Fantasizing about an “ADHD-free world?” 4 reasons to be careful what you wish for

Imagine a world where ADHD -- is no more. Maybe it's been solved by science, or perhaps the dreaded focus ills never found a place in the human mind to begin with. Regardless of the cause, I bet this hypothetical world is something you've already thought about as you contemplated what it would be like in the future. You know, when science solved everything? "Attention issues no more! We’re all freeee….." Not so fast. In this article we talk about what the good – and the bad – of an ADHD...
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Warning: You’re Pushing People Away By Not Managing These 4 ADHD Interpersonal Quirks

Warning - You're Pushing People Away By Not Managing These 4 ADHD Interpersonal Quirks
I have a love/hate relationship with parties. The music and the people are brain-scrambling loud, (at least when my friends control the sound system). All too often in my state of overwhelm bordering on panic, I sit alone in a corner, nursing my glass and thinking “what is going on upstairs?” To break the silence, I sometimes get unintentionally silly. A level of silliness that can only truly come from someone with severe ADHD tendencies, both good and bad. Being awkward isn’t fun. However...
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ADHD drivers are at high risk. Here are 4 ways to stay safer on the road

Driving Safely With ADHD - Infographic
  Handing any teenager the keys to a vehicle can be a nerve-wracking experience, let alone a teen with ADHD. Indeed, people of all ages with ADHD are 4 times more likely to receive a moving violation ticket, 2 times more likely to get into an accident , and 50% more likely to get into a serious accident involving injury. Thankfully, there's a lot we can do to minimize inattentiveness behind the wheel Special classes exist to train people on how to become more conscious of obstac...
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ADHD vs Bipolar Disorder – What’s the difference?

ADHD vs Bipolar - Infographic
Although both are mental health conditions, ADHD and bipolar disorder are two very different illnesses. Impaired executive functioning makes it harder for ADHD affected individuals to focus, prioritize tasks, keep track of time, and hold back certain impulsive behaviors. On the other hand, people with bipolar disorder can experience severe shifts in mood, energy, and emotions. These people often change from euphoric, or manic highs to crushing fits of depression. It is not fully unders...
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Does ADHD ever go away?

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"Will this condition ever fade away? Or will I have a mile-a-minute mind & wild impulsive streaks forever?"  Many kids and teens feel this question every time they have a bad ADHD experience. Life's harsh lessons have a way of making us look inwards, at our perceived flaws. And boy can it be a question that stings often. ADHD, particularly the hyperactive subtype, can instigate a horrible trifecta of negative feedback from parents, teachers, and even peers. For someone whose knowled...
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2 reasons why your focus floats like a lost butterfly

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How often has this happened:  The end of the day is rolling around – 8 hours of work -- and NOTHING was really done. You're not alone. Everyone else with ADHD has also been there, unfortunately. When I was younger, this was just a regular day in my high school (and even college) life! Focus floats around the ADHD mind like a zoned out butterfly, if given the chance. But only if you don't know how to put it in a jar. Here are a couple things you can do right away to bottle up your preci...
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How does Ritalin help the ADHD brain?

Meds: how do they help?
Normally I focus on practices that lead to natural ADHD relief. We have this focus on the blog. because lifestyle factors wield substantial impact on the ADHD mind. A change of personal habits can often be the solution on its own. But for some people, medications may be the only option that works. Nothing works 100% for everyone, after all. Ritalin is one of the most popular ADHD prescription medications available. It's a powerful drug, and for those considering it, they should know exact...
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ADHD in girls – Similar, yet different

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Ever hear that ADHD is overdiagnosed? Well, the facts point to exactly the opposite conclusion for girls and women. Quartz recently reported on new data that suggests we have an entire lost generation of women who struggle to manage this condition on their own during their early years. Social neglect has forced many such girls to fend for themselves. A condition wrongly fixated around boys "ADHD is not gender linked," says Dr. Patricia Quan, director of the Center for Gender Issues and ADHD...
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Unforgettable study lessons from my most difficult class in school

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I think everyone has memories of one class that sends chills down their backs, years later. Memories of long, hard nights and nail-grating lectures... long after the final session and exams have been turned in. My borderline-traumatic class was Pharmacology. Imagine a 600 page, upper level medical textbook filled with endless chemical tables, dosages, physiological actions and reactions as your core learning material. Never mind the ADHD; that class was hell on earth for everyone! The g...
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When the stimulants don’t work: How to get your focus back anyway

When the ADHD meds stop working
Uh Oh. You went to the doctor hoping to finally get control of your mile a minute mind. But all you have now is a car payment sized bill from your pharmacy. What to do next? Are you doomed to a life of chasing squirrels, awkward conversations, and missed work deadlines? Not so fast; by no means are you alone. Many people deal with ADHD without the use of meds. Here's how you can be one of the high functioning ones with just a small few small tweaks to your diet and lifestyle:  ...
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