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Conquering Clutter

Clutter is a universal problem for adults with ADD/ADHD. When there’s trouble dealing with the boring need to clean up little things, piles begin to build up.

Paperwork is often a big issue, as well as impulsively buying something that seemed great at the time, and now is just filling up more space.

And then clutter can get overwhelming…

It can lead to embarassment, and it can contribute to social problems – you don’t want people to come over because of how embarasing your clutter is. And then you may feel bad about your kids not having their friends over because of it.

And this can lead to guilt and shame.

On this post – I interview ADD Coach Lynne Edris (From Coaching ADDvantages) about how to clear clutter.

(watch the video until the end – you’ll not only hear me mess up (and have a good laugh over it), you’ll learn how you can get specific strategies and skills to conquer your clutter)

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Adult ADHD Radio Interview

On Sunday September 4, 2011, I was interviewed on WGTK radio on the Dr. Stan Frager show. The interview was all about adult ADHD (with some questions/comments about teen ADHD as well).

Dr. Frager was kind enough to let me share the recording of the radio station with you. You can hear the radio interview here:

Please share any comments below.

You can pick up a copy of Attention Difference Disorder here.
Best,
Dr. Kenny

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ADHD Superpowers?

superhero 150x150 ADHD Superpowers?As an ADHD expert, and a proponent of a strength based model of ADHD, I do look for the strengths and the positive side of ADD/ADHD (as I wrote in my book: Attention Difference Disorder). I don’t know if I would say that people with ADD/ADHD have super powers.

That said, there was a great article online that just came out, which talks about how some entrepreneurs consider their ADHD to be a superpower. It was in Smart Money, was called: “Why Some Entrepreneurs Call ADHD a “Superpower”" and it talks about some successful business people with ADHD.

How can these entrepreneurs consider their ADHD a superpower?

This article shares the positive, as well as some of the possible negatives associated with the condition, as seen in this quote:

On the plus side, people with ADHD often have an immense amount of energy, and they think outside the box — because their ideas could never fit inside one box. On the minus side, they have an inability to focus on what bores them, can make sloppy errors when rushing (which is almost always) and have a stronger-than-average tendency to put a foot in their mouth.

Some of the entrepreneurs mentioned include high profile business people with ADHD, including:

  • Paul Orfalea: founder of Kinkos
  • David Neeleman: Founder of JetBlue airlines
  • Peter Shankman: angel investor and technology expert and principal of The Geek Factory

This article also discusses some smaller business owners – like Steve Ferree – who bought a franchise of Roto rooter, and found that his ADHD impacted some of his ability to manage his business.

It is important to do one task at a time – and not to multitask – especially if you have ADHD. My favorite example of this from the article is from Peter Shankman:

Shankman takes that concept to an extreme. Asked to write a book in two weeks, he reserved a business class flight to Tokyo. When he got there, he drank a few espressos in the lounge, turned around and came back. He finished the book in 30 hours. The trip cost $4,000 and was “worth every penny,” he says.

All in all, this article highlights how the ADHD brain can help people in business, and at the same time, it provides some balance… i.e. that ADHD can cause problems if the right strategies or treatments aren’t in place. I like this approach, because this is similar to the stance that I take in my book – that ADHD can have its strengths, but you do have to get the negative symptoms out of the way.

Please share your thoughts and comments below.

Best,

Dr. Kenny

15 Signs You May Have Adult ADHD

I wanted to share this great article on the Huffington Post – about 15 signs which may indicate that you have Adult ADHD. As we’ve covered on this blog before, it can often be very hard to get a diagnosis when you are an adult with ADD/ADHD. I think this article can help you out.

You can read it here: 15 Signs You May Have Adult ADHD.

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Adult ADHD Diagnostic Criteria

The diagnosis of Adult ADHD has often been hard to make for many doctors who aren’t experts in ADHD. This relates to the fact that the criteria for the disorder are primarily written based on how the condition appears in kids. So, many of the diagnostic criteria don’t apply well to adults.

We now know that approximately 4% of the US adult population has ADHD, though most people have trouble finding a doctor to diagnose them, and provide them with the treatment to help them.

Experts are currently reviewing the diagnostic criteria in the DSM. The new version – the DSM-5 will be coming out in the next year or two. In this report, a scientist is reported to say that the criteria for adult ADHD will be adapted in the new version of the manual. This will likely help adults with ADHD to get the diagnosis that they need – and no doubt it will also raise concerns by the skeptics that too many adults are being diagnosed. I will likely welcome the change – because it is my impression that it will likely improve things for adults with ADHD more than it will hinder or harm.

What do you think?

Best,

Dr. Kenny

ADHD and Tax Preparation

I don’t know anyone who loves to get their information ready for tax time. This task can be even harder for adults with ADHD – because of the organization that is needed, as well as the need to keep track of all of the information needed over a whole year.

Margarita Tartakovsky wrote a great article on Psychcentral called: Tax Prep for People with ADHD for Next Year. You can read the full article at that link.

The three main points of the article:

  1. Figure out what information you should be saving
  2. Have a way to record tax deductible expenses
  3. Create one place for tax related paperwork
  4. Schedule tax time each week.

With some work early in the year, and a small amount of time throughout the year, you can improve your tax prep significantly. This can help you to file on time, save on late fees, or get a refund much more quickly. It can also lower your stress.

Do you have any tricks or strategies that work well? Please share them in the comments below.

Best,

Dr. Kenny

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ADHD and Creativity?

While most doctors focus on the negativity in ADD/ADHD, I like to take a more balanced approach, and I focus more on differences than deficits. It is my opinion that when we take a strength based approach, we can help people with ADD/ADHD a lot more. Today’s blog post discusses an interesting study on creativity in ADHD.

Researchers recently studied whether college students with ADHD were more creative than their non-ADHD peers. They had the students complete tests to look at their creativity.

You can read a summary of the study here.

Some of the findings from this study include:

  • Adults with ADHD are better at divergent thinking than non-ADHD adults. Quoting from the link above: “Divergent thinking involves generating several possible solutions to a problem”.
  • Adults with ADHD did better finding ideas to find solutions to problems. As the report says:

Another questionnaire assessed the respondents’ preferred creative style: clarifier, who defines and structures the problem; ideator, who like to generate ideas; developers, who elaborate or refine ideas and solutions; and implementers, who incorporate a refined idea into a final product or solution.

Non-ADHD participants preferred problem clarification and idea development. ADHD individuals liked the ideator style.

Knowing the creative style can help identify careers suited to the strengths and weaknesses of individuals with ADHD, the researchers said.

Do you find that people with ADHD are more creative than non-ADHD’ers? Is this an advantage for people with ADD or ADHD? Please share your thoughts and ideas below.

Best,

Dr. Kenny

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Inspirational Quotes

I came across some great inspirational quotes here.

Here are a few of them (taken from the link above) which I think are particularly useful for people with ADD/ADHD:

Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different.”
- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

“If the going is easy, beware! You may be going downhill.”
- Greg Taunt

“Do or do not, there is no try.”
- Yoda (Empire Strikes Back)

“Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing, that we see too late the one that is open.”
- Alexander Graham Bell

“Great opportunity is usually disguised as unsolvable problems.”
- Gretchen G. Clement

“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I’ll understand.”
- Confucius

“Creativity is the ability to see relationships where none exist.”
- Thomas Disch

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
- Peter Drucker

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and it looks like work.”
- Thomas Edison

“The only sure way to avoid making mistakes is to have no new ideas.”
- Albert Einstein

“Whether you believe you can, or whether you believe you can’t, you’re absolutely right.”
- Henry Ford

“Man’s mind stretched to a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.”
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.”
- Dr. Edwin Land

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
- Darrell Royal

“Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different.”
- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Do any of these ring true for you? Do you have any other quotes you love? Please share your comments below.
Best,
Dr. Kenny


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Faking Adult ADHD?

A recent study recently reported that up to 22% of ADHD adults either fake or exaggerate their symptoms. This may be to get ADHD medication, or higher doses of ADHD medication. You can read more about this here.

In this ‘internet era’, it is very easy for people to spend 20 minutes on google, and know all about the symptoms that are used to diagnose ADHD. This is a risk.

At the same time, there are literally millions of adults with ADHD who can’t find a specialist or doctor who can help them with a proper and thorough diagnosis – to get the help that they really need.

Why do these ‘fakers’ want to get their hands on ADHD medications?

When ADHD medications are taken as prescribed, they are helpful and safe. When they are misused – either by being diverted, or misused, they can be quite problematic. When people misuse them – they may take their own prescriptions in a way that wasn’t prescribed – i.e. they may save us several days of their short acting medication and crush the pills and snort them. By doing this, they cause the medication to get to their brain much more quickly, and they can get a high. Or, they may take stimulant medications late at night to cram for university exams – and this can be medically dangerous. Diversion refers to the situation when people use their medications in other ways – i.e. they sell them, give them to their friends, or find other creative uses for them which are wrong. Diverting stimulant medication is actually illegal. All of this is medically dangerous.

What should happen?

It is very important that doctors do thorough assessments for adult ADHD. They need to gather information about the long term history of the disorder, (hopefully) get information from other sources – including family members, even old report cards – which help to corroborate the diagnosis, etc. If people get a proper diagnosis, then we can ‘cut down’ the fakers from misusing the prescription medications.

The other thing to do is for doctors to use the newer generation of long acting medications. These medications are much less abusable, and tend to have a lower street value because of that.

This is an important issue.

What has your experience been? Please share your thoughts below…

Best,

Dr. Kenny

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Night Owls Gain Weight

Up to 40% of individuals with ADD/ADHD have sleep problems. People with ADD/ADHD are often ‘night owls’.

A new report shares that “late sleepers tend to eat more, weigh more, and eat more low-quality food – even if they get roughly the same amount of sleep as people who hit the hay at a more normal time.” This is based on a small study which was published in the journal Obesity. They plan to conduct a larger study.

You can read more about this here.

What does this mean to you? I hate to say it – but it probably means that what your mother told you was right – it is healthier if you get to be earlier…

Best,

Dr. Kenny

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