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doug puryear replied to tired-wife's discussion BORED out of his mind
"tired – it's a tough situation for you and for him. I do have some vague and random thoughts: try to help him organize the new material into smaller chunks so that it's not so overwhelming. Try to find some way to make the not…"
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How to function with ADD ADHD

Coping and functioningIsn't that what we try to do? So if we have ADD ADHD we try to cope with it. We can't cure it, but we can treat the symptoms, and we can use strategies to cope. And our life can be better.Is there a treatment?This is controversial.  The medications-Ritalin, Adderall, Strattera, Vyvanse, etc. – help the symptoms for most of us. They make us more able to utilize the strategies to cope and therefore to improve our functioning.Making things betterImproving our sleep, our diet,…See More
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Blog Posts - A.D.D. Your Voice

How to function with ADD ADHD

Coping and functioning

Isn't that what we try to do? So if we have ADD ADHD we try to cope with it. We can't cure it, but we can treat the symptoms, and we can use strategies to cope. And our life can be better.

Is there a treatment?

This is controversial.  The medications-Ritalin, Adderall,…

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Posted by doug puryear on September 13, 2014 at 4:42pm

A Kindness Awakening

Hi, all--

Welcome to my first time at the blog rodeo - let's ride! Or, put another way, I'm out of hidin', time to go writin'! Very recently, I've been experiencing what I'm calling a kindness awakening. This is all about me realizing at a profound level the truth that kindness (starting with myself) is essential to a meaningful life, and that, conversely, the absence of kindness (inside and outside) makes life feel like it's hardly worth living. This is something I agreed with as a…

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Posted by Eric B on September 12, 2014 at 2:38pm

dust

I've discovered dust is a real thing, an actual part of human experience.



Oh, sure, I've known about it in theory, I've breen able to detect it if I felt the need to look lie I'm doing something useful. I remember b being at a partly excavated pyramid as a kid and asking Mom how it got buried in the first place. Her answer was something about nobody dusting for a thousand years.



But since I started treating my [oh cut the crap - taking meds] I've started seeing surfaces… Continue

Posted by Mike Ragnarok on September 12, 2014 at 8:51am

How can you tell if they really know about ADD ADHD?

Finding a knowledgeable professional - a followup

Hard to do.  Lots of misinformed people, including professionals.  Other things can mimic ADD ADHD. Assume most ADD ADHD certified coaches know what they're doing.

Good suggestions:

From mike: look them up on the net.  Are they reviewed?  Have they published? Does someone else refer to them in a book or other place?

Check…

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Posted by doug puryear on September 10, 2014 at 1:45pm

ADD, ADHD, and hypersensitivity

Is it me or is it my ADD ADHD?

I'm hypersensitive to some noises – the dishwasher bothers me, the washing machine drives me up the wall, nose blowing is very unpleasant. I hate jarring – getting my chair bumped in the restaurant, a pillow dropped on the bed. Shock waves in the air feel like they're killing my brain cells, and I have few to spare - snapping the wrinkles out of a pillowcase or a towel. I…

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Posted by doug puryear on September 6, 2014 at 1:01pm

Do they know what they're talking about?

Find someone who knows

I keep telling people to make sure that the professional they go to really knows about ADD ADHD.  Unfortunately, many don't, and unfortunately, many don't know that they don't know.

So Rachel asked me, how do you tell?

my answer…

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Posted by doug puryear on September 4, 2014 at 4:06pm — 3 Comments

ADD or ADHD - label or diagnosis?

We all have our attitudes

Sometimes people have attitudes that seems strange to me, like about medications or diagnoses. But everybody is different, and we all see such things from our own viewpoints and experiences.

The best comment I've read on labeling is, "Would you rather your son be labeled ADHD or as the kid that nobody wants to play with?"

We're all sensitive

Now there's a controversy about the term ADDer.  I'm personally…

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Posted by doug puryear on September 1, 2014 at 4:26pm

We need a good evaluation

Get the right diagnosis

Diagnosis of ADD ADHD isn't just based on one symptom. We need a full, careful, and thorough evaluation. That includes:

1. a good history

2. reviewing available documents like report cards etc.

3. ideally, talking with other observers like a mother or spouse

4. ideally, a pencil and paper or computer test

Mimics of ADD ADHD

Rule out other things that can mimic ADD ADHD -thyroid disease,…

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Posted by doug puryear on August 30, 2014 at 11:18am

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