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A resource and community for those who are living with Adult ADD / ADHD. Scan our past posts for some excellent information and resources! We're not medical doctors, just experienced!

 

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So You Think You Have ADHD: Choosing a Professional

So You Think You Have ADHD: Choosing a Professional | Managing Adult ADD ADHD | Scoop.it
Choosing the right doctor to diagnose and treat your adult ADHD is no easy feat. Here, tips on picking the right professional for you.
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Check Up on the Doc: Five Questions

You don't have to insist on asking the doctor or counselor herself the following questions. Usually the office staff can give you the information you need to make an informed decision. Feel free to print these questions for your personal use.

1. How many clients with adult ADHD have you treated?

2. How long have you been working with adults with ADHD?

3. What is involved in your assessment and treatment process? Written tests/Interviews? Family history? Behavior modification? Medication?

4. What are the costs involved?

5. Have you received any special training in the diagnosis or treatment of adult ADHD?

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Weight-Loss Advice for ADHD Adults: Sticking With a Diet

Weight-Loss Advice for ADHD Adults: Sticking With a Diet | Managing Adult ADD ADHD | Scoop.it
Why losing weight is hard for ADHD adults and how to stick to a diet
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Why Diets Don't Work: Lose Weight the ADHD Way

by Nancy Ratey, Ed.M., and Bob Seay

"Scientific studies demonstrate a link between ADHD and obesity. But that doesn't mean it can't be broken -- these tips will help you break the cycle of seeking stimulation, eating for the wrong reasons, and fighting frustration or low self-esteem."

"People with ADHD are "chemically wired" to seek more dopamine...Eating carbohydrates triggers a rush of dopamine in the brain..."

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Adult ADHD and Relationships: Tips for Developing a Solid Partnership

Adult ADHD and Relationships: Tips for Developing a Solid Partnership | Managing Adult ADD ADHD | Scoop.it
It’s easy to see how the feelings on both sides can contribute to a destructive cycle in the relationship. The non-ADHD partner complains, nags, and becomes increasingly resentful while the ADHD partner, feeling judged and misunderstood, gets defensive and pulls away. In the end, nobody is happy. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
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Some ideas for making it easier to live with ADD/ADHD, or to live with an ADD/ADHD adult.

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Adult ADD: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD Flawed

Adult ADD: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD Flawed | Managing Adult ADD ADHD | Scoop.it
Adults with ADHD often develop coping mechanisms that allow them to move through life undiagnosed. Learn why they stay undiagnosed.
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Louis DiVito's curator insight, December 21, 2014 3:05 PM

Who would have thought that at 64 years old I would be learning about ADHD for me, not a grandchild. 

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ADHD Is Different for Women: MARIA YAGODA Atlantic

ADHD Is Different for Women: MARIA YAGODA Atlantic | Managing Adult ADD ADHD | Scoop.it

"It's difficult for girls to be diagnosed unless they behave like hyperactive boys."


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More insights on how women experience ADD/ADHD.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, October 21, 2014 8:26 AM

Important article! The science of ADHD in the USA, often based on rich white, boys, is completely missing our sisters, and daughters. Instead of properly identifying ADHD, girls are often misdiagnosed with depression or anxiety. In my experience girls in school who struggle with executive skills, time management actually care that they can't keep up with expectations and get sad and anxious!

--Lou

 

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"—it is estimated that there are around 4 million who are not diagnosed, or half to three-quarters of all women with ADHD—and the misunderstandings that have ensued about the disorder as it manifests in females, to the early clinical studies of ADHD in the 1970s. “These studies were based on really hyperactive young white boys who were taken to clinics,” Littman says. “The diagnostic criteria were developed based on those studies. As a result, those criteria over-represent the symptoms you see in young boys, making it difficult for girls to be diagnosed unless they behave like hyperactive boys.”

 
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New Reason to Fear Acetaminophen: ADHD

New Reason to Fear Acetaminophen: ADHD | Managing Adult ADD ADHD | Scoop.it

(NEWSER) – The bad news about acetaminophen just keeps on coming: A new study finds that use of the drug during pregnancy is linked to "ADHD-like behavioral problems" in children, CNN reports. The Danish study looked at data from more than 64,000 children and found that those who had prenatal exposure to acetaminophen had a 13% higher risk of exhibiting ADHD-like behaviors, a 29% higher risk of being prescribed ADHD medication, and a 37% higher risk of receiving a diagnosis of hyperkinetic disorder, a severe form of ADHD, USA Today reports. The risk increased the later in pregnancy the drug was taken and the longer it was taken.

Women who used acetaminophen for 20 weeks or longer had a 50% higher chance of their children being prescribed ADHD medication. But the authors did not find a cause-and-effect relationship, and they note that "exhibiting ADHD-like behaviors" is not the same as actually having ADHD. Right now, doctors consider acetaminophen the "safest" pain reliever for pregnant women, NBC Newsreports; the study author says pregnant women "shouldn't worry at this point." What could account for the link? The authors think acetaminophen may interfere with key maternal hormones that impact fetal brain development. Another recent study also found that frequent acetaminophen use during pregnancy was linked with a 70% higher risk of behavioral problems in children.


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Interesting. Haven't heard this before.

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Career Advice for ADHD Adults | ADDitude - Attention Deficit Information and Resources

Career Advice for ADHD Adults | ADDitude - Attention Deficit Information and Resources | Managing Adult ADD ADHD | Scoop.it
ADHD career advice for adults with attention deficit - job information and support to help you succeed at work
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Adults with ADD/ADHD can be successful--even very successful--when their work aligns well with their interests and strengths.

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Intuniv For ADHD: Dosing Details - CorePsych

Intuniv For ADHD: Dosing Details  - CorePsych | Managing Adult ADD ADHD | Scoop.it
Intuniv For ADHD Is Guanfacine, But Better and Easier
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From the article: "Intuniv is not a stimulant – refills on prescriptions will not be so problematic. This ADHD medication is not a Ritalin or Amphetamine concern!"

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Generic Concerta Drug For ADHD Not Measuring Up For FDA - The Inquisitr

Generic Concerta Drug For ADHD Not Measuring Up For FDA - The Inquisitr | Managing Adult ADD ADHD | Scoop.it
A generic ADHD drug has been deemed unequal to Johnson & Johnson’s ADHD drug, Concerta, after the FDA tested it for therapeutic equivalency. Mallinckrodt, the
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Some of us found the generic was not as effective early on. It was hard to get anyone to listen to us. They insisted the two were equivalent, but we knew they were not. Now we are vindicated!

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Think ADHD is a hurdle? Here are 9 high achievers who made it big despite the ... - WCPO

Think ADHD is a hurdle? Here are 9 high achievers who made it big despite the ... - WCPO | Managing Adult ADD ADHD | Scoop.it
As in the case of Pete Rose and others, a diagnosis of ADHD need not mean children have insurmountable hurdles between them and success.
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Here are 9 people who battled ADHD:

1. Pete Rose, former pro baseball player

2. Britney Spears, musician

3. Will Smith, musician and actor

4. Justin Timberlake, musician 

5. Richard Branson, business magnate  

6. Terry Bradshaw, former pro football player

7. Will.I.Am, musician

8. Mariette Hartley, actress 

9. Michelle Rodriguez, Actress

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» ADHD Experts Reveal Their Favorite Ways to Manage Procrastination - World of Psychology

» ADHD Experts Reveal Their Favorite Ways to Manage Procrastination - World of Psychology | Managing Adult ADD ADHD | Scoop.it

For people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), procrastination tends to be a stubborn problem. “I don’t know anyone with ADHD where procrastination is not an issue,” said Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

That’s because this is the nature of ADHD and its neurological underpinnings. It’s difficult for the brain of someone with ADHD to get stimulated unless the activity is interesting, there are major consequences or there is a sense of urgency, he said.

“For people with ADHD, there are two time zones: Now and Not Now. If it is not happening now, the ADD-er will tend to procrastinate until it gets closer to the ‘Now’ zone.”

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ADHD tIps to put your procrastination off until tomorrow...

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A Procrastinator's Story: Adult ADD, Life-long Habits & Irrational Thinking

A Procrastinator's Story: Adult ADD, Life-long Habits & Irrational Thinking | Managing Adult ADD ADHD | Scoop.it
A "Don't Delay" reader shares his story about procrastination
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A personal story about overcoming procrastination.

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What’s it Like to Have ADHD?

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Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. , Posted: 06/27/2012 Child and adult psychiatrist, bestselling author What's it Like to Have ADHD? Huffington Post: 06/27/2012 11:40 am What is it like to have ADHD? What is the feel of the syndrome? Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. First of all, I resent the term. As far as I'm concerned, most people have Attention Surplus Disorder. I mean, life being what it is, who can pay attention to anything for very long? Is it really a sign of mental health to be
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Another view from the inside. Dr. Hallowell is a Psychiatrist with ADD/ADHD.

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The Truth About Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (and ADD/ADHD)

The Truth About Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (and ADD/ADHD) | Managing Adult ADD ADHD | Scoop.it
OCD is difficult to understand and manage — but gaining control is possible! Here's what you need to know about obsessive compulsive disorder.

 

At first glance, ADHD and OCD may seem to be opposite clinical conditions. ADHDers are characterized as being spontaneous, impulsive, and oriented toward pleasure and stimulation. OCDers are typically methodical, compulsive (thinking too much before acting), and oriented toward avoiding anything that can generate anxiety.

However, if the two disorders are considered in terms of executive functioning, it is clear that OCDers have certain attention and executive functioning deficits similar to those who have ADHD."

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From the article: "OCD people who have been also diagnosed with ADHD have their hands full managing both....studies have looked at the prevalence of ADHD in OCD populations and estimate that approximately 30 percent of patients with OCD also have ADHD."

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ADHD’s Impact on Relationships: 10 Tips to Help

ADHD’s Impact on Relationships: 10 Tips to Help | Managing Adult ADD ADHD | Scoop.it
If the “ADHD partner doesn’t have their symptoms under control enough to be reliable,” it’s likely that the non-ADHD partner will pick up the slack. With good intentions, the non-ADHD partner starts taking care of more things to make the relationship easier. And not surprisingly, the more responsibilities the partner has, the more stressed and overwhelmed — and resentful — they become. Over time, they take on the role of parent, and the ADHD partner becomes the child. While the ADHD partner may be willing to help out, symptoms, such as forgetfulness and distractibility, get in the way.
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More excellent insights on living with adult ADD/ADHD, or living with someone who has adult ADD/ADHD.

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Finding Significance in a World of Distraction

Finding Significance in a World of Distraction | Managing Adult ADD ADHD | Scoop.it
How do we regularly assess the path of our lives to ensure that we are seeking and investing into the most significant? Perhaps it’s not as hard as we imagine...
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Good advice for everyone on dealing with distraction.

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Holiday Abundance and ADHD

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Christmas is a time of abundance. This may be especially true for those of us with ADHD.

Yes, there is more chocolate (always a good thing). But there’s also more impulsivity and more serious consequences for the future. Unless you want a diet, an overdrawn bank account, and emotional burnout in your post-holiday future, heightened impulsivity will not serve you well at this time.

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, or nothing at all: there’s more.

More of being overwhelmed. More distraction. More emotional stress. More disorganization, more time management challenges, more opportunities for social faux pas.

 

What we do need more of

 

So how do we avoid getting more of the ADHD “gifts” that we’d rather return? When asking for gifts this year, just remember that “S” does not just stand for “Santa:” it’s also for simplicity, support, supplements, serenity, and surrender: five things we do need more of.

 

Simplicity

 

‘Tis the season to triage. With the potential to be quickly overwhelmed, now’s the time to stay focused on mission-critical targets. So, simplify. If you can cut things off the list, you’ll simplify the task of prioritizing before you even begin.

Make a list of things you can forgo until after the holidays. Does the dog need to be groomed? Consider letting Scruffy live up to his name over the holidays, taking one less time- and resource-consuming task off your list.

Do you really need to throw a dinner party for your family or 400 of your closest friends? Yes? If so, how about a potluck this year instead of a seven-course festive feast?

Before diving into the holiday havoc, try coming up with a list of at least 10 things you can either simplify, postpone, or strike off the to-do list altogether. Ready? Go!

 

Support

 

The last thing we want to do is ask for help.

Do it! Now, more than ever, it’s time to call in favors, delegate, and let go of control-freak tendencies.

With perfectionism rampant amongst us, I know it’s difficult to let go of the reins. Delegate, then try walking out of the room or leave the house when a family member is baking the holiday shortbread – their own way. Hovering over them giving instructions or wiping up the counter while they’re trying to work will not decrease your stress or constitute full-fledged “delegation,” so buzz off and leave them to their own devices.

And don’t forget to be grateful for, not judgmental of the results.

 

Supplements

 

During the holiday season, you may want to talk to your doctor to make sure your meds are optimized, and try supplementing your regular ADHD treatment with Omega-3 fish oils, B vitamins, zinc, Iron and magnesium. I’m no dietition, but some ADHD experts (Dr. Ned Hallowell, author of Driven to Distraction among them) do recommend dietary changes and supplements to help manage ADHD. To learn more about what changes might be beneficial, check out Ten Foods to Boost Your ADHD Brain.

 

Serenity

 

Do you meditate? Perhaps now is not the time to start, but consider the stress-relief strategies you already use. Now consider doubling up on those.

Yoga, a walk in the woods with (or without) Scruffy, a lavender bubble-bath, a timeout with a friend or a favorite (non-stressful) movie – whatever! Schedule it into your planner. (I hope the words “schedule” and “planner” didn’t stress you out. I discovered these after my ADHD diagnosis, and by gosh, they’re handy.)

When you take an item off your “to-do” list (see “Simplify” above), plug in one of these serenity-inducing activities. Adding this activity will take time, yes, but chances are it will be time well spent and might make your other tasks go more smoothly.

 

Surrender

 

Finally, keep top of mind that this too shall pass. No matter how hard you try, or even if you give up; this holiday season will soon be over. There, at least, is something to hold on to!

What are your holiday coping strategies? Please share. Helpful options are also something we all need more of.

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10 Tips for Going to College With ADHD | Child Mind Institute

10 Tips for Going to College With ADHD | Child Mind Institute | Managing Adult ADD ADHD | Scoop.it

College is an exciting time! You're surrounded by new friends and new opportunities, and have more independence than ever before. However, college life also presents unique challenges to a student with ADHD. Managing classes, a social life, and extra curricular activities without day-to-day support from parents and a structured school schedule isn't easy. But there are plenty of things you can do to set yourself up for success. These top ten tips are a great place to start.

1. Go to class. Attendance counts even when teachers aren't hovering over you. Skipping classes not only leads lower grades, but it also makes professors less motivated to help when you need it…..

 

2. Be realistic: Don't sign up for an 8am class if you're not a morning person. Set yourself up for success by scheduling your classes at times of the day when you find it easiest to pay attention, and when you think you can get there on time. ….

3. Work first, play later. College campuses are filled with temptations that can distract from getting work done, and students with ADHD often have to work especially hard to get results. Schedule specific study periods in a quiet location, and stick to the plan. Reward yourself with fun, social activities. But train yourself to work first and play later. This will help minimize procrastination, and allow you to enjoy your social time without feeling anxious about falling behind in your classes.

4. Be proactive: Get support early, before a crisis develops. All campuses have resources available for students with ADHD to help you succeed. Contact Learning Support Services before you arrive on campus to find out what ADHD diagnosis documentation they require, and which services they offer. …

5. Use a calendar. Keeping track of class times, assignments, tests, and social activities isn't easy and doesn't happen automatically. Students with ADHD often have difficulty planning and remembering when assignments are due and tests are scheduled. ….An electronic calendar can be configured send you email or pop-up reminders a few days and hours before assignments and tests are due.

6. Think before you drink. It's no secret that alcohol use is widespread on many college campuses. While excessive drinking isn't healthy for anyone, research shows that students with ADHD experience more negative consequences as a result of their drinking than students without ADHD...

7. Join a club. With so many students on campus, it can be hard to find your niche. Join a club to help you meet people who like some of the same things you do...

8. Sleep! Find a sleep schedule that works for you and stick with it. Everyone needs sleep, but it may be even more important for students with ADHD……

9. Use your medication as prescribed. Continue to take your ADHD medication as prescribed by your doctor. Avoid skipping doses, and resist the temptation to misuse your medication in order to cram before a test or pull an all-nighter…..

10. Call, text, or email your parents. You may be living at college and well on your way to adulthood, but your parents can still be a great source of support…… Want to know more? We also have some tips for parents.


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21 Things To Consider Before Taking Adderall

21 Things To Consider Before Taking Adderall | Managing Adult ADD ADHD | Scoop.it
With finals and big end-of-year work projects approaching, students are breaking out the study pills — and they aren’t the only ones.
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Some good advice for ADD/ADHD adults and college students considering taking Adderall.

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Intuniv for ADHD - CorePsych

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ADHD Medications: The Science of Mind Evolves
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From the article: "Intuniv is great, works well often, but isn’t for everybody. What Intuniv does do: on the one hand solves some previously unsolvable ADHD medication challenges – but on the other hand encourages even deeper insights for those ADHD presentations that fail to respond to any of these various ADHD medications."

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ADHD and Winter Depression

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Seasonal Affective Disorder, like other ADHD comorbid conditions, impacts many adults and children with attention deficit disorder. Use these six tips for fighting depression this winter.
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Many people are susceptible to a form of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is particularly prevalent among ADD adults.

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ADHD: The Entrepreneur's Superpower

ADHD: The Entrepreneur's Superpower | Managing Adult ADD ADHD | Scoop.it
What do business mogul Sir Richard Branson, Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad, and JetBlue founder David Neeleman, have in common? Well, besides being monumentally successful, they all have ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and, like other entrepreneurs and CEOs, some will even tell you that they are successful largely because of [...]
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From the article: "...it’s worth noting that some of the trait’s most common characteristics – creativity, multi-tasking, risk-taking, high energy and even resilience– are, in fact, strengths when leveraged in the right way and in the right career. It’s why so many high profile achievers are beginning to publicly embrace their diagnoses of ADHD."

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Steps to an Organized Life

Steps to an Organized Life | Managing Adult ADD ADHD | Scoop.it

As most adults with ADHD have learned, moments of forgetfulness and disorganization can have major consequences. Just one morning of misplaced keys can set your whole day off kilter. But, just as one episode of forgetfulness can trigger a series of negative events, one small step forward can lead to giant leaps of improvement in the organization of one's life. Here are some solutions that could start you down a new path.

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» 8 Pointers for Preventing Procrastination for Adults with ADHD - World of Psychology

» 8 Pointers for Preventing Procrastination for Adults with ADHD - World of Psychology | Managing Adult ADD ADHD | Scoop.it
People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are especially prone to procrastination. That’s because the executive functions of the brain, w
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Six Ways to Stop Procrastinating at Work with Adult ADD

Six Ways to Stop Procrastinating at Work with Adult ADD | Managing Adult ADD ADHD | Scoop.it
How to get started on that dreaded project you've been avoiding at work or at home.
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Help with procrastination at work.

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