By Liji Thomas, MD Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition characterized by an inability to control one’s attention span so as to effectively complete one activity or cognitive process before proceeding to another. This leads to impulsive decision-making and actions, and typically a hyperkinetic mode of life. ADHD is a disorder which primarily originates […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Jenara Nerenberg Writers, entrepreneurs, and creative leaders of all types know that intense focus that happens when you’re “in the zone”: You’re feeling empowered, productive, and engaged. Psychologists might call this flow, the experience of zeroing in so closely on some activity that you lose yourself in it. And this immersive state, as it […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Sandy Maynard To many adults with ADHD, multitasking is second nature. Doing two (or more) things at once might not be as gratifying as doing them separately, but there’s no doubt that multitasking helps you with time management. Or does it? With simple tasks you’ve done a thousand times — folding laundry while talking to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Kirsten Milliken, Ph.D., PCC Have you ever avoided getting organized by Googling “fun ways to get organized”? I have. I found a lot of fun products — from colored tote containers and eye-catching labels to cool furniture. I also stumbled on a way to get my house “fake clean” in 15 minutes a day. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D. Despite the many differences among children and adults with ADHD, there is one similarity shared by virtually all of them. Although they have considerable chronic difficulty in getting organized and getting started on many tasks, focusing their attention, sustaining their efforts, and utilizing their short-term working memory, all of those […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Sandy Maynard Maintaining friendships is hard work for most adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It means making commitments and following through, neither of which are big strengths of ours. If we wind up canceling or, worse, forgetting about a coffee date or movie night altogether, we feel guilty, frustrated, and worse than […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Susan Kruger, M.ED As a mom with ADHD, with two children diagnosed with ADHD, there are two questions that bring me to my knees every day: “What’s for dinner?” and “What are we packing for lunch?” I decided to eliminate them, once and for all, with a menu board. It’s now been 14 months […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Sandy Maynard Quick: What’s your least favorite thing to do? If you’re like my ADHD clients, shopping for groceries is right up there, along with paying bills and doing laundry. Supermarkets seem to be designed to play tricks on the ADHD mind, with their eye-catching displays, seductive product packaging, and food choices too numerous […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Dana Rayburn Decisions come hard for adults with ADHD, and packing a suitcase means decisions galore! “What outfit do I wear Saturday night?” and “How much can I fit into my suitcase?” are two of them. The typical approach for adults with ADHD is to pack their entire wardrobe. The last time I went […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Patricia Quinn, M.D. Why is meal planning so tough for people with ADHD? Consider what’s involved — decision-making, planning, prioritizing, navigating the aisles of a visually overwhelming supermarket-and it begins to make sense. Meal planning for a family is an inherently ADHD-unfriendly task. By contrast, the creativity needed to pull together a last-minute meal […]Continue Reading... No Comments.