Write About the Big ADD Issues
I am not talking about keeping a journal -- writing down any thought that pops into your head. My writing is targeted. I write when an ADD/ADHD-related behavior makes me fail or an event catches me off-guard. For example, a few years ago I visited my son and daughter-in-law in Florida. She and I are opposites in many ways. She is smart and has a sharp memory, while I struggle to remember the smallest things. As they drove me to the airport to return home, I realized I had forgotten my purse, with my travel IDs in it. They graciously drove back -- an hour, round-trip -- and retrieved my purse in time for me to catch my flight.
I was mortified. Writing about the episode gave me perspective. I realized that everyone has challenges, and we all choose ways to cope with them. I know that I will always have ADD/ADHD, but I am much more than the symptoms of that condition. I learned to roll with the punches when my ADD/ADHD rears its ugly head.