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Stacey Turis, an adult living with ADHD and giftedness for 35 years, decided it was time to hug it out and accept her differences for a more peaceful existence. Turis’s ADHD enables her to engage the universe in ways that don’t meet the eyes and can’t be explained.

posted: Wednesday April 9th - 8:39am

How to Light a Fire Under Your Brain's Butt

We ADHDers are not dragging our heels. We’re waiting for our brain to find its sweet spot.

music notes
I’ve always said to follow your passions without putting expectations on an outcome. If you love or are interested in something, pursue it and explore it. I did that last year when I started doing marketing for my favorite band, The Blue Twenty2’s. All I had going for me was a love of their music and a passion for telling others about it. Now, I’m sitting here...
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posted: Thursday March 6th - 10:44am

When Emotions Have You Under Their Spell

ADHDers feel a lot sometimes, and nothing at other times. I’ve learned to make peace with all of my feelings (or lack thereof).

ADHD and emotions
I have a weird relationship with my emotions. As a member of the ADHD Tribe, emotions are evolving things for me that change a lot depending on what’s going on. Generally I find myself in one of three phases, and each requires a different to-do manual. Sometimes, I’m numb, unable to get even a glimpse of what it means to feel happy or sad. Other times, I’m...
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posted: Monday February 3rd - 1:43pm

Me and My Shadows

When depression and anxiety come a-calling, I know how to send them packing.

Shadow
Our ADHD tribe is no stranger to depression and anxiety. I have a lifetime pass to all three. Yay, me! ADHDers are passionate people, and we have to deal with the predictable pattern of unpredictability, mood swings, highs, lows, and sometimes dropping to the living room floor when someone knocks on the front door. I thought it best not to battle all of them every second...
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posted: Tuesday January 14th - 8:33am

My New, Improved, Happy Guilt-Free Life

Hey, ADHDers, don’t let others—or you—hang guilt around your neck.

I was on the phone with my mom the other day when she asked me the question she had been wanting to ask me for the four weeks since my daughter’s 504 Plan was put into place. “Did you turn in that paperwork?” I sighed and replied that I had not turned in said paperwork — back-up documentation to add to my daughter’s file for the district. I...
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posted: Wednesday November 13th - 10:30am

Brain Freeze: Why ADHDers Need Downtime

Go ahead and hyperfocus, but when you come out of it, let your brain process what you missed while you were away.

ADHD Brain
Right now, I’m beating my head against the desk because I’m stuck. I can usually come up with some pretty good tips on maintaining a happy and fulfilling life as an ADHDer, but today, I have nothing. Zip. I’m in that uncomfortable spot called stagnation. I’m not moving forward. My wheels are spinning like crazy, but I just can’t get traction. Most ADHDers know and despise that...
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posted: Wednesday September 18th - 2:19pm

Set Your ADHD Brain on Fire

Find something to get passionate about to bring out the best of your ADHD gifts.

Band Practice
I think passion is underutilized these days. We don’t nurture it that much anymore. We’re more of a skills-based society. “Oh, you’re good at numbers, so you should be an accountant.” Or “You like kids, you should be a teacher.” For the record, nobody has ever said either of the above to me, and probably never will. Why aren’t we asked what we feel passionate about? I...
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posted: Monday September 16th - 11:15am

I'm First in Line for the Roller Coaster of Life with ADHD

I’m not willing to give up the magic in my mind for some old, boring executive function skills.

I will never have perfect mental health with this ADHD and co-morbid brain. I’ll always go through bouts of depression, I’ll always get anxious before social events, and I’ll never remember where I set my glass of water down. The list of mental hiccups goes on, but I’m too lazy to try to recall them all. This is my brain. I’m stuck. If there were an awesome...
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posted: Thursday July 25th - 2:49pm

Stimulate Me — Just Do It the Right Way

An ADHDer’s guide to stimulation and drama that feed will feed your soul.

Flames, Watercolor flames
Some say I live a chaotic life. I agree, and, I would add, that I can’t imagine living any other way. I fly by the seat of my pants, putting out fires where I can reach them — and, where I can’t, there is a smoldering pile of ashes waiting for the kiss of oxygen to regenerate its prior blaze. That’s the life of an ADHDer, and...
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posted: Thursday July 18th - 8:34am

You Don’t Want This ADDer for a Friend—or Do You?

I may be late with a birthday card or a casserole after having surgery, but if you’re my friend, know that I will build you up, never judge you, and will even get in a bar fight to uphold your honor.

ADHDers use these tips to make friends.
In the traditional sense of friendship, I make a pretty crappy friend and family member. I don’t know how I’ve managed to keep anyone in my life. I say “I’ve” as if I can take credit for it. I can’t. It’s all them. Those people who love me despite me. I think that most of us in the ADHD tribe feel that way. Maintaining...
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posted: Friday June 28th - 11:46am

How I Reduce the Summer Stress

The kids are home, everyone wants to get together, and you’re expected to have fun, fun, fun. Here’s how an ADHDer can stay sane.

Summer for ADHD families, Beach, Summer
Guess what, folks? Summer is here. I know that for some of us that calls for a celebration and for some of us it calls for extra meditation. I’m the latter. I can track my sanity level as it slowly descends through the hot summer months. Summer means loss of structure and lots of change — especially if you have children who are suddenly home, making...
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