“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
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
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. Albert Camus In a lot of ways, living with ADHD is a lot like living in New York City. As many who love this place (and an equally passionate faction who hates it) will tell you, New York is … Continue reading The Dark Sides and Silver Linings of Adult ADHD
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
“To me it's really so simple that life should be lived on the edge. You have to exercise rebellion: to refuse to tape yourself to rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see every day, every year, every idea as a true challenge - and then you are going to … Continue reading Start Spreading the News
Personal essay about turning 30 and lessons learned in my first few months of being diagnosed with Adult ADHD.
I gotta work out. I keep saying it all the time. I keep saying I gotta start working out. It's been about two months since I've worked out. And I just don't have the time. Which uh..is odd. Because I have the time to go out to dinner. And uh...and watch TV And get a … Continue reading Me Myself and The Gym: Exercise and ADHD