• Well-being

    Healthier Habits Can Help your ADHD

    Most of us know by now that eating potato chips and sitting on the couch all day is good for us. We know that exercise and eating the right food is good for us. It may or may be always be possible, depending on the situation, but it is still pretty common knowledge. What isn’t as widely known is some of the added bonuses that exercise and the proper foods can do for kids and adults with ADHD. Sure, we’re all aware that there are medication to help individuals with ADHD, but it’s not the only thing that can help us. And this is where the right foods, supplements and…

  • 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,  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…

  • 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…

  • Self care

    Let go of self-doubt

    Growing up with ADHD does have quite a few challenges to say the least. Having ADHD can lead to some negative experiences in life. We struggles in so many areas of our lives. At school, at work, at home, in social situations. All this does affect our self esteem and we do doubt ourselves and our abilities to achieve things. And not necessarily in a good way. However, as challenging as life can be with ADHD, we are capable of so much. Yes, having ADHD means that things are going to be a little harder, but we can still achieve things in life. We are worth it. We are valuable.…

  • Self care

    Letting go of ‘should’

    For a long time, I had a voice telling me that I should be doing this or that. Telling me that I should be cleaning. Or spend less time on my phone. Or spend more time with my kids. I’m sure I’m not the only person who experiences this. The endless cycle of ‘shoulding’. When we start shoulding ourselves, it has more to do with what we think is expected of us rather than we really want. Or even how we truly feel. We feel like we should be better. It’s all about something we learn and have internalized. These thoughts make us feel worse. It really sucks. I never…

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    Self care

    Doing some meditation

    Meditation has been around for quite some time. I’m sure we’ve all heard of it, to say the least. Some of you reading this may even practice meditation. There are definitely quite a few benefits to meditation. I’m sure you can think of a few ways it can be beneficial. For those of us with ADHD, the thought of sitting still, turning off our thoughts, and meditating might be scary and feel impossible. Trust me, I used to think this. I honestly didn’t think that I could meditate. I knew the benefits, but didn’t think that I’d be good at it, like many others with ADHD. However, whatever we may…

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    Emotional Health

    More emotional self-awareness

    Emotions are things that we all experience as humans. It’s part of life. We may not always like having them or dealing with them, but they’re still there and one way or another should be faced. No matter who you have, whether you have ADHD or not, a learning disability or not, you’re going to feel something at some point during the day. Just like everyone else on the planet. As someone with ADHD, I know it’s difficult to handle emotions, especially considering that we feel our emotions really strongly and there are times we can’t always control our emotions, such as our anger. Impulse control is a struggle. I…

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    ADHD/ADD,  Emotional Health

    Emotional Dysregulation

    Individuals with ADHD tend to feel emotions more intensely than those who don’t have ADHD. It also seems that not only do we feel more deeply, but we also struggle with regulating our emotions. Many with ADHD, both kids, teens and adults, often have difficulty controlling their anger, frustration, and other emotions. We feel both positive and negative emotions very intensely and sometimes we can’t control our outbursts of emotions. This emotional (dys)regulation is often overlooked. Perhaps because we focus more on the more common/well-known symptoms of ADHD, like poor memory, hyperactivity, and distractibility. Several researches are starting to show the connection between ADHD and emotional regulation. It seems to…

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    Self care

    Time for Myself

    As I mentioned in my post last week, I took some time away from certain things, such as this blog, for a few days. Life got busy, it took a lot out of me, and I need to take some time for myself. Realizing that I needed to rest, slow down a little for both myself and my family. However, there was a time when I couldn’t admit that I needed to rest, or take time for myself, or do anything for myself. Whether to myself or others, it wasn’t something that I could do. I felt that I would be a bit selfish, if I did. I couldn’t bring…