Stephen Anfield is a 30-something professional whose busy life is complicated and immeasurably enhanced by his ADHD symptoms. Anfield writes about the techniques he uses to manage ADHD, while admitting that what works for him might not work for you.

posted: Wednesday June 26th - 10:29am

Fear and Perfectionism Are My Kryptonite

Light bulb, ideas
I tend to have a lot of ideas. I'm pretty sure I have more ideas while brushing my teeth than an entire company has during an hour-long brainstorming session. It's one of these "superpowers" that I've been "blessed" with as someone who has been diagnosed with ADHD. And it's a problem. Don't get me wrong — I love having lots of ideas. It's when you have...
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posted: Tuesday February 26th - 11:11am

I Gave Up My ADHD Medication for Lent

Stephen Anfield, ADHD Blogger
PSYCH! ...No, I didn’t. In all honesty, I’ve not taken my medication because it’s expensive. I’ve had to prioritize between staying focused or putting food in my belly. Clearly, I chose the latter. I never realized until now how much I took my Vyvanse for granted. Being off my meds has had an impact on my overall demeanor and productivity. Here are some of the things I’ve...
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posted: Tuesday December 18th - 1:03pm

Forever Distracted

Stephen Anfield, ADHD Blogger
I know, I’re probably wondering why I haven’t been posting on a frequent basis, right? If you’re not subscribed to my public updates on Facebook, then you’ve been missing out on all the randomness that has been happening in my life. I tend to think in 140-character spurts, so you can imagine how difficult it is for me to sit down for an extended amount...
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posted: Thursday September 20th - 10:07am

How My Adult ADHD Got Me in the White House

My AmeriCorps experience showed me that helping others -- and being myself -- is a path to growth, satisfaction, and greater career opportunities.

On Friday, August 17, I was invited to the White House along with more than 150 AmeriCorps Alumni leaders from 25 states. We represented AmeriCorps Alums during a day-long briefing highlighting national service as a pathway to opportunity and career advancement. If you're wondering what AmeriCorps is and why I participated, the reason is really quite simple: I love to help others in need. During my year...
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posted: Wednesday September 5th - 10:22am

How NOT to Get Your ADHD Child Ready for School

Here are a few tips and tricks to get you started as you begin planning your strategy for a new school year.

I'd like to think that I know a thing or two about elementary school. I spent most of my younger years risin' and shinin' to my mom pulling on my toes, pouring freezing water on my face and creating a pseudo-club experience made possible by the quick on/off flickering of my bedroom light. As a parent, you know about all of the challenges that your ADHD...
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posted: Friday July 27th - 12:00am

Finding Myself Through Writing

Our blogger rebuilds his confidence and combats his inner critic with humor, wordplay, and writing.

Could you imagine unicorns sneezing glitter? No? What about strips of bacon dancing in the street to Kool & the Gang's "Celebration?" No? Truth be told, as I sit here trying to think of how to start this blog post, these are just some of the images swirling around in my head. One might think I've consumed bath salts, but no, no...this is what I deal...
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posted: Sunday June 17th - 3:53pm

50 Things About Me

In an effort to further connect with the awesome people who read my blog, I thought it'd be a good idea to share a few things that make me who I am. This also serves the purpose of giving me more ideas about what I can share with you as I cope with ADHD. If any of the following resonate with you, feel...
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posted: Tuesday May 29th - 9:05pm

Pro Tip: Protein!

Most likely you're an adult with ADHD or the parent of a child with ADHD. When you or your child are first diagnosed, it can be a terrifying experience. And with so many medications to choose from, it can be quite difficult to determine which will provide the greatest benefit. What happens when that benefit also comes with discouraging side effects, and discontinuing meds isn't an...
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posted: Monday November 21st - 2:14pm

My ADHD Is Like…

Who doesn’t love to use a funny simile to describe their Adult ADHD? Especially when it makes fun of reality TV stars...

So, I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a list of similes and metaphors that I use to describe my ADHD. I always find myself saying, “I have the attention span of a gnat,” and as of late, it just hasn’t been doing it for me. It’s totally, like, so five years ago, and I thought it was time to revamp said phrasing into something...
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posted: Wednesday October 26th - 9:00am

Am I Normal for Laughing Off My ADHD Moments?

If you say no, I can totally accept that. As a matter of fact, I’ll probably laugh at it. When I have to deal with challenging or difficult situations, I find that I cope best by laughing at myself. What do you do to cope with life’s hurdles with ADHD?

I’ve been doing a lot of work lately. So much working. As I've mentioned, my job involves reading, writing, and strong oral communication skills (for meetings and public speaking). A lot of the time, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) affects how competently I am able to perform these tasks. Contrary to popular belief, I can sit still long enough to read, so long as...
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