By Edward Hallowell, M.D. One of the biggest challenges facing people with ADHD is maintaining a positive self-view. We adults are usually hyper-critical of ourselves. We magnify our sins and shortcomings, and minimize our virtues and achievements. We believe that the positives we do were created by smoke and mirrors, while the things we have failed […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Brenda Nicholson No, Nay, Never The average 1-year-old hears the word “No” 400 times a day, according to research conducted by UCLA. By the time that child can vote, he’s heard the word “No” about 200,000 times. Double that if he has ADHD. In many ways, it makes sense. As parents, we praise our […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Jacqueline Sinfield Shame is an emotion that plays a big part in the lives of people with ADHD. When you feel shame, you feel a huge sense of embarrassment and humiliation about who you are. Shame and guilt are closely connected; although subtly different. Feeling ashamed can lead to many problems, including depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol problems. Here are the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Many adults with ADHD feel shame. A bottomless, all-encompassing shame. They feel shame for having ADHD in the first place. They feel shame for procrastinating or not being as productive as they think they “should” be. They feel shame for forgetting things too quickly. They feel shame for missing deadlines or […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By James M. Ochoa, LPC There’s a lot of helpful information for people with ADHD — about medication and diagnoses, about how to get things done or finished faster, how to feel more confident about your decisions. The problem is that we can’t use the information until we confront the fallout from the stress of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Stacey Nelson Jacob Edward, 10, paints a clay plate he made in his past four art therapy sessions. He dips his brush into the cup of silvery black paint he has mixed, and dabs it into the cracks of the clay. Jacob’s breathing and brush strokes start to quicken. He seems anxious. I ask […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Additude Editors Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder associated with depression and related to seasonal variations in light. SAD impacts 10-20 percent of the population in dim Nordic countries, and may disproportionately affect adults and children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADHD) everywhere. “As seasons change, there is a shift in our […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Sandy Maynard Do you lash out when your spouse reminds you — nicely — to take out the dog or pick up a gallon of milk? Do you fly off the handle when the boss asks you to turn in the next assignment on time? I know many people who do, including myself. In […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
by Tamara Rosier, Ph.D. Adults with ADHD have a peculiar relationship with time, often investing it frivolously or ineffectively. Many of us feel anxiety, guilt, or self-loathing when we think about how we use our days, resulting in more wasted energy and time. Routine tasks, like laundry and paying the bills, frustrate us. When we […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Ari Tuckman People with ADHD feel emotions more intensely than others do. When ADHDers feel happiness and excitement, it makes them more interesting and engaging. But strong emotion has its downside as well. ADHDers are impulsive. They get carried away by what they are feeling, and act on it without considering how it […]Continue Reading... No Comments.