We Moved! Find us at www.myadhdbrain.com



I started this blog for one reason: I needed a spot to post a response to the parent of a newly diagnosed ADHD child. I’d batted around the idea of an ADHD blog but I had a million other things to do, and never got past the first ten.

So I threw up a quick blog using WordPress called ADHD For Dummies on my iPhone, and posted.

That was less than a month ago.

What happened next astounded even me. I didn’t try to advertise or push the site to anyone except a few friends. A couple of days later, I left a response on Additude Magazine and didn’t think much of it, until I checked the stats.

In the first week and a half (what was left of January) I had received over 300 individual and distinct users to the site.


Okay, maybe It was a fluke.

This Month: 750 individual and distinct users. Again, with no real push because I’ve been playing with what I want this thing to do, and become.

Obviously, I’ve struck a chord, and wasn’t even trying. Personally, I believe it’s a testimony to my thinking: That people – as a whole – are frightened by different. And if there is anything in this world that is different, it’s an ADHD-er that’s full of purpose and unafraid of running face first into a wall. The problem is, most ADHD-ers flounder around, feel beat down and if they do get to that place of purpose, it’s because of their own grit and determination.

But, I believe there’s an army of innovators, of job creators, of new creatives that if they didn’t have to get there alone, could set their homes, their families, their work, this country, and the world on fire.

Will you help me release them?

I’m in the process of moving this blog to My ADHD Brain

All new posts will happen there. The Facebook page will remain the same.

Will you share your thoughts?

Posted: February 13, 2012 in Technology and ADHD
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An Article From Forbes.com Titled:

The Screw-ups and Victory of ADHD Executives

Or, something like that.

Posted: February 10, 2012 in ADHD at Work, Adult ADHD, Building Up The ADHD Child, Celebrity and Famous ADHD, For Teachers: Empowering the ADHD Student, Issues and Problems
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What Does It Feel Like To Live With ADD?

Stacey Turis at www.staceyturis.com asked the question on her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/adhdsuperhero:

What Does it Feel Like To Have ADHD? This was my answer:

“Are You Paying Attention to What I’m Saying?”

No. I’m paying attention to everything everyone in this restaurant is saying. The five tables around ours? Following their conversations. The person sitting alone? I’ve summed up why. I hear every clink of plates, process why they clinked, tell the mood of the waitress by how it clinked. I’m empathetic to the young couple and their misbehaving child. Aware of the angry looking couple that just got seated, all while thinking about the nagging fourteen issues I have at work while I process the words coming from your mouth.

“Why Can’t You Act Like Everyone Else?”

Why would I want to?

“You Gotta do it the Right Way, And by Right Way I Mean the Socially Accepted Way.”

I’d rather be dead. I’m no pencil pusher. Im not satisfied reading about Lewis and Clarks exploits in the newspaper. I gotta be in that canoe. See what no one else has seen. Go where no one else has gone. Your safe little frontier town, your little colony, they make me itchy.

I Resent being told to squeeze into your itty bitty box. I try not to, but it’s in my blood. Maybe you’re comfortable in the Known. I consider shackles, bondage.

“Why do You Always Gotta do Things the Hard Way?”

Why do you always gotta do Things the Boring Way? Is it fear? Is it socially acceptable to walk around dead except for the breathing part?

For whatever reason I’ve got a legacy to create, a story to tell. That desires shoves itself up from the depths of my soul. A place even I can’t control. So quit making me feel stupid cause you’re “satisfied.”

I’m not.

“Quit Daydreaming.”

You telling me to jump off a tall bridge?

“Why Can’t You Act ‘Normal?'”

Look, I can either spend the next thirty years beating myself up cause I’m different and see the world differently, I can destroy myself better than you could ever hope to by listening to my own self talk, or I can own the fact I was created this way for a purpose, refuse to let you and others like you limit my contribution to society, to my colleagues, to my family, wife and children, or you can get out of the way while I set the world on fire.

But really… You don’t get a say. This big bad world’s my playground and my ability makes me King of That Particular Hill. You’ll get your turn to pretend… after I’m done discovering.

Daryl Andrews

Posted: February 8, 2012 in ADHD at Work, Adult ADHD, Buck Normal, Building Up The ADHD Child, Discipline, Disorganization, Perfectionist, Relationship Help, Self Esteem, Talking About ADHD
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Fish Oil For ADHD : Consumer Reports

Do You Use Fish Oil For ADHD Management and Support?

I know many of you take or give Fish Oil to help support and manage your ADHD. I don’t, but not because I am against it, but because I am a wuss when it comes to vitamins and supplements. The after taste (shock) kicks my rear. I am the reason the created Gummy Bear Sour Patch Kid Sour Skittle Vitamins.

However, as I was reading Consumer Reports this morning I came across a review from Consumer Reports regarding common brands available at your local pharmacy stop, and felt compelled — complete with goofy 60’s “B” movie whirlpool eyes and laser noises — to share. Don’t Forget To Take Our Highly, Over-the-Top, Secret, Tell All Poll Somewhere Down Below!

Fish Oil Pills Vs. Claims

Consumer Reports, January 2012

Americans are buying more fish oil supplements than ever, but in our lab tests of 15 top selling brands, six fell a bit short, says Consumer Reports.

We tested three lots of each brand, bought in New York stores. All had their labeled amount of EPA and DHA, Omega-3 Fatty acids that can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. And none exceeded limits for lead, mercury, dioxins or polyclorinated biphenyls (PCBs) set by the US Pharmacopeia (USP), a non-governmental standard setting group, or by the European Union.

Speaking of ADHD: Mine’s kicking in and the great idea to type up this article is already sounding like no fun. Thinking of skipping the Jabberwocky and skipping straight to the test results.

Anyway, they found PCB’s (lead, mercury, junk you don’t wanna ingest) at higher levels than claimed. You can find the full article at Consumer Reports web site, here. Hey! I just realized that what I figured would prove a subscriber only article is actually available for view by everyone. Meaning I can also copy and paste… with full credit to ConsumerReports.org, of course.

But the test results revealed total PCBs in amounts that could require warning labels under California’s Proposition 65, a consumer right-to-know law, in one sample of the CVS, GNC, and Sundown products, and in two samples of Nature’s Bounty.

Most tested pills are claimed to be “purified” or “free” of PCBs, mercury, or other contaminants, claims that have no specific regulatory definition, the Food and Drug Administration says. The agency has taken no enforcement action against any omega-3 maker over PCBs or other contaminants, an FDA spokeswoman said, because it has seen no public-health risk.

And two samples of Kirkland Signature failed the USP’s disintegration test for pills with enteric coatings (designed to prevent fishy aftertaste): Their coating could break up in the stomach, not in the small intestine as intended. Oddly, that was one of few tested products labeled “USP Verified,” which indicates that the USP has tested and verified the claimed ingredients, potency, and manufacturing process.

Bottom line. Most people can get enough omega-3s by eating fatty fish—such as salmon and sardines, which are also low in mercury—at least twice a week. But people who have coronary heart disease require about a gram a day of those fatty acids, an amount that often requires taking a supplement. Check with a doctor before taking omega-3 pills because they can interact with some medications. Choose one listed under “met quality standards.” Those cost anywhere from 17 to 64 cents a day for 1 gram of EPA and DHA combined, the amount the American Heart Association recommends for people with coronary heart disease.

Fish Oil For ADHD?

Chart Courtesy of ConsumerReports.org

Super Cool, Super Secret and Classified, Eyes Only Tell All Poll!

Correction (From Consumer Reports Print Edition): The version of this story that appears in the January 2012 issue of Consumer Reports magazine reported that our tests found “elevated levels of compounds that indicate spoilage” in samples of Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega 1000mg (180 count). Just as digital versions of the story were being readied for publication, however, the company challenged our conclusion based on the fact that its product includes natural lemon oil as a flavoring. Upon further review, we have found that the industry-standard spoilage test we used cannot reliably detect spoilage in products with lemon oil, and we could not identify any current well-established methodology for doing so. (Nordic Naturals was the only lemon-flavored product in our study.) Because the spoilage test cannot be applied, we couldn’t keep Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega in a report that required all products to undergo all tests. Nordic Naturals did meet every other quality measure in our study. The pills, which cost about 67 cents per day, or $243 per year, contained their labeled amount of omega-3 fatty acids and met other U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) and European Union standards, including those for contaminants such as lead, mercury and dioxins. They also met the stricter California Proposition 65 standard for total polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). A correction will appear in the February 2012 issue ofConsumer Reports magazine.

Posted: February 7, 2012 in ADHD: Au Natural, Adult ADHD, Diagnosing ADHD, Fish Oil, Health and Diet, Your Child's Health
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You or Your Child Diagnosed With ADHD? Feel Alone? Well You Are Not!

It’s important to understand our roots, not just focus on the day to day trials and tribulations. It’s tough, knowing you or your child will wake up each day and view the world so differently.

The sooner you embrace the crazy, beautiful, wacky fun side of who you or your child is, instead of buying the lie that “I gotta be like the normal people” the sooner you’ll begin to understand who you are and your place in your world.

That’s why it’s important to quit staring at our own feet and look up, absorbing the bigger picture. To do that, I think it’s important to look at others diagnosed with ADHD to help you understand: you aren’t alone.

Bruce Jenner with ADHD and CHADD
Bruce Jenner

Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner said on CHADD’s (Children and Adults with ADHD) leadership blog that he struggled in grade school with attention issues, until he won a race in fifth grade. Being the fastest kid in the class gave him his “little arena” to focus on — and eventually, the tools to succeed in the big arena, when he took the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics.

David Neeleman, Founder of JetBlue, and Celebrity and CEO Diagnosed ADHD

David Neeleman, Founder of JetBlue Airways

David Neeleman reported in an interview with ADDitude magazine his ADHD prevents him from being detail-oriented and completing doing day-to-day tasks, saying, “I have an easier time planning a 20-aircraft fleet than I do paying the light bill.”

But Neeleman credits his success, and creation of JetBlue, with his ADHD — saying that, with the disorder comes creativity and the ability to think outside the box.

Posted: February 6, 2012 in Adult ADHD, Buck Normal, Building Up The ADHD Child, Celebrity and Famous ADHD, For Teachers: Empowering the ADHD Student
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ADHD For Dummies ACDC Logo

Yesterday, I read a post that prompted me to look closer at the word Dither. Loved it, because it prompted a couple of my own thoughts regarding Dithering. (Not that I ever dither, but I know people that do, like my friend and colleague Marti… Talk about a’dithering! And don’t even get me started on Joe… But, I digress.)

This is the second part, a follow-up to a post that started yesterday. You can find the first part here:

To Dither, or Not to Dither: Indecisiveness and ADHD, Part 1

I’ll never ever forget something that happened to me a few years ago:

I was out at completed job sites with our photographer. I had a list of 20 sites we needed photography for, and we got to project number eight, an office building.

We found the location but the address didn’t jibe with the company name. The name on the sign differed from my records and we needed to make sure we photographed the correct spot.

I called the office: all at lunch. Called cell phones: no answer. I grew frustrated. I left message after message, drove around the building, grew more anxious, which turned into anger.

30 minutes passed. Still no answer.

Then my photographer, Craig Davis, from Studio 563 in Houston looked at me and said “why don’t we just go to another job site and when we talk to someone and get the correct info we’ll come back?”


Why Didnt I Think of That?
I’d spent nearly an hour dithering, becoming so laser focused on a single problem, that I couldn’t break away, refocus on the larger picture. It never dawned on me to GO ON TO SOMETHING ELSE. it never even entered my mind.

What’s the Takeaway?
Sometimes, we should let go and go do something else. (Yes, it really is that simple.)

Posted: February 3, 2012 in Adult ADHD, Buck Normal, Building Up The ADHD Child, Indecisive, Issues and Problems, Perfectionist
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I wrote this note last night on a Congrats post to Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook. It was meant as a great job/ encouragement comment.

Now, if in one of your Hack-a-thon’s you give it the theme “Education” and challenge your people to build a never before imagined platform for public education that allows students to slide between their worlds – education and social – and takes advantage of Apple’s leap into Textbooks…

You’ll revitalize public education, inspire creativity, and release the creative trailblazers, ensuring your legacy becomes not Facebook, but the 25 Mark Zuckerberg’s that emerge in 10 years.

That’s, how we fix this economy.


Adult ADHD Issues: Perfectionism, Indecisiveness and Feeling Worth

I received an email notice that ADHD Strategies posted a new tip of the day and since I needed an excuse not to finish the project I’d already started delaying, I jumped over and started reading their Tip of the day #213: Dithering.

It brought to mind a couple of thoughts and I wanted to share them with you.

dith·er/ ˈdiT͟Hər/

Verb: Be indecisive.

Noun: Indecisive behavior.

verb. tremble – palpitate – quake – quaver – thrill – shiver
noun. quiver – tremor – tremble – trembling

Dither is such a cool word. It means one thing as a verb: Be Indecisive. ( And if you’re around writing, you know passive verbs are a no-no.) even uttering the word Dither makes you feel lazy, laid back and carefree. But then you look at the synonyms — palpitate, quaver, shiver — and suddenly there’s a second feel to the word. Kinda ominous and scary.

As I read the article two examples popped into my head. Today, I’m gonna cover the first.

The Proof is in The Pudding… And You Are The Cook

Back in 2004 my boss told me the way he ensures he doesn’t lay in bed each night, destroying himself as a failure, is this:

He makes his habit, his priority, each and every morning (or night before) to make a list of three things of intrinsic value that he wants to accomplish.

Three Thing of Intrinsic Value (Re-read that statement.)

Even, depending on his emotional state – and you know as well as I do that depending on where you are in a depressive cycle — something as small as “wash my undies” can seem overwhelming. (And on those days you do what we teach our children to do: you modify, making “get out of bed” your one thing of intrinsic value for the day.

Why? Because if each day he completes those three tasks, no matter how big or minuscule they may seem to anyone else, he creates a new dialogue, one built on truth. You string three, four, sixteen days in a row together and suddenly, when he lays in bed at night exhausted, and the “you suck” and “you’re worthless” lies starts singing him to sleep, accomplishing those three things of intrinsic value are the only weapon he has to combat the lies. He doesn’t have to make up proof, he is proof.

And let’s be honest: We all have nights when we lay in bed getting the crap kicked out of us and for whatever reason suddenly decide we need a real Texas-ass whooping.

I have no clue why we do this, but we do: We shove aside the forty-seven self-talkers and really go after ourselves. So why not do yourself a favor and equip yourself with the tools of that particular warfare and fight back for the first time…

With Power.

Posted: February 2, 2012 in Adult ADHD, Buck Normal, For Teachers: Empowering the ADHD Student, Indecisive, Issues and Problems, Perfectionist
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Scholarships For the ADHD Student : Shire 2012

There are tons of scholarships available to students that are gifted and blessed with ADHD.

Shire offers students a $2,000 college scholarship and a year of ADHD Coaching to successful applicants.

Want to know more? Go here:
Shire 2012 Scholarship For College and University Students With ADHD

Posted: February 1, 2012 in College Scholarships, In School With ADHD
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