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Jane D., a professional writer with ADHD in her early 40s, blogs about dating and relationships, working and losing a variety of jobs, and surviving and thriving with attention deficit, along with depression and anxiety. She lives and works near a big city on the West Coast.

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Archives: December 2011

posted: Thursday December 29th - 8:03am

This Year Will Be Different. Right?

I return home for the holidays to learn that life did not pause in my absence. Friends have moved on and moved up. Will this year's resolutions help me do the same?

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In the four months since I was last home, the trees have lost their leaves and the chill has returned. Yet in many ways it's as if I never left thanks to my unhealthy Facebook-status-update addiction. Since I landed on the East Coast Christmas Eve, I've been enjoying my time away from the human crush of Hong Kong, where I'm starved for both space and real...
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posted: Tuesday December 20th - 1:25am

Where Is My Wonderful Life?

This isn't the 36th Christmas I'd imagined for myself. Missing are the Norman Rockwell home and picket fence. Missing is the Prince Charming. Missing is the sense of being appreciated... and loved.

Tinsel, bows, plastic Santas, and paralyzing ADHD unhappiness. During this jolly holly season, old demons and relentless memories resurface daily. The winter blues are back. Remember the Christmas when you strolled Central Park with the boyfriend? Remember the year you and the sister schlepped to Queens, where the mother made you all go to church and asked if you had Bible-loving boyfriends, too? What great memories. Well,...
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posted: Monday December 12th - 11:31am

ADHD Destiny Vs. Self-Determination

"One does not make the wind blow but is blown by it." This ancient Asian proverb seems so sadly appropriate as I surrender to my ADHD fate after 36 years. Or will I?

The 36th birthday came and went and without much drama. I suffered through it with a few friends of the same vintage, all of us using the occasion as an excuse to eat, drink, and be merry. Another year older. Yeah. In truth, I had three birthday parties, blew out three sets of candles on three separate cakes, and thought more than once how...
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