I’m excited to announce that my PsychCentral blog, ADHD from A to Zoë has been included in ADDitude Magazine‘s top blogs written by ADHD adults for 2015.
Writing my blog was a great way to explore all things ADHD. After all, I started writing it shortly after my own late-in-life diagnosis at age 47. I had a lot of catching up to do. Writing and researching topics from ADHD and hyperactivity, to ADHD medications and everything in between was a great way to learn what I needed to know personally. Sharing my journey was a great way to build a community amongst other adults with ADHD who were also seeking information, support, and perhaps most importantly – a community of like-minded individuals.
Writing has always been a way for me to explore the world, both inner and outer. When writing, thoughts, ideas, and connections burble up that you didn’t even know were there. A piece can take you in a totally unexpected direction. It’s been a privilege sharing these sometime random thoughts with readers, and a delight to hear back from so many, expanding the dialogue and creating a safe space for us to feel accepted just as we are.
I haven’t been posting much lately; writing my book, ADHD According to Zoë, was an arduous (but worthwhile) process, after which I had to take some down time to recharge my writing batteries.
There are so many new ADHD offerings out there since I began my blog ADHD from A to Zoë. If you haven’t already, check out ADDitude Magazine’s 2015 listing of “Blogs We Love.” If you’re an adult with ADHD, you’re sure to find one that speaks to you.
The ADHD stereotype of a rambunctious boy is alive and well. As we learn more about ADHD in girls and women, we’re starting to realize that many girls end up falling through the cracks, missing ADHD diagnosis and treatment. In this video I’ll explain what to look for in girls with ADHD and how to get an accurate ADHD diagnosis.
“Can’t you sit still for five minutes?”
Apparently not. But at least now, years later, I have an explanation in answer to my mom’s question, if only she were alive to hear it. Turns out my excess energy is simply hyperactivity.
Perhaps I should have been tipped off by the tempo of conversations with my friend Chris (who was diagnosed with ADD as a child). Our dialogues have always been like a pool game with both of us taking shots at the same time, bouncing rapid-fire thoughts between topics without skipping a beat.
In Spanking Hurts ADHD Kids More Than You Think, Part I, we considered the first 2 of 7 critical factors that suggest that spanking may be especially detrimental to ADHD kids.
Having considered an ADHD child’s heightened sensitivity and their parent(s)’ possible undiagnosed ADHD as two reasons to rule out spanking, let’s move on to the 5 final considerations.
Recently, I read Parenting a Child With ADHD – Is Spanking Helpful? by ADHD expert Keath Low. Low does a good job of explaining why it’s difficult to parent a child with ADHD, and offers some general guidelines on how to do so appropriately.
From my perspective, some critical considerations about whether or not to spank a child with ADHD need to be added to the discussion.
In 2006, at the age of 47, I was diagnosed with ADHD. I’ve been researching adult ADHD ever since. I was taken by surprise when a visitor to my blog, ADHD from A to Zoë, posted a comment about the connection between severe obesity and adult ADHD.
I hadn’t heard of the connection before. The writer, we’ll call him Jerry, is a 52-year-old male who’d undergone bariatric surgery a year ago. Recently, Jerry was diagnosed with ADHD. Jerry says the discovery of ADHD has been life-changing for him.
It’s spring (aka, roofing season). It’s time to tackle the last major job on my new house (I hope).
One contractor suggested it would be cheaper and faster to cover over the old roof tiles.
Then someone explained that if we did it the fast, cheap way, I’d never know if the boards underneath were rotting. I’d just be covering up the problem, which could lead to even more expensive repairs down the road when my roof sprung a leak.
Makes sense, I thought.
It also happens to be a great analogy for dealing with negative feelings.