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Archives: August 2008

posted: Wednesday August 27th - 2:33pm

The ADHD Motto

If at first you don't succeed . . . try something else that's more in line with your abilities and interests and is less costly and easier to get to.

Bill Mehlman blogs about treating adult ADHD for ADDitudeMag.com
You know my motto, the lodestone by which I steer, the proceleusmatic words that keep me moving forward through this life of hardship and sorrow, my very own nil desperandum. Don't you? Didn't you get the memo? OK, you slackers, here it is: "If at first you don't succeed .. . try something else that's more in line with your abilities and interests and is...
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posted: Tuesday August 26th - 3:01pm

ADHD Prioritizing Gone Haywire

I decided to follow my own advice and treat my own ADHD with a little creativity.

Bill Mehlman blogs about treating adult ADHD for ADDitudeMag.com
One day, during a lull at work the phrase, "Bespoke vituperation" pops into my mind. I'd been thinking about doing a frivolous business card for myself, as opposed to one that I'd give to a prospective client, and that phrase looked like it would fit in admirably. I've had occasion to make up several business cards for my various failed businesses, and have the procedure down pretty...
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posted: Friday August 22nd - 10:39am

The Eye of the Beholder

I bring you another source for treating ADHD-induced depression with beauty.

Bill Mehlman blogs about treating adult ADHD for ADDitudeMag.com
Hard on the heels of Stair Porn, I bring you another source for reassurance that beautiful doesn't have to be artsy. Eye of the beholder, m'boy, eye of the beholder. I've came across these pictures by Branislav Kropilak for years. Naturally, I can't recall where I first saw them, but I urge you to take a look. He works in a medium known as a "Giclee print on...
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posted: Thursday August 21st - 12:25pm

Battling ADHD With Creativity

One way to deal with ADHD and depression is to surround yourself with creativity.

Bill Mehlman blogs about treating adult ADHD for ADDitudeMag.com
Among the many nasty aspects of having ADHD—I mean, a specific aspect, not just the fact that it sucks—is that The Deficit provides an entry point for depression (so-named after the famously unsuccessful French general, Jacques de Pression, whose inability to win even the smallest battle made everyone in France so sad) and depression loves to put its dirty hobnailed boot on the neck of creativity. One way...
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posted: Tuesday August 19th - 10:02am

Goal Setting for ADHD Adults

The first challenge of reaching a goal is learning to set realistic objectives.

Bill Mehlman blogs about treating adult ADHD for ADDitudeMag.com
Finding that someone has written just what you've been trying to write, only much better, can be aggravating. Nonetheless, good guy that I am, I will refer you to a posting by "Dustin" on the Writer's Technology Companion. Dustin has written a perceptive piece about setting goals. The short story is that he believes in setting goals that are relevant, achievable and concrete. I've posted about this...
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posted: Monday August 18th - 6:22am

ADHD Reading Tips

Skimming ain't reading. Let me repeat that: skimming ain't reading.

Bill Mehlman blogs about treating adult ADHD for ADDitudeMag.com
Skimming ain't reading. Let me repeat that: skimming ain't reading. I read for a living. Proofreading and copyediting bring home the bacon. OK, I don't eat much bacon any more, if only to avoid having to shell out for the Lipitor, but you get the idea. Everything I do should be perfect, but there's some stuff that's more critical than other stuff. If I miss a comma...
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posted: Friday August 15th - 7:20am

The Fate of ADHD Projects

We ADD adults love projects because they're big, they make us feel like we're establishing a real beachhead in the war against confusion; but then everything goes off the rails.

Bill Mehlman blogs about treating adult ADHD for ADDitudeMag.com
If there's one thing we of the Deficit (ADD) love, it's projects. (So ask, already, would you?) Glad you asked. We love projects because they're big, they make us feel like we're establishing a real beachhead in the war against confusion, and because starting a New Project doesn't require any actual work. Or thought. And if we're lucky, it will give us a reason, however specious, for buying...
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posted: Thursday August 14th - 10:55am

My ADHD Shopping Process

Once again I'm plagued by that old bugaboo, indecision, and his partner in crime, bad time management.

Bill Mehlman blogs about treating adult ADHD for ADDitudeMag.com
The urge to buy a USB flash drive has been overwhelming. They're just so incredibly cool, and now they're available with 32 gigs of memory. Of course, the entire hard drive of my desktop contains less than a gig of content, so unless I decide I absolutely must carry around the complete audio text of Swann's Way and the collected works of J.S. Bach (they run...
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posted: Wednesday August 13th - 9:43am

Music, Lyrics and ADHD

My ADHD memory prohibits me from remembering song lyrics--if you'd ever heard me "sing" you'd probably be grateful.

Bill Mehlman blogs about treating adult ADHD for ADDitudeMag.com
Sometimes I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I was driving home from the beach last night, listening to a radio station that played lots of oldies. It's only fair to say that I've never been any good at linking up musicians and the titles of their works and the works themselves. Stones, Beatles, CCR, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Who, Zep, Hendrix…I can recognize their music...
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posted: Tuesday August 12th - 9:28am

This is Mozart's Brain on ADHD

You are what you remember ... where does that leave us ADHDans?

Bill Mehlman blogs about treating adult ADHD for ADDitudeMag.com
I've been trying for a couple of years to get through Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot, a self-help kind of book by Richard Restak, M.D., that came highly recommended by a brilliant, and intellectually ruthless friend. This seems like a propitious time for another sortie, so I'm off again, hoping, this time, that posting about my adventures and epiphanies will encourage me to read, and understand,...
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posted: Monday August 11th - 3:43pm

ADHD Salesmanship

My fractured sense of ADHD self-esteem rules out sales as a career path.

Bill Mehlman blogs about treating adult ADHD for ADDitudeMag.com
Sales has always been the least appealing aspect of business to me, and, logically, the one at which I'm least skillful. Unenthusiastic salesmen don't do a good job of convincing potential buyers, regardless of the commodity. The best salesmen I've known could, with some training, have been successful selling stocks, real estate, used cars, antiques, pork bellies, software or Girl Scout cookies. Personally, I would just as...
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posted: Wednesday August 6th - 11:07am

The Great ADHD De-Clutter

This weekend, I'm reclaiming control over my life! Well, over my computer and filing cabinets anyway... assuming it's not nice beach weather.

Bill Mehlman blogs about treating adult ADHD for ADDitudeMag.com
I'm totally fed up. There's so much garbage in my computer, on my bulletin board, and on my new clean-erase whiteboard — I'm not even beginning to account for the garbage in my head (see Fresh Kills Landfill for an idea of what that's like) — that I have no choice but to dedicate this weekend (assuming it's not going to be good beach weather, of course)...
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posted: Tuesday August 5th - 12:05pm

My Third-Grade Math Trauma

How math went from mind-cloggingly easy to totally incomprehensible a few decades back.

Bill Mehlman blogs about treating adult ADHD for ADDitudeMag.com
When I was in second grade, my mother got terribly tired of hearing me moan about how, in November, I knew that 3 + 5 = 8. I'd heard it a thousand times. It was boring. So, without discussing it with me, she walked over to my school (very Ozzie and Harriet) and talked the principal into putting me in third grade... on the day I...
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posted: Monday August 4th - 2:51pm

The ADHD Notebook - Pen Not Included

Vincent Van Gogh had adult ADD. Vincent Van Gogh used the Moleskine notebook. You'll never guess what I just bought...

Bill Mehlman blogs about treating adult ADHD for ADDitudeMag.com
Okay, okay. I'm a label whore. Shoot me. Yesterday I went out and bought a Moleskine. - the ruled, reporter-style notebook. I figured that having the binding across the top, rather than on the side, makes it less likely to fall apart. Fits nicely in my back pocket. Has a little fold-out pocket inside the back cover in which you can keep.. . business cards,...
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