May 292015

ADHD and Exercise, Benefits, Obstacles To Exercising, And Solutions To Those Obstacles. Here are notes taken from my Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group meeting about this topic. I started the group in 2004 and have I think 29 notes from our meetings on various topics relating to ADHD, have a look at a few.

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ADHD and Exercise. Exercise is the provider of dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine & beta-endorphins and reducer of stress and helper that makes it easier to focus on boring tasks.

Exercise is the number one non medical way to manage ADHD. I often suggest to my adult ADHD coaching clients to exercise before they have to do boring or repetitive tasks, it will help make it easier for them to do them and to get more of it done because it will be easier for them to focus with all that extra dopamine.

Mar 272015

See also my Day 1 Notes, Tweets and Photos from the 2015 BIL conference.

Here are my notes, tweets and photos from day 2 of the BIL conference, twitter @bilconf , Sunday March 22nd 2015 and live tweeted it from my @petequily twitter account using the hashtag #bil2015. Depending on when your reading this, twitter might still have some of my tweets on it see or others tweeting about it at #bil2015 or as twitter often does, gets rid of most if not all of them.

Sorry for the sometimes blurry photos, basic cell phone camera and was at the far back of the room.

Photographers photographing photographers in the lobby of the BIL Conference.

photographers photographing photographers bilconference sunday in lobby



Anica John. Deciding to be Happy; a Scientific Approach

Mar 262015

Update. Here’s my post on day 2, sunday of the BIL Conference.

I went to the BIL conference, twitter @bilconf last weekend, Saturday and Sunday March 21st and 22nd at The Imperial, the 2nd time they’ve had it in Vancouver, BC and live tweeted it from my @petequily twitter account.

BIL is an open source unconference like The Northern Voice community blogging and social media conferences that went on in Vancouver from 2005 to 2013. I attended all NV ones except the 2005 one. Highly recommend them if they start up again. BIL is the excellent non billionaire/millionaire’s version of the TED conference. BIL is

Open to the public and fully participant driven, our yearly gathering features a wild mix of technologists, scientists, artists, hackers, and those with a passion for community awareness, social entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Mar 032015

#17. This post is a part of a series where people answer my anonymous survey question on the ADHD Catch 22. If you have ADHD but haven’t gone public with it, what would it take to you go public with ADHD?

If you have ADHD but haven’t gone public with it, what would it take to you go public with ADHD?shareasimage

There are risks and rewards for going public with ADHD AND for staying hidden in the ADHD closet. See this post for context on the series.

“I have gone public with ADHD and my former employer who didn’t believe my diagnosis made my life a living hell and eventually after fighting for adjustments to be made for me to continue my work I resigned.

I feel that someone has to start the dialogue and inform employers etc about the issue and what simple accommodations can be made, for example , a flexible schedule, a semi private office, spending time with the employee on how best to share information etc.

Dec 042014

Better late than never eh?

Cross posted to

Final BC ADHD Awareness Week 2014 Badge with URL

Thanks to our volunteers for making this week happen.  Andrew, Barb, Chris, Christopher, Hazel, Jade, Jennifer, Kat, Maggie, Marc, and Paul. And thanks to Mike for his $500 donation which allowed us to print the posters and support group brochures and the adult ADHD screener test to metro Vancouver libraries and bookstores.

Also thanks to the members of the Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group who helped out with donations.

In 2003 we had ADHD books displays at 78 Libraries and bookstores throughout 23 cities in the Lower Mainland.

In 2014, we went outside the lower mainland and nearly tripled the communities. We had 122 BC Libraries and bookstores in 68 BC communities in every region of BC with BC ADHD Awareness week book displays with ADHD books, books by ADHD authors who have written non add books, and our posters, brochures on both ADHD support groups and the Adult ADHD Screener test.