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posted: Friday August 29th - 1:43pm

ADHD Car Hunting

Impulse buys are harmless, frivolous fun... sometimes. One of those times is definitely not when purchasing a used car whose bad brakes and rusting exhaust aren't advertised.

The ADDitude college blogger writes about surviving college and succeeding in school with ADHD
For the past week or so I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect car. It has to be good on gas, not have too many miles on it, be small (but not 2 door), have at least some features like power locks, power windows etc. Oh, did I forget to mention it has to be cheap? Turns out there aren’t too many luxury cars for...
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posted: Tuesday August 26th - 11:55am

The Accidental Thief

Is it stealing if you borrow something and accidentally forget to return it thanks to a little ADHD?

The ADDitude college blogger writes about surviving college and succeeding in school with ADHD
I’ve been finding things that I borrowed from people and then never returned. It’s not that I really wanted it, so I just kept it; it’s just that I forgot to give it back. Under my desk is one of my sister’s black ballet flats. I would return it, except that I have yet to come across its match. She saw it the other day and...
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posted: Monday August 25th - 7:38am

ADHD Memory Paranoia

The constant worry that I forgot something rules my ADHD existence, and will bother me until I go back and make sure I really didn’t forget.

The ADDitude college blogger writes about surviving college and succeeding in school with ADHD
I really need to pay attention the first time I do something. It is the bane of my ADHD existence. I’m always questioning myself, hoping that I really did lock the door, turn off the stove, shut off the headlights, etc. At work I find myself going back and forth to the fax machine, waiting for my confirmation page to print. After 10 minutes I...
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posted: Friday August 22nd - 11:19am

Give Me My ADHD Meds-Now!

I’m so frustrated with doctors and prescriptions, I just want someone to give me the meds that I like and let me be.

The ADDitude college blogger writes about surviving college and succeeding in school with ADHD
I’m so frustrated with doctors, and prescriptions, and differing opinions. I just want someone to give me the meds that work; the ADHD medication that I like, and let me be. I went to the doctor last Thursday to get a new prescription for Ritalin. It was kind of a mess, because I had to see a psychiatrist at school to get academic accommodations, and...
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posted: Thursday August 21st - 2:04pm

ADHD Password Hell

Us ADHDers need something more simple than a six digit number and an eight character password for all our various computer accounts.

The ADDitude college blogger writes about surviving college and succeeding in school with ADHD
Forgot your username or password? God, do I hate seeing that message when I’m trying to log in to a Website, or one of my various rarely-used email servers. They should make another button that says ‘Have ADHD?’ Maybe then it could just let me log on, and not email my password to some other random email address that I’ve long since forgotten even existed...
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posted: Monday August 18th - 7:34am

Picking Up the ADHD Pieces

The problem with ignoring my problems is that they’re still there, and I still think about them, even if I'm not solving them.

The ADDitude college blogger writes about surviving college and succeeding in school with ADHD
After a few weeks of breaking all my promises to myself – like going to the gym, staying organized, and keeping up my part-time job – I’m finally getting myself back on track. Tonight, my sister and I went back to the gym. We skipped about three weeks, after we’d let our one-month membership expire last month. Finally, we decided enough is enough; we renewed...
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posted: Friday August 15th - 11:58am

ADHD College Struggles

Even though I had planned to complete college in four years, I’ve come to accept that I learn differently from the traditional college student.

The ADDitude college blogger writes about surviving college and succeeding in school with ADHD
Sometimes, things don’t turn out the way I planned. I planned to go back to college in September as a junior in the Civil Engineering program. As it turns out, that’s not how it worked out. I wasn’t exactly a star student at my college in the first place. My freshman year I didn’t tell anyone that I had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)...
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posted: Thursday August 14th - 11:40am

Roommate Wanted

A person with ADHD should never commit to something six months in advance, especially an apartment lease.

The ADDitude college blogger writes about surviving college and succeeding in school with ADHD
A person with ADHD like me should never commit to something six months in advance. Because I was planning on living at school and being a full-time student my junior year, I signed a lease with my friends for an apartment for next year. However, I’m not going back to college next semester, and I now have no reason (or money) to live in the...
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posted: Wednesday August 13th - 11:26am

ADHD Checks and Balances

The swipe-your-card-and-go method of shopping sure is convenient, but it’s not always the best choice for someone with ADHD.

The ADDitude college blogger writes about surviving college and succeeding in school with ADHD
The swipe-your-card-and-go method of shopping sure is convenient, but it’s not always the best choice for someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) like me. When I’m in the checkout line in a store, I open my wallet and automatically reach for my debit card. It’s just so easy to swipe my card, enter my pin, press accept and go. I don’t have to sort...
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posted: Friday August 8th - 12:43pm

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Midway through the summer and I've abandoned my gym membership, my college make-up work, and my cleaning pledge. Can I blame the ADHD? Or just the exhaustion?

The ADDitude college blogger writes about surviving college and succeeding in school with ADHD
Lately, I’ve been so overwhelmed with working every day, picking up extra hours at my part-time job, and still trying to enjoy the summer that I’ve forgotten a few things along the way. I’ve completely stopped working on making up the work for the incomplete I took last semester. My determination to finish before the last minute faded after about 2 of the 10 assignments. I...
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posted: Friday August 1st - 8:10am

5 Things I Love About ADHD

I can't list all the things I hate about having ADHD without listing some good things about ADHD too.

The ADDitude college blogger writes about surviving college and succeeding in school with ADHD
Don’t worry; I wasn’t going to go through all the things I hate about having ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) without telling some good things about ADHD too. 1) The never-ending optimism. Even if I’ve failed miserably at something, I always think it will be better the next time I try. Calculus class? I tried (and failed) twice. But after the first time I thought...
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