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  • in reply to: My life long story with ADD #189137
    hewart
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    Caleb,
    Sharing your experience is a great way to help us all learn. Like I have said before, find your ways to cope with your ADD. Understand it when it flares up and don’t be afraid to tell your little people to shut up when needed. For those moments when you have trouble recalling things like names, write it down. It will help. Use your phone to keep notes of important information you may need for later. I worked in IT for 40 years. I was a systems administrator, a data analysis and a network administrator. No, I never went to school for any of this. If I can do all of this without formal education, you can surely do as well with schooling. The key is to pick something you love and don’t ever give up. Having ADD and reading problems will never go away. so I leave you with the Marine credo “IMPROVISE, ADAPT AND OVERCOME.

    And always take a minute to laugh out loud at some of the things your little people come up with.

    in reply to: My life long story with ADD #189131
    hewart
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    Thanks for reading my post. Just wanted to throw in a note about ADD. If you have it now, you have had it all your life. For me, I was born in a time where no one new much about this. There is no cure as of yet. You need to develop ways to cope with it. Also, keep in mind that others in your family also may have it or a related condition. For example, being Bi-polar. My mother was bi-polar and never knew it. It was only after she died from this condition that I found enough information on the internet to explain what was causing her deep depression.

    Something else you should know, people with ADD are very creative. This makes them good problem solvers. Sometimes, it pays to give the little people something to do. When they are happy, they leave you alone to get important things done. Now, what do you give them to do ? If you like to listen to music, play the stuff you love to listen to. I play mine really loud sometimes. Learn something new. Not school stuff. Find something that surprises you. Something curios. I do this by reading news articles on the internet or just surfing key words to see what comes up. Sometimes I fact check crap on Facebook just to see if is really true.

    Just Remember. FEED THE LITTLE PEOPLE! They get hungry too.

    Have a great day.

    in reply to: My life long story with ADD #188643
    hewart
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    Ok my little brother or sister, here are some things to consider. In regard to being impulsive, keep in mind that there are other things that will cause that. For example, for the guys, testosterone. The more your body makes the worse it gets. The older you get the less it makes and that is when it all makes sense. Simply understanding what can cause a problem can be a big help in controlling it. In your case, you might want look for a way to direct your impulses into a positive thing. You sound like you know when this is going on. Try to reverse direction from watching movies to doing some light exercise for a few minutes. Don’t forget to turn off the TV before you start. Refocus on what you need to do and see if that puts you back on track. With ADD, those little people in your head get bored very easily. They will focus on some of the most weirdest things. They might see a colorful leaf on the ground and try to focus on it while you are in the middle of a conversation. The end result is neither gets done well. Don’t get upset, just blame it on the little people. I do, and get over it. The only way to deal with them is to lead them astray by forcing them to do something stupid. Once you stop laughing, keep your eyes on your subject and finish the conversation. It took me a long time to figure that out because I was a lot older before I realized I even had a problem. Oh, and one more thing. Don’t tell people you have little people living in your head. They might think you are crazy. I can get away with it because I am old and don’t care what other people think.

    Hope this helps.

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