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posted: Friday July 29th - 9:00am

Does ADHD, Social Anxiety Make Me Invisible?

Because of my attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and social anxiety, I feel invisible during the first few days of college. But surrounded by confident peers, how long can I refuse to practice my social skills?

I pace in tight circles around my 8-by-8 dorm room. The room is lit by blue-gray 5 a.m. light. I’ve been pacing since 11 p.m. Now sunrise is poking its intrusive face through my window. It flashes straight into my bloodshot eyes. I stub my toe on the foot of my cot and watch a toenail buckle. I throw my face into the cot’s sheets --...
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posted: Wednesday July 20th - 2:30pm

Financial Stress

As my debt mounts, my attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and anxiety make it hard to focus on making money. Can I manage my financial stress and get control of my finances before it's too late?

For the next 30 seconds, I will be perfectly calm. This idea passes through my mind as I squint at my bedroom wall through sleep-encrusted eyelids. For 30 more seconds, part of me will still be dreaming about my childhood Jack Russell terrier chasing sticks across a sunlit quad. But it's only a matter of time before my attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) mind begins eagerly whirring...
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posted: Thursday July 14th - 4:00pm

ADHD, Anxiety, College Demands…and the Return of Nicotine Cravings

Nicotine patches have helped me quit smoking, but is my own drive for perfectionism on my college exams, combined with ADD/ADHD, anxiety, and cravings for nicotine, driving me right back to the cigarettes that robbed me of my brain for so long?

Two weeks have gone by since I finished the last of my nicotine patches, and I haven’t touched a cigarette. Nicotine is the furthest thing from my mind, despite having spent the better part of high school and my first year of college smoking to self-medicated my symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and anxiety. Instead, midterm madness dominates my consciousness day...
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posted: Tuesday July 12th - 8:30am

How I Quit Smoking (a Work-in-Progress Story)

After turning to cigarettes to cope with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and anxiety during high school and college, with nicotine patches as my guide, I am on the path to quitting and improving my grades.

I wake up in the morning feeling naked, as though I have just been lifted from the grave. Every morning for the past six weeks the blaring alarm clock has woken me up, telling me that it’s 7:30 a.m., and I have felt this way, lifeless. Normally I would wake up, then remember it, that I've given up cigarettes -- the one...
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posted: Wednesday July 6th - 4:00pm

Seeking Help to Quit Smoking

Tired of the foggy and unfocused feeling cigarettes left me with as an adult with ADD/ADHD and anxiety, I sought the help of a smoking-cessation specialist to help me quit smoking.

In my last post, after nearly exploding at my mother in frustration at the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) symptoms I was experiencing, I went for a run to clear my head -- and it worked. “Mother!” I shouted in a disarmingly cheerful voice as I burst inside our house after my run. My mother, who was about to step outside the front door as I was...
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