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Top 10 Ways to Manage Adult ADHD

by Pete Quily on February 21, 2008 · 72 comments

There are many ways how to manage or deal with Adult Attention Surplus Condition, aka Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Here are a few.

Top Ten Ways to Manage Adult ADHD

1. ADHD Coaching. More for adults than children. Pills can be useful but pills don’t teach skills, they’re not designed to. They can, however, put you in a better place to learn them through ADHD coaching or therapy.Once you stop using ADHD meds, their effectiveness is gone. Learned skills from ADHD coaching last longer.

Here are some of the ADHD related problems we ADHD coaches help you learn how to solve. Adult ADHD Coaching focuses on practical day to day ways to manage adult ADHD more effectively at work and at home.

Generally speaking, therapy is more focused on helping you understand and heal the past so you have a better present. ADHD coaching is more focused on taking practical action in the present and the future.

Adult ADHD Coaches work on helping you learn to more effectively manage the challenges of ADHD and identifying and developing the strengths of having ADHD. They work over the phone for 3-4 sessions per month. I offer a free 15 minute consultation and many other coaches do too.

2. ADHD Medication. Not the tool of the devil, not the magic cure all. Just a useful tool that has been studied more than probably 98% of any medications that you’ve taken, and stimulants have been used for 70 years. Talk to people who’ve actually taken medications for ADHD and a doctor that’s experienced in dealing with adult with ADHD before you make up your mind. Here’s some articles on ADHD medications, lists of companies making ADD medications and detailed clinical pdf’s on ADHD meds go to CADDRA.ca then click on practice guidelines, (they always change the direct link) and ways to deal with side effects (scroll down to chp 10). If you do try ADD meds, at least give them an honest try, it takes a while to find the right med(s) and the right dose. Keep in mind meds are a partial solution, even ADHD drug companies don’t say they’re a complete solution

3. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy by someone that knows about Adult ADD. The knowing ADD part is crucial whether its a therapist or coach.

Just like coaching it’s also crucial to have a good fit with the therapist. Therapy is useful in uncovering, understanding & dealing with things from your past that aren’t resolved and interfere with your present functioning. Some people, especially men, view going to a therapist as a sign of weakness. I view it as a sign of strength and courage. That you have the guts to look inside yourself instead being too weak and afraid to do so. So if you need to go to one, go, don’t be a wuss.

4. ADHD Support Groups. There’s a lot of info on the net about Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I have a 150+ page website on Adult ADHD and even more info on this blog, believe learning about Adult Attention Deficit Disorder is important, but it can be really useful to meet other ADDers in person.

They’ll all “get” Attention Deficit Disorder, you don’t have to explain what it is to them, it’s helpful to meet others with the same problems & gifts, plus we’re not boring people:)

I have a list of Canadian ADHD support groups by province and a list of US ADHD support groups and International ADHD support groups. If you’re in Vancouver come visit the group I lead, the Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group. If there’s no group in your area, create your own like I did, check out the section on how to start, run and promote a support group.

5. Adequate Diet. Keeping the race car brain running smoothly. Feeding your ADHD brain with a good diet, especially adequate dopamine building protein in the morning, and Essential Fatty Acids are important. Adders often forget meals and water. Starving your brain doesn’t make you smarter.

6. Exercise boosts the 3 main neurotransmitters associated with Adult ADHD. Dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine and the feel good beta-endorphins and relieves stress. Exercise is the number one non medical way to deal with ADHD, depression, anxiety and stress. Make sure you chose exercise that’s interesting to you vs. what you think you “should” do. Not everyone likes the gym.

7. Learning to Slow down and Stop. So you don’t crash. Take regular, short, non electronic breaks or your brain will slow down/shut down/or distract/procrastinate out, all very common problems with ADHD Adults. This is the #1 way to be more efficient at work. Especially when you’re “too busy” to take a break.

8. Meditation. Think deep mental refreshment. Why do those Buddhist monks always look so chilled out? Race car ADHD brains need pit stops and tune ups or they burn out.

I’ve done a wide variety of different types of meditations off and on for 20+ years.  If you’re a beginner, start with active forms of meditation first, NOT passive ones (i.e., don’t start staring at the wall and thinking of nothing).

Active forms of meditation involve your senses, i.e., body, breath, voice, ears, or fingers, so it’s easier for ADHD adults to focus and avoid getting distracted and helps to calm the monkey mind. Check out the book The Mindfulness Prescription for ADHD written by a psychiatrist.

  • Would you expect to go from not running to trying to run for 30 minutes the first time? Then don’t expect to meditate 15-20 minutes at the beginning. Try 2-3 minutes at first everyday and slowly work up.

9. Tutors or Educational Psychologists that know about ADHD. See my section on teaching students with ADHD.

10. Professional Business and Personal Help. Professional Organizers that know about ADHD, bookkeepers, virtual assistants, secretarial help, cleaning services etc.

Smart, successful people delegate what they don’t like, or aren’t good at. Especially if you have your own business, hiring someone to do the paperwork should be the first thing you pay for, it can make the difference between success and constant struggle and frustration. In Canada try Professional Organizers of Canada, and in the US try Napo.

What are some ways you manage your ADHD?

{ 65 comments… read them below or add one }

Steve k August 29, 2008 at

I always had trouble processing sales orders at work. My office always made a position for a sales assistant which cleaned up my mess. Drug use really peaked my career but I went sober with multi dui’s. My life was blah sober but after 6 months I had to restart and am now real comfortable.. Now I need to recover my spending and debt I created being add. Hope you can curb the danger and use the positive of this disability

Wendy January 11, 2009 at

I work with someone who I suspect has ADD and I would LOVE some tips on how to work more effectively with someone who has ADD; something concrete so I don’t get caught up in the frustration and noise of their disorganization. Thanks.

Pete Quily January 13, 2009 at

Hi Wendy,
you might want to look at some of the ADD in the workplace articles i have on my website here for you and also for the suspected ADDer

http://www.addcoach4u.com/addintheworkplacearticles.html

you also might suggest they look at the adult adhd screener test here.
http://www.addcoach4u.com/adultaddtest.html

It’s important that you don’t stigmatize ADD or they might react negatively and avoid dealing with it, so maybe mention some of the positives or people do well with ADHD ie some posts here
http://adultaddstrengths.com/category/add-strengths/

I’d also recommend the book add friendly ways to organize your life

Taryn Lundrigan March 30, 2009 at

Top 10 Ways to Manage Adult ADHD http://tinyurl.com/27wrfs

Taryn Lundrigan March 30, 2009 at

Top 10 Ways to Manage Adult ADHD http://tinyurl.com/27wrfs

Pete Quily April 9, 2009 at

@RealJustinBrock #adhd can’t be “cured”. It can be managed. Here’s 10 ways to manage ADHD. http://bit.ly/uQrp3

Pete Quily April 9, 2009 at

@RealJustinBrock #adhd can’t be “cured”. It can be managed. Here’s 10 ways to manage ADHD. http://bit.ly/uQrp3

Pete Quily April 20, 2009 at

@witeshadow false dichotomy. Best way to deal with #adhd is multiple methods even on meds try other things too. 10 ways http://bit.ly/uQrp3

Pete Quily April 20, 2009 at

@witeshadow false dichotomy. Best way to deal with #adhd is multiple methods even on meds try other things too. 10 ways http://bit.ly/uQrp3

stephen May 11, 2009 at

struggling w/ adhd. wife near end of patience. have to make moves on my own to deal.

know any good resources / folks for adhd in jackson, wy?

thank you.

Pete Quily May 11, 2009 at

Stephen for medical resources check out my US ADHD Support Groups Listings to find recommendations for local doctors

http://www.addcoach4u.com/support/usadhdsupportgroups.html

for ADHD coaches, 95% of us work over the phone so location is irrelevant.

Pete Quily May 22, 2009 at

@SunshyneBlu oops tweeted too soon #2. 10 Ways to Manage Adult #ADHD http://bit.ly/uQrp3

Pete Quily May 22, 2009 at

@SunshyneBlu oops tweeted too soon #2. 10 Ways to Manage Adult #ADHD http://bit.ly/uQrp3

lil June 18, 2009 at

Is ADHD recognized as a disability for adults in IDEA??

Pete Quily June 30, 2009 at

@crystalynngee here’s 10 ways to manage #Adult ADHD to get you started http://bit.ly/uQrp3

Pete Quily June 30, 2009 at

@crystalynngee here’s 10 ways to manage #Adult ADHD to get you started http://bit.ly/uQrp3

Pete Quily October 6, 2009 at

.@ParanoidMike yes exercise does help #ADHD boosts 3 neurotransmitters associated with ADHD. see #6 on my post here http://bit.ly/1Rdhs

Pete Quily October 6, 2009 at

.@ParanoidMike yes exercise does help #ADHD boosts 3 neurotransmitters associated with ADHD. see #6 on my post here http://bit.ly/1Rdhs

Dr. Joy Davidson October 6, 2009 at

RT @petequily: Exercise boosts 3 neurotransmitters assoc w/ adult #ADHD & depression. See item 6 on post here: http://bit.ly/1Rdhs

Dr. Joy Davidson October 6, 2009 at

RT @petequily: Exercise boosts 3 neurotransmitters assoc w/ adult #ADHD & depression. See item 6 on post here: http://bit.ly/1Rdhs

Wade Hall October 6, 2009 at

RT @DrJoyDavidson: RT @petequily: Exercise boosts 3 neurotransmitters assoc w/ adult #ADHD & depression. See #6 here: http://bit.ly/1Rdhs

Wade Hall October 6, 2009 at

RT @DrJoyDavidson: RT @petequily: Exercise boosts 3 neurotransmitters assoc w/ adult #ADHD & depression. See #6 here: http://bit.ly/1Rdhs

BBlake October 24, 2009 at

Steve K…I can totally relate! My brain is always ON and I can’t turn it off. I started using cocaine at 12 years old and believe it or not it SLOWED me down? WHAT? Most people get paranoid I get “level headed”. I have misdiagnosed for 30+ years as Bilpolar! yet I can’t sit still? After 22 months clean and sober I am finally realizing I am NOT Bipolar, but ADD! My Mom used to take me to shrinks in the early 70′s but they didn’t know much about ADD back then! Now I can’t seem to get organized, I talk too much and I get myself in trouble ALL the time with my “over reactions”! after a year on chemo and now 6 mos off ADD it REALLY showing! thank God I decided to get help and made an appointment with a Psych. unfortunatley it is not until Jan, I pray I canmake it until then!

Pete Quily December 8, 2009 at

@slackerdiva Good. Here's a place to start Top 10 ways to manage adult #ADHD http://bit.ly/1Rdhs

barbar gray January 6, 2010 at

i love having adhd it is very fun when i was a child i hated it cause many kids called me crazzy but now i love it

Pete Quily February 5, 2010 at

Lil, it’s complex, see
http://www.healthcentral.com/adhd/education-153394-5.html

BBlake sadly far to many people with ADHD self medicate with drugs and alcohol since they boost dopamine, the brain chemical ADDers are in short supply and the one that ADHD medications and other things like exercise, meditation etc increase.

Maybe you can get the word out to other people about ADHD and addictions so they don’t go through what you went through.

Barbar, once you learn to manage it more effectively and use it as an asset it totally changes your perspective on it

Lisa Schlesinger May 3, 2010 at

Got #ADHD? Not sure how to manage it? Check this out. http://bit.ly/d4NDjk

Randy E Miller May 30, 2010 at

RT @petequily: Top 10 Ways to Manage Adult ADHD http://bit.ly/uQrp3 #fb

Andre September 12, 2010 at

Thank you for this site. It is nice to see a place where I can come and not be told that I do not have ADD, but a laziness problem, or a talking too much problem, or some other problem… I’m sure many who visit this site have heard similar things. Thanks again.

Pete Quily September 14, 2010 at

you’re welcome Andre, yes unfortunately people with ADHD hear it all the time. Maybe when some of those people with ADHD stop taking it and start responding to that ignorance and stigma, and making it unacceptable to say such things, things will change.

julia November 12, 2010 at

This has been amazing. I’m so glad I found this site because I’ve been so appologetic and confused to friends & loved ones for years over why I have certain behaviour. My mom first brought up the ADHD factor which I didn’t dismiss, but rather, told her I would look into. Not surprisingly, when I read much of the info and statements on this site, I found I should follow up with my research on this and actively seek a professional diagnosis. I was wondering if there were any reccomended groups or Dr.s you might have for me, in the North East NJ area. Thank you for your time :)

Shai December 5, 2010 at

I tried to buy the DVD but the page went to an error message, please email me with the information to purchace the DVD “ADD and loving it” I think it can really help me from the bit I caught on television

Shai

Pete Quily December 5, 2010 at

Hi Julia,

start your search at my list of us adhd support groups find one closest to you and ask them, not everyone is trained in ADHD

http://addcoach4u.com/support/usadhdsupportgroups.html

Pete Quily December 5, 2010 at

Hi Shai,

you should contact http://totallyadd.com directly.

I didn’t make the film I just thought it was amazing and want to help get the word out about it

Shai December 6, 2010 at

Thank you. I will |:D

clayton February 15, 2011 at

Some of the people on this blog are very interesting. I always thought I had ADHD or something was different about me, just I have never went to the doctor about it, must have been procrastinating because the ADHD lol. I think I will try meditation maybe.

Dustin B. July 15, 2011 at

Growing up diagnosed with ADD was very difficult. It can feel like society and schools slap a label on you and throw you in a box for their own convenience, because they don’t have the mental capacity to keep up with you. But as I sought therapy, medication, and guidance my life changed in to something beautiful. I served in the Peace Corps and started a successful small business. As I became an adult, I realized that we with ADD/ADHD are blessed with imaginations beyond the reach of most. We are the movers and the shakers of this world, and we always have been. So to all of you who currently suffer, seek help, harness your disability and turn it in to a gift. And don’t let anyone’s labels stop you from realizing exactly what you are…. a genious.

Annie July 21, 2011 at

Hey Dustin B.,

thanks for your post! It was just what I needed today and it really made me feel great! I’ve been recently diagnozed with ADHD, and it’s hard, but you are right – “once we get our groove on”, we are just uniquely genious!

Thanks to you and Pete Quily for the great articles!

Pete Quily July 22, 2011 at

Hi Dustin, labels like ADHD are neutral. They can be used to identify, and target treatment and help or to criticize, condemn and stigmatize. It depends on how they’re used.

Sadly too many ignorant of ADHD use the label as a weapon against us and most people with ADHD and their families rarely speak out in public against that and make it socially unacceptable to do so.

agree with you on the gifts.

Pete Quily July 22, 2011 at

Thanks Annie

Dustin B. August 9, 2011 at

You’re absolutely right Pete. The labels can be used for better or for worse. I really do appreciate your articles. It’s those like you who are leading the fight to help people who suffer through the inability to grasp or harness their ADHD. The more we learn about ourselves, the more we can become the diciplined creative thinkers that these troubling times need us to be. Keep up the good work Pete.

Pete Quily August 12, 2011 at

Thanks Dustin

BM August 27, 2011 at

In 2006 I began my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I felt that I was struggling to retain information and study and still only getting average marks. I went to the University’s Learning Centre because my daughter had recently been diagnosed with a learning disability and knowing they can be hereditary, I thought maybe I might have the same disability. After being tested the psychologist said that I probably do have a learning disability but due to my age (48 at the time) I had probably learned to compensate. However, after going further into the interview, she tested me for ADHD and did a positive diagnosis for this. The diagnosis was helpful in that it allowed me to have certain allowances regarding exam writing. I was allowed to write in a quiet room alone and was given more time. After the diagnosis I was never given any advice on how to cope with this condition. I did graduate and recieved my BScN and am working, but I am no further ahead in coping with this condition. I have huge problems organizing myself and am a chronic procrastinator. This frustrates me and makes me feel helpless. Having said all this, I really do not want to resort to medications. I would love any advice on strageties that might help me. I don’t even know if there is a Dr in my province who could help me even if I chose to go to one.

Pete Quily August 27, 2011 at

Hi BM,

Look for an adhd support group in your province here

more info on adhd on my website here

for some strategies see the free resources under these categories on my blog

ADD / ADHD Treatment

ADD / ADHD and Technology

ADD / ADHD Organization

and if you want strategies customized to how you think and work you could also try one on one adult ADHD coaching, I offer a free 30 minute sample session so you can see if we’re a good fit and if you think I’d be useful to what you’re going through.

Wanda September 1, 2011 at

I’m 52 years old…and have just now realized what my problem is. After 52 years of thinking I was crazy, I’m now hoping to be treated for this condition that periodically turns my world up side down. All of the life long behaviors that I thought were my personality turns out to be an un diagnosed condition. The lack of concentration, the inability to deal with stress, short fuse, and foggy thinking, my mind racing and the world not moving fast enough to accomplish my goals, sleepless night, crashing for days at a time. Now I’m concerned about who I am underneath all the confusion. Please keep me in your prayers.

DMW October 29, 2011 at

This is very helpfull i have been struggling for years and decades but now i understand and its good to know that you are not alone in this…I like the comment from Dustin and i would like to here more from him how one can tune on this special gift…I believe ADHD people are highly gifted people.

Thanx Alot

Lee November 2, 2011 at

Hi, I happen to be up (go figure) surfing the web for sites pertaining to studying/learning with adult ADHD. I am currently in a fast track learning college taking Community Service Worker, I LOVE this program and am realizing that I know this stuff naturally…I am actually maintaing a 96% average for the first time in my life I am an honour student. My grades have always been 60 ish% or lower, just enough to pass. I actually feel like a smart person. But I am struggling with the over whelming course load. I have only read 2 chapters out of 19 and am scared that it will bite my in the …….. I really would love to find a site that offers free advice for struggling adult students with ADHD. I use to love having ADHD, but now am finding it hard to deal with things as I age. I’ve had a major flood, horrible nieghbours that constantly harrass me, sleeping on the living room floor on a mattress with my hub, NO PRIVACY (4 kids n mom in law), just started a major heavy workload course (which has all transpired since May of 2011 and this is just half of what has happened withing the last 12 months) and hub working p/t on just over min wage. My coping skills are nill at this point as my life is in caios. I am not looking for sympathy just a way to get some help. I’m frustrated, we just finish a chapter on ADD/ADHD and was amazed at what I didn’t know. Do you or anyone here think that a person with this disorder can work in the mental health field maybe even in this field. Well I’m off as my mind is wandering onto many other things. Look forward to hearing from someone. THanks for taking the time to read this ramble. Have a good one..Cheers! Lee.

Dustin B. November 4, 2011 at

DMW-
Alot of what you read in the steps and advice that Pete mentions are ways that you can harness your fast working mind. You can use it as an ability to introduce creativity in to what ever field you fall in to or are already in. Also, I’ve noticed that the more I am actively engaged in activities the more I stand out from the crowd. Active learning and active participation has always kept me from wandering too far off course. But make no mistake, your curse is also a blessing and you are wired this way for a reason. It’s times like these where us “movers and shakers” are needed, and your wandering mind has the ability to find answers where others have been stumped. Dig deep, harness yourself, and stay focused. You will amaze yourself at what you can think of and accomplish.

PETER T November 23, 2011 at

HAVE TAKEN THE 5 MINUTE TEST AND I HAVE ALWAYS FELT THAT I HAD SOME DEFECIT DIFFICULTIES SINCE A CHILD AND THAT HAS CONTINUED TODATE. HAVING MS HAS ALSO GREATLY COMPOUNDED MY PROBLEMS.

brandon mortimer December 13, 2011 at

Awesome info. thanks

Ed January 30, 2012 at

Hi all,

Appreciate the website, some useful comments and articles here.

Suspect I might be ADHD, have begun process of booking a session with a psych therapist – any advice on how to conduct the session? I don’t want to “internet diagnose” as I know that annoys doctors in general. Nor do I want to lead my therapist down a particular path. I was thinking of just going in and saying “This is what I am experiencing, now you tell me what’s wrong”.

Would that be an appropriate approach? Or should I mention my suspicions at the outset?

Appreciate your input and assistance. Again, thanks to the website maker, and all for comments etc.

Pete Quily January 30, 2012 at

Thanks Ed,

you don’t have to conduct the session they do, main thing is to make sure they actually are trained enough in adhd to do a proper diagnosis, you have to assume they’re not. So ask your closest adhd support group for some names of people who can diagnose adhd, go in a list of what you think are symptoms and they should do the rest

Annely February 27, 2012 at

I’m 24 and I found out I have ADD only recently. I cried because it has been obstructing my studies and work for the majority of my life and I felt hopeless, but I want to try out these tips you’ve given here. Hopefully they’ll change my life. Thank you :)

Pete Quily February 27, 2012 at

You’re welcome Annely. There’s always hope.

alan March 23, 2012 at

I found out I got adult adhd yesturday start my meds 2moz

Pete Quily March 23, 2012 at

welcome to the club Alan. Keep in mind it can take some time to find the right med(s) and the right dose. They’re called med trials not med psychics:)

Crystal May 12, 2012 at

Reading some of these comments wow! I have been clean for 3.5yrs now and I am loving life. I had a major addiction to coke, crack and opiates-I also was a needle user. But I am having trouble moving on in life. Not with drugs but other things. Someone mentioned racing thoughts, my head never stops and I am always thinking the negative. I can’t get anything organized in my home, I will start a project and get side tracked very easily. I also go through these crying fits(I think it is frustration)and anger I have trouble dealing with. I have only been diagnosed about 1 year and I haven’t really done any research until lately because of problems I am having getting a job that I just paid $10,000 to help upgrade my education. I am worried that maybe I made a wrong career choice and I want to learn how to make the best of my ADHD. I want to get a job where my energy and positive attitude can help me succeed instead of people looking at me like I need to take another pill? I am on concerta and it helps me I guess but I don’t want to just take the medicine I need help on where I can get the most help with this. Also my hubby and my 10yr old son are diagnosed with ADHD as well and take the concerta too. I don’t want my son having to take pills and I am worried for him future as well because of my drug days, is he going to do it to?, how can I help him stop this? I just thought I would write a few things but I am wondering what kinds of jobs would be happy to have someone with energy like me? I am also going to try the meditation, hoping that it will help with my memory loss, and help me slow down before I get to the crash point. Thanks for you time
Crazy Crystal

David July 25, 2012 at

Im 25 years old and having trouble staying foccusd at work. I was on meds when I was in school and have been off for many years. I was wondering if there was a vitamin that I can buy to help me out. Any help will be greatly appriciated thank you.

Pete Quily July 31, 2012 at

not really David,but lots of snake oil salesman that will try and sell you them. adhd meds, exercise, music, being kind to others all boost dopamine which helps you focus. plus taking breaks to refresh your brain

Binda October 11, 2012 at

Hi Pete,

Great site and many useful tips and insightful information on others experience of ADD!

I am 41 and i’m certain i have ADD through self-discovery and prognosis! In the UK the medical profession is reluctant to acknowledge ADD amongst adults at all !!

I am a natural / alt therapy kinda guy and tabs really do scare me!!

I’m not sure what you think of binaural beats (particularly alpha frequency) but i am finding they help a lot !!

Also my meditation is focused around Yoga – Kundalini in particular !! This has helped and these are new strategies so only time will tell but I hope this will turn out to be a gift for us all :) Peace !

Pete Quily October 11, 2012 at

Thanks Binda,

well adhd stimulant meds have been used for 70 years, hundreds if not thousands of studies on them, more than probably any medication you’ve ever taken. They generally know the good the bad the ugly of them. But a lot of people believe the stigma against meds because some people have a vested financial interest in stigmatizing them to sell their adhd”cures”.

But even if you take adhd meds, they’re just part of the solution, not a complete one. Meditation is great for adhd been doing it off and on for 20+ years. Don’t know much about binaural, somethings work for some people not others. just watch out with kundalini yoga you know when to avoid over stimulating yourself ie breath of fire, esp if in an anxious state, could increase anxiety

Joanna February 7, 2013 at

I suspect my husband has ADD/ADHD and it’s been driving me up the wall. I really need to know if there is something I can do to help him deal with it. Please help…

Pete Quily February 12, 2013 at

Try asking him Joanna. Also learn more about adhd, I have info on this blog, more on my website and check out the ADHD marriage website

Kelly T April 18, 2013 at

I stumbled across this site when I was revisiting ADD/ADHD information on the web to share with my new girlfriend and wanted to sound off with some advise for what it is worth. I say revisit because I was diagnosed over 5 years ago with ADD and read everything I could find about it when I first found out. I’ve been taking Adderall ever since and for me it is a blessing. I wouldn’t begin to preach it’s value to anyone else because I know that the drug is only part of the equation. I struggle with being verbose which is part of my ADD but to keep this simple and linear (again not my strength) I want to give my 2 cents worth for anyone looking for help.

If you are looking for a pill that will solve all your ADD issues…it doesn’t exist. Read, learn and educate yourself and use meds to give you an extra leg up….they will make some things easier but you still need to put forth the effort and work to make any significant changes.

Unless you are a teenager of younger…you already have developed ways of managing your ADD/ADHD from a lifetime of experience and may not even have considered what you already know about yourself. The strengths and talents that come from having ADD should be apparent to you…use them. Eliminate those that are not effective or even detrimental and focus on the ones that work and develop new one around the ones you already know. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Accept yourself for who you are and that you are different. Don’t be a victim to your ADD, yourself or anyone else’s opinions of you. It can be a fine line between knowing that you may appear different…do things differently….or even becoming annoying or a nuisance to others without falling prey to what other people think about you or becoming self righteous and indignant yourself.

Simply put…you can be assertive and self confident without being a total ass hole about it but you don’t have to beat yourself up every time you meet someone who doesn’t like you because of your ADD/ADHD behaviors and tenancies.

Bottom line for me: When I stopped taking things personally and used my focusing abilities on staying positive and not being a victim to it, I was then able to take ownership of having ADD and was able to tell people and talk to them about it (as with my new girlfriend) which has stopped the insecurities about having it which were a huge obstacle in moving forward for me. The Adderall is a huge help with the symptoms but the major change came in understanding it and accepting that it is a part of who I am and don’t feel the need to apologize to others as long as I am not using it as an excuse for bad behavior or using it to be a victim or having victim mentality. This I have come to understand is one of the biggest pitfalls to having ADD and in my humble opinion, needs to be addressed first before all other things.

Thanks Pete for the site and the information in it. I’ve learned some view new things here that I’m sure I will make good use of.

Pete Quily April 23, 2013 at

Thanks Kelly, great comment. meds just part of the equation not full answer, but no one claims they are, not even pharm reps.
Yes important to move beyond the victimization many adders find themselves in, not an easy thing, but well worth the effort.

Glad you like my blog have a look at my website for more ADDCoach4u.com. great ideas you’ve mentioned

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