Saturday, 17 February 2007


"The STATS ADHD costs the U.S. an estimated $75 billion a year in lost productivity 8 to 12 percent of American workers have ADHD 1 in every 12 adults has ADHD"


"There’s one in every office: the guy who’s smart, funny, interesting, creative and energetic—but also impulsive, chronically late and given to go on tangents in meetings. He’ll finish a report at the last minute, and it will be riddled with careless mistakes. That is, if he can find it on his messy desk to begin with. " [read more]

Source: 02/18/07

Sunday, 4 February 2007

Article: Is High Self-Esteem Bad for You?

It is commonly accepted today that self-esteem is a cause of people being able to achieve success. However, there are voices that argue that self-esteem is a consequence of people achieving mastery in different areas of their life. For instance, check out this article:

"For more than thirty years, promoting the development of higher self-esteem has been a major goal for clinical psychologists and educators. Although this emphasis on self-esteem has never sat well with adherents of traditional religions, and although an occasional academic psychologist has complained that psychotherapy promotes self-indulgence, the mass media have for the most part been supportive of the self-esteem movement. But a spate of recent articles suggests that the tide may be turning. " [read more]

by Robert Campbell Walter Foddis

Article: Attention Deficit Disorder--Conceptions and Misconceptions

This article by Moss David Posner M.D. (February 3, 2007) has some really thought provoking ideas about adhd, definitely worth a read:

"It seems that every day we open the newspaper or go online we see another article about Attention Deficit Disorder[i]. The subjects and titles of the articles vary from condemnation of the very notion of the existence of such an entity, to “natural” treatments for the problem, to warnings of dire consequences ranging from insanity to addiction with the use of medications, to attacks on “the drug companies” as having created the notion in the first place, to congratulations to those who are blessed with the “gift” of the disorder, and to treatments, from medications, to meditation, to physical therapies, hypnosis, and prayer ... [read more]

Monday, 15 January 2007

Finding right position key for employees with ADHD

The following article gives an insight into the adult adhd experience at work, sometimes confusing, sometimes frustrating - where a person can be trying as hard as possible but still comes across as 'lazy' or 'unmotivated'. It can be very depressing.

January 12, 2007: Andrea Kay in the Mississippi Clarion Ledger

"I've got ADD," Daniel told me, when he called to talk about his career. "I need help, but I've got ADD," he repeated. He must have told me 10 times. He's not the only one. There was Janice and Jane and Mark and others. And they insist they have problems in their careers because of their condition. Odds are, they're right. They are referring to attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder (ADHD), a developmental condition that affects brain functioning and causes problems with attention, impulsivity and hyperactivity, explains Eve Smukler, a
Los Angeles psychotherapist and coach with a focus on ADHD.
read more

Sunday, 10 December 2006

End of year wrap up 2006

Well another year passes! It has been a busy year:

  • started another degree and passed the first year in spite of 'just in time' essay techniques

  • achieved my New Year resolution for 2006 - managed to tidy up my study ( and it only took 11 months to get there)

  • worked way too much and spent too little time with family and friends (looks like a New Year resolution evolving here)

  • had a good year at work, achieved targets in spite of evil & malicious co-workers and lack of funding (why do people have to bring their psychoses to work?)

  • managed to be more organised than ever before - not sure how that happened but getting an assistant at work could explain it?

  • planning my annual vacation for February - this keeps me sane for the rest of the year
Altogether another busy year. Must say having meds to call upon has really helped. I try not to take them all the time, but when things get busy I really need the help to focus.

Sunday, 12 November 2006

When Mom has ADHD

Some interesting notes about women with adhd towards the bottom of this article, click the link to read entire article:

Women with the disorder face special challenges, Columbia doctor says


"When Peggy Ashley filled out a medical form for her hyperactive son, the doctor took one look at her messy handwriting and made a gut-level diagnosis." Read more

Press release re Free Online ADD Test

ADHD Expert Releases Free Online ADD Test
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Saturday, 11 November 2006

Does modern life exacerbate adhd?

I've been thinking about this a lot lately - does modern life, parenting and education styles exacerbate adhd? I have come to think that in the past the application of higher levels of external structure on people tended to mask their adhd to a certain extent. If you think about it people with adhd have a low internal locus of control, that is very likely physiological in origin. This means that if parents, school and society impose an external locus of control then many individuals with adhd will pass for 'normal'. Hmmmm, interesting to think about!

Keeping myself sane by planning next holiday

I know this is not exactly the right thing to spend tonight doing, but I just cannot face my exams next week without knowing I have my holiday planned.

This time I am going to northern Norway. It should be interesting to go that far north & it will certainly be colder than Sydney in February!

Sunday, 5 November 2006

Take A Walk To Boost Your Energy

No more excuses about not exercising, as per this article:

"Take A Walk To Boost Your Energy - MediaIndia 4 Nov 2006

A walk may boost your energy and help fight fatigue if you are feeling tired, suggests a new study. Patrick O'Connor and colleagues at the University of Georgia analysed 70 studies on exercise and fatigue involving more than 6,800 people, reported the online edition of health Magazine WebMD. More than 90 percent of the studies showed the same thing - sedentary people who completed a regular exercise programme reported improvement in fatigue levels compared to groups that did not exercise. "It's a very consistent effect. The results show that regular exercise increases energy and reduces fatigue," said the study published in the Psychological Bulletin. "
Read more here