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My Other Self: Shame, Perfectionism, and ADHD

“I’m afraid of disappointing the people in my life.” A minute or two after I said these words, I realized they weren’t true. I was trying to explain to a friend the sense of free-floating anxiety and general frustration I’d been feeling the past month. With a few glorious exceptions including my sister's wedding, a … Continue reading My Other Self: Shame, Perfectionism, and ADHD

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A Helpful Guide to Your ADHD Coworker: Ten (Plus One) Things You Need to Know

This could be the desk of someone with ADHD I've been thinking a lot recently about the kind of coworker I was pre-diagnosis. Many people with ADHD have one or two areas that are particularly challenging for them: friendship, romantic relationships, parenting, housekeeping, etc. One of mine was (and in some ways still is) the … Continue reading A Helpful Guide to Your ADHD Coworker: Ten (Plus One) Things You Need to Know

Me, Myself, and My Feelings: ADHD and Emotional Dysregulation

One interesting thing about being diagnosed with ADHD as an adult is that for most of my life I had symptoms of ADHD but didn’t know it. Even when I was diagnosed, I lacked a complete understanding of the neuroscience behind ADHD. I knew neurotransmitters were involved and I knew that ADHD impairs the functioning … Continue reading Me, Myself, and My Feelings: ADHD and Emotional Dysregulation