Fun For ADHDers

And many others.

It’s just a bit of light relief, and many symptoms can occur in ‘normal’ people (see a psychiatrist for details).

 

Thanks to TotallyADD for not suing us 😀

 

LGF

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ADHD Child vs. Non-ADHD Child Interview

A video by ‘My Little Villagers’

An excellent depiction of how self esteem/self awareness get damaged very early on.

 

LGF

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DECLARATION. A play at The Lowry, Salford, June 2016

LGF TURNS THEATRE CRITIC   (darling)

fortunately there is only one Sarah

fortunately there is only one Sarah

Performed in the round in The Lowry’s studio space, so capacity was not much more than 100, which makes it incredibly intimate.

And then Sarah arrives onstage, which significantly ups the ante.

It was a merciless performance. Sarah turned the screws on tight and kept them on for the entire performance, which was quite a ride.

The story of one small boy and his dog this was not. It was Sarah, Sarah and more Sarah, dragging us through the complexities of her life and how her mental health is affecting it.

It starts in good humour and, once she had you on board, then started slipping in the harder stuff. And being in the audience was no defence, you were going to be used, with some aplomb, as ‘ad hoc’ commentators/advisors to whatever theme Sarah was pursuing at that point.

Sarah believes her mental health problems are mainly down to ADHD (I’d agree) and the script explored many of the issues of growing up/living with that in a thoughtful, engaging and thought provoking way.

It was good stuff. Sarah is thunderously energetic, and not afraid of emotion, so you’d need to have a heart of stone not to be transported through the experience with her.

Being emotionally incontinent myself made me an easy mark, so I left utterly drained, but in a good way.

I really can’t recommend it highly enough. ADHDers will enjoy comparing themselves with it. Families of ADHDers will see ADHD explained in an easy to understand way. Those completely out of the ADHD orbit will just have to settle for a rip-roaring emotional roller-coaster of a play. I pity them.

 

For more details of the authors/performers and future dates (a tour is being planned) contact Art With Heart or click on this link to their Facebook page

LGF

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Why You Need Emotional Intelligence To Succeed

whyyouneedemotionalintelligenceAn article by Travis Bradberry.

click on this link

LGFs comment

I was quite happy with my medication because it kept me on track where I usually veered. I changed to another because it promised better emotional intelligence…and it worked*.

There was a trade off because I lost some functionality but the thicker skin I acquired was much more important – much reduced sensitivity to the daily battering of stupidity, and there’s a whole world of that.

LGF

 

*I’m better than I was, not cured.

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The Emotional Distress of Living With ADHD

You Are Here

It’s a blog; always worth seeing how everyone else does it.

click this link

 

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Memory System May Overcome Diverse Disorders

Interesting article in Scientific American

Neurons

Follow this link to the article

Link to Scientific American

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Here’s 20 things you should know about people with ADHD:

somebodyIt’s a completely unrelated picture, but what’s a link sitting on it’s own on a page? Boring!

clink this link to article

Thanks to our new friends at ADHDmadeEasy for the link – you can subscribe to their output. I have.

 

LGF

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Comments

Due to the paucity of real comment, compared with the utter flood of spam, there will be no further comments allowed on articles.

Apologies to anyone trying to comment – mail contact@maddchester.com instead and helpful comments will be edited in by hand (with full attribution).

 

LGF

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Want To Explain ADHD?

Here’s a useful guide

ADHD flash

 

 

 

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PEOPLE WITH ADHD

Adults with ADHD were once children with ADHD. It doesn’t just lay dormant then pop up later in life. Those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder have dealt with it their entire lives. Since it goes undiagnosed with most people, they may not realize that they’ve had it until they get older. They may have been diagnosed by mental health professionals who believe they suffer with depression, avoidance disorder, anxiety, and/or addictive behaviours, then later are more accurately diagnosed with ADHD. The former behaviours often branch from the latter. Once people with ADHD understand the disorder and process how it affects their thinking and behaviours, it becomes easier to understand themselves- and love themselves. That’s not to say that people with ADHD are the easiest folks for others to love. They’re hot then they’re cold, they’re hyper-engaged or their totally disengaged, they’re as pleasant as a peach or as hot as fire. Here are 10 things you should know about people who live with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
1. They may be tuning you out
People with ADHD are engaged to a fault when talking about something that interests them. If it’s acting, they can rehearse lines for hours on end. If it’s music, they can practice their instrument without realizing they forgot to break for a meal. What they cannot do is feign interest when a subject doesn’t capture their attention. They often drift off into space when sitting in classrooms in grades K-12. They are not wired to be able to sit in a room full of cinderblocks with fluorescent lights and force engagement. They focus intensely on things that captivate them- to the point that they cannot stand any ambient noise or distractions. Even an air conditioner clicking on and off can rattle them! But to sit them down and try to talk to them about boring crap will get you a blank stare, and possibly even a distracted glance down at a mobile device. They are terrible party-goers, as they feel fraught with social anxiety. They worry they’ll say the wrong thing, or get caught in a conversation that they cannot get out of. If you have a spouse with ADHD, know that they listen best to bullet point information. They want to know how your day was, but they do best with brief, succinct information.
2. They are fraught with insecurity
They realize that they are wired differently than other people, but that doesn’t make it ok. They want to be accepted and appreciated. They long to stand out and do great things with their gifts. They take risks, and go for all-or-nothing. They never feel that good enough is really good enough. They have perfectionistic tendencies. They are conflict averse, but sometimes bring conflict on, themselves, by speaking whatever is on their mind in emotional moments. They never stop thinking, hashing and re-hashing situations. They wonder how they can improve relationships with themselves and others. They long for peace, but constantly feel at war.
3. They aren’t “sugar-rush” hyperactive
Sometimes, people with ADHD struggle to even find the motivation to get off of the couch. They are constantly thinking about what the value is of doing something. If they cannot justify a value in getting up and going on a jog, they’ll sit around and process it for hours. They are intuitive. They cannot turn off their brains. They may be laying around with thumbs twiddling or a knee shaking, but they aren’t necessarily running in circles like you may perceive someone with “ADHD” to do.
4. They struggle with mundane tasks
Waiting in line always seems longer to them than it actually is. They’ll say they were in traffic ‘half their lives’ when they sat in traffic 20-minutes. They lose their minds when waiting on hold with a 1-800 number. They leave things where they don’t belong, because they don’t make the time to put them away. They’re disorganized. They procrastinate on doing things that they don’t enjoy doing. They forget dates and meetings. They enthusiastically plan and begin projects, but often jump to something new before the project is done.
5. They get divorced more often than the general population
The divorce rate is nearly twice as high for couples where one partner has ADHD. Acknowledging the reality of (diagnosis of) ADHD, accepting the implications that it has on the relationship, and learning tactics that work can be hugely helpful.
It is expected that ADHD affects roughly 4 percent of the adult population.
6. They often deal with depression, addiction, and anxiety
As mentioned in the opening statement, these behaviours are not independent of a bigger issue. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may be the root mental health problem. Depression, avoidance disorder, anxiety, insecurity, and addictive behaviours may be “side-effects” experienced by people with ADHD.
7. They are everybody’s friend and nobody’s
They are so self-conscious that they build a wall up and don’t really let other people in. They’re friendly, outgoing, fun-loving, and energetic. People tend to gravitate towards them. They have hundreds of people who think they’re their best friend. But they really only cherish the relationships with a few people, and they’re scared to death that those friends will abandon them.
8. They don’t sleep well
People with ADHD do best on a schedule. They aren’t night owls. They can best control their symptoms when they are well rested. Going to sleep takes focus for them, since their minds are constantly racing. So, they need a dark, cool, quiet room with a comfortable bed. Even still, they tend to be fidgety, restless sleepers. They’ll toss and turn all night long- but God forbid their partner make a snore! They are terrible bedfellows. If they wake up in the middle of the night because something is on their mind, they will struggle to let it go and fall back asleep.
9. They are anxious
There is never any riding the wave for people with ADHD. They constantly feel like they are swimming upstream. Because their anxiety level is high, they do best in jobs where they can be creative but not where they have to handle a lot of added stress. They get bored in mundane jobs, but are easily pushed over the edge in high-stress careers.
10. They are all over the emotional compass
People with ADHD are emotionally charged. They love deeply, and protect those they care about like a mother bear loves her cub. They express their love without holding back. On the flip side, little things may set them off into a seemingly bipolar personality. They storm through the room like a tornado, then move on and carry on as if nothing happened. The debris left from their emotional storm may affect those they care about long after the person with ADHD has forgotten about it completely. They need to be made aware of the consequences of their “emotional seizures.” In a safe way, loved ones need to express how these outbursts can make them feel. Being aware of the ramifications of their outbursts can help a person with ADHD learn to control his/her temper. Awareness is huge with this particular issue. People with ADHD don’t tend to realize that the volatile needle on their emotional compass hurts other people. Once it is brought to their attention, they can work on dialling down the needle on their compass.

 

Many thanks to friend to this site ‘Tony’ who found a copy after the link was broken. You’re a star Tony.

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More Artwork!

flowerThis is an example of what we displayed at the previous exhibition (thank you Lynne) – and they want to do it again.

If you’d like to contribute something then get in touch (that’s any kind of artistic endeavour from poetry to instalations).

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