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Stuck in the SPIN Cycle? How to Break Free

Frustrated and stalled instead of making progress in managing ADHD? These expert strategies will get you unstuck when you're in an ADHD rut.

4 Comments: Stuck in the SPIN Cycle? How to Break Free

  1. While these recommendations seem reasonable, it is obvious that the author writes from theory and not experience, is not ADD himself.

    We need not feel shame. We are simply cut from different cloth. The culture is created by and for the neurotypical and therefore deems them “normal.” and us somehow deficient. We need to stop comparing ourselves to them and stop trying to be like them by “correcting” our “deficiencies.”

    Those with psychopathic brains often assume positions of power and control within our culture and become quite “successful” but virtually no one urges people to take drugs and therapy to become more psychopathic.

    Ours is a difficult path through the dominant culture, but that doesn’t make us deficient. ADD people didn’t make the world the mess that it is. Insted of feeling shame we should feel compassion for the neurotypical who often wallow in delusions that our brains see right through. Let’s feel thankful for our gift.

    1. I very much agree with you; ADHD can actually be almost a gift in some ways, if one can manage to shift perspective and focus on strengths. I actually did this with PTSD, in a way. I realized PTSD is not what is “threatening” or what needs to be fixed. All ptsd is doing is trying to get my brain to keep me safe. While it has definitely been a challenge and something I have had to do a lot of work to learn to live and thrive with, it has also shown me how I am more observing, more apt to recognize signs of distress and silent calls for help from others, and how amazing our brains can be if we learn to work with our “disorder” to find the positives in them as well as life in general.
      I do want to point out, though, that Dr. Hallowell does have ADHD. That’s part of what makes him a really effective doctor and, in my opinion, qualifies him for teaching/treating ADHD more than others with a medical degree. This interview is great and I highly recommend watching more from the “How to ADHD” channel:

  2. This is why I love Dr. Hallowell so much! It’s exactly what I needed to read today. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 28, and I’ve lived with a lot of shame. I’m still very much working through it, so articles like these are just what I need. Thank you.

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