• ADHD/ADD,  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…

  • Executive functions

    Executive Function: Planning

    A while back, I wrote a post briefly explaining what executive functions are. I didn’t go into a lot of detail, as there are quite a few aspects involved. Ultimately, executive functions helps you get things done and organized throughout the day. One executive functions is planning. The ability of being able to look ahead and know what needs to be done in order to get things done. Whether it be a birthday party, or maybe a date night with your spouse/partner, or maybe even a project at work. For many, it isn’t too much of a problem to know what needs to be done in order to plan for…

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    ADHD/ADD

    ADHD and Anxiety

    Life can be quite stressful and challenging when you have ADHD. It is no wonder that about 50 percent of people with ADHD also have anxiety disorder. Individuals with ADHD are more likely to have an anxiety disorder than their neurotypical counterparts. Having an anxiety disorder is more than just feeling a little anxious from time to time. Most of us may get a little anxious from time to time. Anxiety disorders is a recurring and persistent fear or worry, and those affected struggle to take part in daily activities and life. When you have an anxiety disorder, it does affect your relationships, work, and many aspects of you life.…

  • Executive functions

    Executive functions

    Executive functions play an important part in our lives. They are the ones in charge. Executive functions are the mental processes that help us plan ahead, organize, get things started, self control, focus on the task we’re currently doing, prioritizing, just to name a few things. If you know about ADHD, you may realize that these are things that individuals with ADHD struggle with on a daily basis, all day. Due to how our brain is wired and functions, executive functions are major struggles for those with ADHD. A lot more so compared to our neurotypical counterparts. I do feel that we should be realistic with our standards of ourselves…

  • Emotional Health

    Emotional Withdrawal as a Coping Mechanism

    It can be difficult to explain the struggles of being a woman/girl with ADHD. We struggle with organization, forgetfulness, staying on task, picking up on social cues, just to name a few. It’s not always easy for girls to feel as though they fit in with their peers. It can also be a challenge as girls become women with ADHD. So, in order to protect ourselves from rejection, bullying, or any other negative situation, we try to find ways to cope. One way is emotional withdrawal. We do this by bottling up our emotions, or pretending we don’t care, for instance. Girls with ADHD may learn this coping mechanism at…

  • Growth/Personal Development,  Ressources

    Blogs and Websites about ADHD

    In my last post, I wrote about some podcasts about ADHD that I enjoy listening to. Now, I want to share some of the blogs and websites that I like. As someone who enjoys reading, I can’t help but want to read blogs and websites. So without further ado, here are some blogs and websites about ADHD that I enjoy and find useful. Additude Magazine Additude Magazine is dedicated to ADHD. There are a variety of articles discussing how ADHD can affect our day to day lives. There are articles directed towards those who have ADHD and parents who have kids with ADHD. The website also has articles written by…

  • Growth/Personal Development,  Ressources

    Podcasts about ADHD

    In the last year or two, I’ve really gotten into listening to podcasts. I listen to podcasts when I go for a walk with my dog, or when I’m doing some cleaning, just to name two. Some of the podcasts I listen to and enjoy are about ADHD. So here are some that I listen to and absolutely love! #1: Motherhood in ADHD. Patricia Sung is a mother of 2 and has ADHD. She shares tips and information for moms with ADHD and struggle with day-to-day tasks. She shares some of her experience as a mom and woman with a neuro-developmental disorder. I really enjoy this podcast. As a mom…

  • ADHD/ADD

    ADHD and Perfectionism

    Many may not think of or associate perfectionism with ADHD. However, many people with ADHD are perfectionists. With all the things that we’ve been told we do wrong or missed or didn’t do well enough, it can be easy for those with ADHD to want to do things perfectly. However, perfectionism can backfire, especially when trying to achieve perfectionism with things that don’t require it. We may miss a deadline, or not do something we would do. Other things in our lives may be neglected. It can be difficult to not strive for perfection, especially since individuals with ADHD don’t want to disappoint others, want to avoid criticism as much…

  • Women/Moms with ADHD

    Women with ADHD and Friendships

    As women, we do enjoy being accepted by others. It is a good feeling to being able to make connections and create friendships. For many making and keeping those friendships may come somewhat naturally. However, social interactions are a struggle for women with ADHD. It’s not as easy as it may seem. Studies show that social behaviours for women with ADHD are more impaired than for women who don’t have ADHD. Social connections and behaviours require a lot of executive function, which is something that those with ADHD struggle with. Women with ADHD struggle with social cues, checking in with others, being able to follow conversations with others, good listening,…

  • Motherhood

    Summer Break

    The end of July is approaching. Only a few more days until it’s an entirely new month. At this point, kids have been on summer break for a good month. Mine have been for a little over a month. For others, it might be a little more or a little less. During the summer, things are a little different. Kids are playing outside more. Adults are enjoying the outdoors as well. Families are going on vacation. Our routines aren’t quite the same as when kids are in school. I’m sure that this can be the case for those without kids as well.