• Mental Health,  Self care

    Being Self-Compassionate

    ADHDers hear a lot of criticism and nagative comments throughout their life. Usually starting as kids. It can be easy to internalize it and we can become our own worse critic and judge. We become very self-critical. It also becomes easy to feel less deserving or worthy than our neurotypical peers, who don’t seem to be struggling nearly as much, in our view. ADHD can also amplify our emotions and our self-doubt, and when it happens, it can be challenging to see the big picture. None of this is good for our mental health. Whether it comes from others or ourselves, there is no benefit to this negativity, criticism, or…

  • ADHD/ADD

    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…

  • ADHD/ADD

    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/ADD

    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,  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…

  • Learning disabilities

    Issue with Math

    Let’s face it, not everyone likes math. It’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. For the most part, a lot of it isn’t too difficult. We can learn it with practice and such. However, it’s not so simple for some. Some individuals have what is called dyscalculia. In other words, a math learning disability. Those who have dyscalculia struggle with learning concepts relating to numbers, perform math calculations, and perform so many basic math skills. This learning disorder is just as common as dyslexia, although perhaps not as well understood. Some individuals who struggle with dyscalculia also struggle with another disorder, such as dyslexia or ADHD. This isn’t always the…

  • 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…

  • Women/Moms with ADHD

    Back to School

    It’s that time of year where kids are back at school and have been for about a week or two. Kids, parents and teachers are getting back into the routine of being back at school. My kids started school about a week and a half ago. Grades 1, 3, and 4. They are happy to be back and are slowly getting used to being back and the routine that goes with being at school. However, as I mentioned, they’re not the only ones getting back into the routine of having kids in school. Much like many other parents, my husband and I are getting back into the routine with our…

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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…