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posted: Friday February 15th - 1:51pm

Psychologist or Coach — Which Should I See?

"What is the difference between an ADHD coach and a psychologist? Should an ADHD coach be certified? Does an ADHD coach address emotional challenges from having undiagnosed ADHD for years?"

Beth Main - ADHD Coach and ADDitude Blogger
In general, psychologists facilitate healing, while ADHD coaches facilitate action. A psychologist spends more time on the emotional aspects of having ADHD and can treat co-existing conditions such as depression and anxiety. Coaches help clients develop skills and strategies to overcome executive function deficits such as planning, organizing, and time management. Coaching provides more accountability, so a coach may offer more frequent (possibly daily) contact between sessions...
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posted: Monday December 17th - 12:59pm

Building Your Network of Friends

"I am 39 years old, and I was diagnosed recently with ADHD and dysthymia. My first goal is to re-build my social support network to help me succeed in my business, which I own. What strategies would you recommend?"

Beth Main - ADHD Coach and ADDitude Blogger
Everyone needs people they can count on. Having a support network can make the difference between surviving and thriving. A self-employed ADDer needs people to bounce ideas off of, to celebrate accomplishments, and to give a hug when she needs one. Identify the people that you want in your network. It’s been said that we become the average of the five people we spend the most time...
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posted: Wednesday October 3rd - 4:05pm

Delegating and the Non-ADHD Spouse

For some ADHDers, "delegate" has become a euphemism for "dump on." Here's how delegation really works — without making others resent it.

In my last blog post, I wrote about how I delegated a difficult task to my teenage son. I described how we broke the task down into manageable pieces, and how in the end, he discovered a talent neither of us would have known about if I hadn't assigned him the chore. It was a win for both of us. I got some negative feedback from that...
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posted: Tuesday July 31st - 6:50am

The Art of Delegating

Here's how to delegate your work to get it done.

In my last blog post, I wrote about how I got back into art by leveraging my ADHD tendency to get distracted. I kept the project easily accessible so I could work on it here and there "just for a minute." I use quotes there because we all know that nobody can do anything for just one minute. (You do know that, right?) In that post,...
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posted: Thursday March 8th - 8:32pm

Creative Cure: Treating My ADHD With Art

It's too easy to push creative endeavors to the side when daily stresses and obligations pile up. But art - as an alternative therapy or simply a daily joy - is worth my attention.

Today was a monumental day: I finished a project. Why is this monumental? Because I’d been unable to get started on this project for a good five years. And when I did get started, the project went in fits and starts and dragged on for months before it finally caught fire. But once it caught, I made incremental progress every day. And finally, I feel fulfilled. Art...
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posted: Wednesday December 28th - 6:16am

ADHD Gadgets: Low-Tech Lanyards to the Rescue

Discreet, customizable, and attached to your hip, lanyards are a simple way to keep your keys where they belong -- and to deliver visual reminders to ADHD children with working-memory challenges.

Ever look down at the palm of your hand to check that important reminder only to find, to your dismay, a blue smudge of indecipherable ink? What can you do when you keep forgetting where you placed your keys or can't remember that thing you just had to do? You've got the ADHD-friendly smartphone, the right apps and a sleek new laptop. Yet you still struggle with losing...
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posted: Wednesday December 21st - 9:38am

How Beth Got Her Joy Back (Or Why I Downsized Christmas)

For years, I dreaded December -- the obligatory cards, the late-night baking, the shopping-list stress, the ADHD-fueled anxiety. Then I ditched it all... except the Christmas joy.

My childhood Christmas memories include cookie baking, tree decorating, and carol singing. Yes, really -- it was perfect. I remember all seven of us signing the dozens of cards sent to friends and family, and taking turns opening each day on the advent calendar. The presents were always highly anticipated -- and usually perfect. My godmother hummed Christmas songs, and always had a hug or a...
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posted: Wednesday December 14th - 6:00am

Sorry. I Forgot.

Memory and forgetting are irrefutably intertwined. You might say they go hand-in-hand for adults with ADHD.

No two handshakes are exactly alike. Some grips are gentle, others firmer. Then there's fist bumps and fancy finger moves. Gosh, in some cultures a simple, yet elegant bow is preferred. Others kiss instead. Despite sometimes bumping heads and awkward giggling, we carry on. So many different ways to do the same thing. My point? We all have different memory capacities. My strength may be your weakness...
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posted: Tuesday June 29th - 12:00pm

Adult ADD Guide to Healthy Confrontation

Use these conflict-resolution and management skills to communicate your difference of opinion with a trusted friend, loved one, or colleague, without fighting, losing confidence, and without letting an upset tone of voice or short fuse cause confusion or hurt feelings.

It seems like people with adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) either seek conflict or try to avoid it at all costs (perhaps as a result of some painful encounter in the past).  I suppose the same can be said for the general population -- most people just aren’t adept at confrontation.  But I do believe this is a skill most...
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posted: Friday June 11th - 2:00pm

Dieting Advice for ADHD Adults

The ADHD Coach shares how, after gaining 20 pounds, she's beginning to lose weight by practicing portion control, counting her calories, and paying closer attention to her nutrition and overall eating habits -- using these tools.

I gained 20 pounds over the last two years, which is a lot for me. I’ve been trying to lose the weight since winter, but the scales have not been my friend.  Nor has my regular routine. How could I be exercising for 20 minutes a day, eating healthy foods, and still gaining weight?  While I discovered firsthand that what they say...
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