Does Mindfulness Help with ADD and ADHD?

Does Mindfulness Help with ADD and ADHD?

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When identifying the best way to cope with the effects of ADD and ADHD, we’re presented with many different options. From medication to therapy, our choices can seem endless. I am often asked if there’s a method I prefer, and my answer always remains the same…

if it works for you, then stick with it!

More specifically, don’t be afraid to try new things or combine treatments. Managing one’s ADD/ADHD isn’t a one size fits all approach, but one that requires us to identify a routine for success.

In recent times, the concept of mindfulness has been introduced to the ADD/ADHD world. What is mindfulness? According to www.meriram-webster.com,

the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis; also:  such a state of awareness.

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Stuck, Stressed and Frustrated when you have Adult ADD and ADHD

Stuck, Stressed and Frustrated when you have Adult ADD and ADHD

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Please check out my latest visit to ADHD Support Talk Radio with my good friend Tara McGillicuddy. Please click on the link below…

Stuck, Stressed and Frustrated when you have Adult ADD and ADHD

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A Professional’s Review of “ADHD Does Not Exist”

A Professional’s Review of “ADHD Does Not Exist”

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ADHD Does Not Exist by Dr. Richard Saul ADHD Does Not Exist by Dr. Richard Saul

With a blunt and outright controversial title, Dr. Richard Saul really has rocked the ADD and ADHD community. Just by looking at the title, ADHD Does Not Exist is eliciting all types of responses. It has some professionals circling the wagons while naysayers are jumping for joy. Regardless of whether or not you like what someone has to say, you at least should give that person a chance to share his or her opinion. Ironically enough, this book was released on my 40th birthday back on February 18th, so I wanted to see if the first 39 years of my life were a falsehood. In Dr. Saul’s case, I think it’s fair to say that it isn’t always fair to judge a book by its cover.

I do not believe that Dr. Saul is totally abolishing the concept of ADHD, but…

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Diagnosing ADD and ADHD

Diagnosing ADD and ADHD

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There is no quick diagnosis for ADD and ADHD. Just like this is not a simple disorder, diagnosing it isn’t a simple process. While one might display symptoms that look like ADD/ADHD, it doesn’t mean that it is ADD/ADHD. It could be a variety of things. Only a full neuropsychological evaluation is the best way to tell if you’re dealing with ADD/ADHD or other symptoms that can act like this disorder. As the saying goes…

just because it looks and quacks like a duck doesn’t mean it’s a duck.

I cannot tell you how many times people call me for help with ADD/ADHD and he or she is self-diagnosed. Or what’s even worse is that a teacher will tell a parent that his or her child has the disorder. Just like a car should be evaluated by a qualified mechanic, ADD/ADHD should be diagnosed by a qualified professional. While…

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Self-Regulation with ADD and ADHD

Self-Regulation with ADD and ADHD

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ADD and ADHD is a disorder of self-regulation. I’ve come to this realization after living with this disorder for almost 40 years and my professional experiences. My statement certainly simplifies the whole process, but let’s take a deeper look into what exactly this means.

In some of my other entries, I’ve mentioned things like The Internal Pause Buttonas a way of controlling one’s behavior. But what if we don’t even know what things we’re trying to control? Or that there’s an issue at all? What if we see a box of cookies sitting on a table and eat the whole thing, but don’t recognize these cookies are for a group of people? It is hard to implement any strategy without understand why it needs to be implemented. Or to use an old analogy, it is like putting the cart ahead of the horse.

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Traveling with ADD and ADHD

Traveling with ADD and ADHD

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EuropeTraveling with ADD and ADHD can be a huge challenge. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that it isn’t easy. But with proper planning, there’s no reason why we cannot take an enjoyable vacation.

My wife and I just returned from an amazing trip that took us to London, England and Paris, France. Usually, even the shortest trips that take me out of my comfort zone can be stressful. So I’m sure you can imagine what traveling to Europe can do to one’s state-of-mind. But I was very much looking forward to seeing these two amazing places and spending some quality time with my wife, so I needed to strategize ways to minimize my stress level and manage my ADD/ADHD.

I found that there are two important things one must do while traveling. The first is to keep moving. Instead of using transportation, my wife and…

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Report Suggests 11 Percent of US Children have ADD and ADHD

Report Suggests 11 Percent of US Children have ADD and ADHD

In the last few days, this study has come up suggesting that there’s an increase in the number of diagnosed cases of ADD and ADHD. However, if you dig a little deeper, you can see that this data may not be all it’s cracked up to be.