what I associated my ADHD with. I associated with difficulty focusing and remembering things. However, while doing research of my own, mostly for this blog, I have discovered that it’s a lot more than…

  • ADHD/ADD,  Time management

    Getting into the routine

    Like many kids in the area, my girls went back to school last Friday. So, for the last week, we’ve gotten used to the whole school/daycare routine, which involves making lunches, getting them dressed, make them breakfast, and bring my girls to the bus stop and my son to daycare. Having a routine can be beneficial for a lot of people. However, it can be extra helpful for kids and adults with ADHD. I’ll be honest, it can be really nice to have a routine set up. The reason why it can be so beneficial to have a routine, when you have ADHD, is because it helps the individual with…

  • ADHD/ADD

    ADHD stereotypes and misconceptions

    When it comes to ADHD and people who have it, I feel that there are quite a few stereotypes and misconceptions. Things that do negatively affect those of us who do have it. There are just so many things that people think they know about ADHD, which are just inaccurate. People may say that people with ADHD are lazy, that ADHD isn’t real, that we’re all a little ADHD sometimes, or that we just need to try harder. Believe or not, all of these are not true. People with ADHD aren’t lazy, ADHD is absolutely real, we are not all a little ADHD sometimes, and those of us with ADHD…

  • ADHD/ADD

    No, we are not all a little ADHD sometimes

    I’m sure many of us with ADHD have heard this. I have on a couple of occasions. But the truth is, no we’re not all a little ADHD sometimes. Yes, everyone will forget something from time to time, or lose an important piece of paper. But the truth of the matter is, for those of us with ADHD, this happens every day. We struggle to remember things. We struggle to stay organized. We struggle to focus on tasks at work and at home. We’re lucky if we even manage to complete a task. Completing it on time is even more of a challenge. This is our daily life. It’s everyday.…

  • ADHD/ADD

    ADHD is not an excuse

    Many with ADHD/ADD have probably heard this one. Or maybe you’ve heard this one: “We’re all a little ADHD sometimes.” Perhaps you’ve heard something else that is similar. Truth is, we know it’s not excuse and we’re not trying to use it as such. And also, no, we’re not all a little ADHD sometimes. You may have a forgetful moment once in while, which may be like having ADHD. However, individuals with ADHD, like myself, have ADHD all the time. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. It does not go away. Many have to live with it. When we talk about our ADHD, we are not trying to…