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Old 05-20-11, 10:57 AM
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Hi there!. This is my first post so I'll introduce myself. I'm a 27 years old male from Spain. After struggling with many aspects of life since as long as I can remember, I was diagnosed a inattentive ADHD. The pure type, the one that they want to separate from other ADHD types in DSM V. Maybe Sluggish Cognitive Disorder (see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1474811/). Intelligence above average, looks like that is why the diagnosis arrived so late.

You know the symtoms: poor working memory, hard to get motivation, difficulties keeping attention, mood swings... all of which, at least in my case, translated in permanent tiredness, introversion, difficulties initiating and keeping conversations, difficulties talking about myself, telling stories, argumenting, telling jokes... thinking in general, difficulties with authority and obligations, such as studying subjects which I dislike. Unable to keep social relations and with no motivations to find hobbies (or better, keep them), in my case I have always all my free time at home with the computer.

So, I was diagnosed, and, in retrospective, that explains so many things. I guess you have all experienced that. One one hand, being ADD a cronic kind of "disability", it is sad to know that you will never be like the rest of the people, no matter how hard you try, and in some sense I feel fear for the future. On the other hand, I finally know what happens to me, and I can accept the defects as inevitable and move on, and from there find the best ways to improve my life.

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That is what this post is about. There is many info on about what can improve the lives of ADHDers, but there are so many differences between hyperactives and inattentives, that I think it is worth to make a specific post only for inattentives. Let's share the things that have helped us in life, so that we give each other advice and share what we think has made our lives better!. It can be anything from big things to small little day-to-day tricks.

Some questions to get started:
  • What medication, if any, has worked for you? what dosis?.
  • What kind of therapy, if any, has worked best for you?.
  • What kind of job/career/studies do you have found to be adequate for your personality? E.g.: office job, self-employed, creative, physical, stressful, relaxed, part-time... etc.
  • What kind of activities or hobbies do you enjoy the most in your free time?.
  • What, if any, "biological" tricks have helped you?. E.g: sleep patterns, kinds of food, supplements like vitamins, kinds of exercice or sports... etc.
  • What other "tricks" have you learned that have helped you in life? Be it social situations, job, studies, friends, family, couple... etc.

If we share our tips & tricks, ANY tip, we can all benefit.
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Old 05-21-11, 02:26 AM
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Re: Tips & tricks for all

Hello paseante,
welcome to the community! You will find lot's of answers here.
As a quick reply:

What medication, if any, has worked for you? what dosis?
Focalin is a better version of Ritalin, worth a try.

What kind of therapy, if any, has worked best for you?
Morning sport, and putting lots of energy into my day works best for me.
All the wonderful therapies don't really work for me.

What kind of job/career/studies do you have found to be adequate for your personality? E.g.: office job, self-employed, creative, physical, stressful, relaxed, part-time... etc.

IT jobs with good equipment are very helpful.

What kind of activities or hobbies do you enjoy the most in your free time?

Chess is helpful, Visual Basic is very very helpful.

What, if any, "biological" tricks have helped you?. E.g: sleep patterns, kinds of food, supplements like vitamins, kinds of exercice or sports... etc.

No cigarettes, Guarana Energy drinks in th early morning.

What other "tricks" have you learned that have helped you in life? Be it social situations, job, studies, friends, family, couple... etc.

Build your own learning system with Excel and Visual Basic. The result can be dramatic once you are into it.

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Old 05-21-11, 12:56 PM
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Some questions to get started:
  • What medication, if any, has worked for you? what dosis?
I'm still newly diagnosed and getting meds figured out so I can't be of much help here. But, I will say that Vyvanse 40mg has been a great start but is only giving me beneficial effects for about 7-8 hours. Now, I just need something to get me through the remainder of the day (another 7-8 hours).

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  • What kind of therapy, if any, has worked best for you?
Again, I'll be of no help here as I'm still new, but I am doing a lot of research into the best books to buy and read to get me started. I'm also buying books for my wife as she's now married to me, and my diagnosis! YAY for her!

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  • What kind of job/career/studies do you have found to be adequate for your personality? E.g.: office job, self-employed, creative, physical, stressful, relaxed, part-time... etc.
This was the main reason I decided to answer this question. I feel like the types of jobs I had before my current job are perfect for ADHD-PI folks.

I kind of fell into a sales position after graduating from college. I won numerous sales awards there, month after month, year after year. The environment was very fast paced, in fact more often it was actually quite chaotic. Practically everything was "spur of the moment". The computer handled all of the reports and about the only administrative tasks I had to do were once I moved into management and that was to do a weekly deposit (we didn't take in cash as a rule so it was just checks) and employee reviews which actually appealed to me because I enjoy teaching and I saw reviews as reinforcing positive behaviors and teaching the employees about opportunities for improvement. The inside sales portion of the job stayed an integral role of my daily duties as a manager (as much as 60%). Only, as a manager, I was often outside drumming up referrals which is where I figured out that I enjoyed outside sales.

So that was my next job. I got into outside sales where I went into doctors offices selling pharmaceuticals. The science side of it fascinated me from day one in training. It also helped that the main drug (a respiratory med) I was selling was already being used by my mom so I had that personal story and investment, as well as my girlfriend (who is now my wife) was diagnosed with asthma (by me in my first few months on the job, based on her symptoms - and I then sent her to an asthma and allergy specialist for formal testing) and she started using the medication as well. Both of them had PHENOMENAL results from it. So, I enjoyed the activities of the job, but I also loved the medicine. I won numerous awards there too and made a ton of money.

My most recent job is still outside sales, but I spend 2 days a week at home doing paperwork (contracts, customer service issues, etc.) and I absolutely can't stand it and it's actually what led me to get my diagnosis and seek treatment. I knew I SHOULD be able to do this work (it's not hard at all), but I just couldn't. The medication is helping me stay on task and I don't dread opening up my laptop in the morning anymore. I also don't find myself distracted and doing something non-work related every 5 minutes. So, the reason I sought treatment IS getting treated which is great.

The summary is, fast paced with minimal administrative type work is a blessing for me.

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  • What kind of activities or hobbies do you enjoy the most in your free time?.
I love animals! Always have. I've always been fascinated by them and their natural history as well. I'm like an encyclopedia on a lot of animals - which drives my wife nuts when we go to the zoo and I just can't help but tell her what the animals are and about their natural history before she can get close enough to read the plaque on the wall with all of the information that just came spewing out of my mouth.

Over 10 years ago, I started keeping reptiles as pets. I really focused in on snakes as they were my favorite. They're so primitive yet they're STILL apex predators. That's amazing to me - that something that is so old can still be SO dominant!

Over a rather short time, I focused in on boas as my favorite species. They're not an impossible species to keep in captivity, but they're also not easy. It was a good middle-ground for me. It provided a daily, hands on challenge for me at the beginning which kept my interest. Then as I perfected providing their environmental needs, I wanted more of them because it was becoming very easy - check their temperatures and humidity every couple of days, clean the cages when they went to the bathroom (which happened only about once per week), and feed them every 2 weeks. VERY simple. VERY low maintenance.

The impulsive side of my ADHD led me to have over 30 of them in a very short time. I quickly realized I was in over my head (not because 30 is hard to take care of, but I was working 65 hours a week at the first job listed above - in fact, many people have well over 100 boas because they're incredibly easy to maintain once you figure out their requirements) and used that opportunity to sell those that weren't top notch and that's how I built a very small, but elite collection. I now have a collection of 10 adults and I produce on average about 1 litter per year which, with this subspecies of boa, is hard to do - they don't propagate easily in captivity.

I got into photography because of my appreciation for my boas and my desire to share them with others who have the same appreciation. So I spend whatever time I can learning about photography, my camera, taking pictures, and practicing/learning how to process them on my computer.

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  • What, if any, "biological" tricks have helped you?. E.g: sleep patterns, kinds of food, supplements like vitamins, kinds of exercice or sports... etc.
  • What other "tricks" have you learned that have helped you in life? Be it social situations, job, studies, friends, family, couple... etc.
The only thing that I've learned that helps me is to count to 2 before responding to almost anything I'm asked so that I don't blurt out whatever comes to mind. I definitely don't stick to it but I do know that when I employ that technique, life is easier!

Other than that, I don't really have an answer for these questions either - again, still new to this. But I look forward to reading the responses of others.
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Old 05-21-11, 10:47 PM
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Re: Tips & tricks for all

I know probably 90% of the things I need to do to manage my life successfully with ADHD, but it's so easy to fall off the wagon (and thus not be consistent), that it's just always a real struggle.

1. Managing my body:

How I manage my body's health is tied to my daily functioning extremely closely. Going to bed early and getting at least 7 hours of sleep, eating small meals with protein, and exercising daily are the biggest things that impact me. I'm a fairly normal person when I do those things, but if I skip a day, I fall back into the pit of despair and have a super hard time getting out. I can't focus when I'm tired, and I'm tired ALL the time. What a pain.

2. Writing down what helps me:

This forum has been huge for helping me understand my problems. For example, I didn't even know I had brain fog before - that was just part of life! Learning new habits and ways of doing things have really helped.

3. Sorry, my brain just shut off. Maybe I'll come back later, haha.
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I'll get back with my tips, just wanted to post this.

Do you guys feel ignored, like you think you have someone's attention but you realize they've not been paying attention to you after all, the whole time? I don't like this feeling... it's not that bad, now that i'm older, but it still hurts. Also, in a relationship, I feel like I can't fight for someone, so they don't think i'm putting effort in and they will just say forget it and find someone better really quickly and all of a sudden . Do you all feel this way sometimes? I'm trying to figure out if it's iadhd or just other issues.

what are you guys like?
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I created a thread on strategies for an ADDer:

http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=100053
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This might not be the type of tip you are looking for but, I have a huge time management issue... duh! My solution was to buy a huge white board, 4' x 8', and I screwed it up to the wall in my hall way so every time I walk by I see my schedule and to-do list.... One half of the board is a monthly calendar and the other half is the to-do list... I always write in bright colors too
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This might not be the type of tip you are looking for but, I have a huge time management issue... duh! My solution was to buy a huge white board, 4' x 8', and I screwed it up to the wall in my hall way so every time I walk by I see my schedule and to-do list.... One half of the board is a monthly calendar and the other half is the to-do list... I always write in bright colors too
That sounds pretty awesome actually.
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