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#HateToDisappointYouBut ADHD is likely not what you think it is. I'm saying this because most people think #ADHD is just hyperactive, naughty little boys, and it couldn't be more wrong. It affects life in so many ways. If you know people with it, please find out what it's about.
I keep raising #ADHDawareness because there are LOADS of undiagnosed #ADHD adults in the world, living their lives, struggling, wondering why almost everything is so difficult. I've read that about 80% of ADHD adults don't know they have it. It's tragic! I found out at 38 myself.
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This is actually a fair question - does knowing I have #ADHD matter. The answer is yes! It matters IMMENSELY. But if you aren't familiar with what it is, you might not understand why.
#ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition that effects the frontal lobe. The frontal lobe is the thing that lets you switch between tasks, emotions, even thoughts. Our brains don't actually have a deficit of attention. It's more like our brains want to pay attention to EVERYTHING.
But our brains also get stuck, even when we need them to move forward. Which is pretty much all-day-every-day.

This can also effect our ability to filter out sensory information. I actually have a lot of trouble filtering sound myself.
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I've lost some relationships in my life because of unmanaged or unchecked #ADHD behaviours. Being impulse-driven means that at times I've been socially unaware, inappropriate, too loud, too rude, or - without meaning to be - selfish.

So I've developed a thing about "selfish"
Selfish is the hardest one. Because as many of you with ADHD know, most people with ADHD have big hearts. We care about others, a LOT. Sometimes too much, to the point where we are codependent and live to make those around us happy.
We are sensitive and easily wounded. We want justice. We care strongly about what's right, sometimes too strongly, like a dog with a bone.
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The main thing I've learned about ADHD is this: *accept* the symptoms, *manage* how they impact your life.

Example: I'm impulsive.

Okay cool!

Given that I'm impulsive...

--In what areas is that an asset? Use it!

--In what areas is it a liability? Put safeguards in place
*note that shame, berating, apologizing profusely, and general beating up of self is surprisingly not a requirement for doing this
I think this is useful to remember with partners, too.

“My #ADHD partner tends to hyperfocus on things whether he wants to or not”

Okay cool!

Given that...

In what ways is his hyperfocus fun or helpful (i.e. on projects, hobbies?)

When might he need support breaking away?
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#ADHD #neurodiversesquad For those of you who skated by in school until you got to college then crashed and burned, what strategies do you think would have been helpful in that transition to college?
For me, I'd say definitely get a diagnosis before college (still working on mine actually - long story), Learn your processing strengths and challenges, Practice sticking with something challenging, Set up systems of accountability BEFORE things are due...
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This is my son. I’m very proud of him. He has ADD, and a severe stutter. He hasn’t stuttered in a month. He has been misjudged by his teachers and school. I, myself, slip on my words and “YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN” is a common Dad-ism here. This is very personal for me. When I do it,
We blame it on my ditsy mind or my part polish family inside joke of a Polish 🇵🇱 stereotype of being absent minded. “Pick up the linkin life”, “the wood thingies”. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. When he does it, though, they treat him like he’s slow. For two years he had his karate belt..
The white “participation” belt, taken away because he couldn’t sit still when NOT being given an instruction. From 7-8 years old his school’s karate program deprived him of his basic participation white belt not for not learning the teachings, but for forgetting in between
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Let me explain all the things that used to get in the way of me eating like a healthy adult and taking care of my overall health cause #ADHD

1. When I put food in the fridge, it disappeared. Out of sight, out of mind. I would spend like, a LOT of money and then let it rot.
2. Not going to the grocery store with a plan or getting overwhelmed at the grocery store. Its overstimulating.. I see things and I get ideas for things I'd like to cook. Those ideas aren't there on Tuesday night or Saturday morning. See #1.
3. How do you even meal prep when your schedule is such a nuclear wasteland of chaos that you have NO idea if you'll be home any given night or not to cook?
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Tidying up with #ADHD is another level of a challenge. After trying to do it in several ways, none of which worked, I realized I needed to find my own way.

I'm a very inefficient cleaner, but it's effective for me. It takes me twice as much time, but at least I do it 1/n
At first I tried to order stuff in a logical way: this bunch for the bathroom, this one for the kitchen, etc. But it required multiple processes and I ended up dispersing around and forgetting a lot, which stressed me out #ADHD #neurodiversesquad 2/n
My goal used to be tidying it all. Considering I'm terrible at trying to estimate how long a task will take, I entered an endless loop of cleaning and when I realized I wouldn't make it, I felt like a failure and stopped. So the first thing I did was change the goal #ADHD 3/n
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TECH-GLEBA ANCHE PER TE, BISTURIMAN. MEDICO (noi ammalati crepiamo, punto)

“Mani dietro la schiena e passeggerai per i corridoi dei reparti come un pirla, ricordando con nostalgia quelle specie di stampe medievali ... RX, ECO, CT, MRI”
An onsite fractional flow reserve #CT (#FFRCT) #algorithm detected functionally significant stenosis in patients suspected of having coronary artery disease with greater accuracy than radiologists reading coronary CT angiography (#CCTA) scans.…
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Thread. This could get long.

1) As the last day of #ADHDAwarenessMonth comes to a close, I am grateful for finding community in the #NeurodiverseSquad. I was diagnosed as a 49 year old adult. It saved my life. #ADHD
2) Throughout my childhood and until two years ago, I knew something was different about how my brain worked. It was clear that I was "smart" or "brilliant" to hear adults and others describe me... As an adult, I was told friends that I was 1 of the smartest people they knew.
3) But if you were a family member, teacher, co-worker, or boss, I was frustrating to deal with. They "knew" that I was smart, creative, capable. But they saw someone who was "disorganized", "can't prioritize", "managed time poorly"

Both sides are true.
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1/ (Thread) #NeurodiverseSquad no one has ever explained #ADHD or #executivedysfunction to me quite like Sarah Ward (@swardtherapy) and I need to share the awesome. (I'm a speech therapist with an 8yo son with ADHD, for background.)
2/ First, memory. You have two broad types of memory: Long-Term Memory (LTM) and Short-Term Memory (STM). STM is often used interchangeably with Working Memory (WM), which refers to a sort of mental "scratch pad" where you can hold information in mind and use it.
3/ Now, WM also has subtypes: The 1st is Verbal Working Memory. Verbal Working Memory is what allows you to hold someone's phone number in mind, rehearse it, and write it down when you find a pen. It lets you remember a set of words someone said, or something short you read.
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@cvspharmacy has denied my Vyvanse medication which is for my attention-deficit disorder. #mentalhealth
Even my doctors pre-authorization was denied.

Never I have been denied a medication nor treatment. #adhd
However, in today’s age of #healthcare and being my own advocate for ADD and #epilepsy it’s sad to see my local CVS not care about my #MentalHealth.
I’m asking my doctor to make the switch from #Vyvanse to #adderall in hopes that CVS will take my diagnose real. #mentalhealth #adhd
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All right neurotypicals, you wanna know what having ADHD feels like?

Let’s talk about how hard it is to change your behavior, and what happens to self-esteem when you fail.

Have you ever decided to lose weight or exercise more?

Think about how motivated you were when you started. Maybe you bought a new workout outfit, or some tupperware to meal prep. You did research and you downloaded apps.

You were inspired and ready to go. You had a plan.
Things were going great. You pushed through the difficult parts because it was new and you were determined.

You saw progress and felt proud to see the results of your labor.
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Hi! My name is Elise and I was diagnosed with #ADHD when I was 30 years old. At first I thought I was inattentive type but over time my psych suspected more and more that I am actually combined (inattentive and hyperactive) type. Here’s my story... #ADHDAwarenessMonth
When I was 9 or 10 years old I started getting intense abdominal and pelvic pains. In 1996 I was hospitalised several times in so much pain I couldn’t attend school.
After a laparoscopic investigation and appendectomy I was told that I did not have endometriosis or fibroids or cysts and I was discharged and referred to the mental health unit. I attended the MHU as an outpatient for several months. They didn’t tell me what I ~had~.
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It's #ADHDAwarenessMonth! There's a lot about #ADHD I didn't know until I was diagnosed, so, here are some things about it that you may or may not be aware of.
ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. There are three types: Primarily Hyperactive, Primarily Inattentive, and Combination (both hyperactive and inattentive). ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder, is now ADHD- Primarily Inattentive type.
This isn't to invalidate any ADD diagnosis! Even my psychiatrist writes it down as ADD in letters for others because it's still used commonly as a term by physicians and laymen. If you were diagnosed with ADD, it just means the official name is now ADHD-PI.
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So I’m going to share something with you all that I shared on a coaching call today. Some of the issue with learning how to manage our ADHD is learning to get past our intense distrust of ourselves.

#neurodiversesquad #adhd
How many times have you set out to begin a new routine or strategy and had these thoughts:

“You know you’re never going to do that, right?”

“Remember all these times you failed *brain conveniently recalls them with perfect accuracy though it won’t remember what you ask it to*”
This creates a cycle of self defeat that can keep us failing for as long as we remain in it. We don’t trust ourselves because we fail/we fail because we don’t trust ourselves enough to give it all the effort we can.
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I don't usually pin tweets. Certainly not personal ones.
But this one is pinned and it's personal because #Neurodiversity is a real thing in my life and probably yours, too, whether you know it or not.
I'm talking generally now about #ActuallyAutistic #ADD #ADHD + so many others.
This is a thread, a single story only, about one person's relationship with #Neurodiversity

I did a thing I don't usually do. I talked about my personal relationship with it at a thing. I didn't plan it. As many life-changing things tend to do --> it just happened.

Before we go too far tho it's very important we establish that this is only a single story. There are many voices that need to be heard.

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Can we talk about the curse of being a "gifted" kid while having undiagnosed ADHD? Has anyone else survived this specially crafted hell?

#adhd #neurodiversesquad
Beyond the torment ofADHD symptoms, add the additional criticisms of "we KNOW you're smart" "you're WAY too intelligent for this" and "why aren't you working up to your full potential?"

Then turn those internal and they are your internal diaglouge forever. So there's your gift.
When I got to high school we changed school districts and they gave me the option to NOT be a gifted kid. And I took that option. I took that option like a shot.

Unfortunately, they still discovered I was “capable of more” if I would “apply” myself.
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Hey #ADHD #neurodiversesquad - I want to talk about how stigma, lack of education & support, and toxic masculinity has affected the the ADHD men in my life.

My husband, my brother, and the partners of two of my best friends were diagnosed with ADHD in childhood (as was I). We're all in our 30s now, so our perceptions of ADHD and treatment options has its foundations in the early 90s standards.
So...really not great. Bad.
ADHD in the early 90s: Stigma was high. There was a lot of fear about kids being "drugged"; many of us knew kids (or were the kid) who weren't themselves on meds. (I now know those kids were on the wrong dose or medication if the side effects were that bad.)
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Today I left my electric chair battery at home. I have two assistants at work who mostly follow me around and open doors for me, but today one of them pushed me around in my chair until my husband could bring me the battery. All three of them were nothing but kind, but 1/
I still felt miserable and embarrassed. Because I couldn't do it myself. Because my spacey brain picked up the battery and set it right back down. And I think, what good are these #ADHD meds, if they don't work? Because I tell myself, you're an #AmbulatoryWheelchairUser, why 2/
don't you just walk? Because I could feel people looking at me, when they probably weren't, when I started stress stimming because I'd woken up with a lot of pain, and felt wobbly before I even got out of the house and a mistake like this makes my #ActuallyAutistic brain 3/
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Neurodiversity - a thread. #autism #autistic #ADHD #Dyslexia /1 (takes deep breath)...
Today an article about the 'over-diagnosis' of #autism was published in the @guardian in which the concept of neurodiversity was dismissed as a fad, a fashion, an empty philosophy. As someone who believes that the concept of neurodiversity is a valuable one, I must respond. /2
Neurodiversity is the name given to the conceptualisation of neurological differences being non-pathological. So, autism, adhd, OCD, dyslexia etc are simply varieties of neurology rather than diseases. /3
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We have a new study forthcoming in Exceptional Children. We examine whether students of color are more or less likely to be identified as having #disabilities in U.S. states with histories of de jure and de facto racial #segregation. (1)
Special education has been theorized to have been used as an alternative legal strategy for schools to avoid racial integration. This prior work was historical and descriptive. Others have suggested that over-identification might be especially likely to occur in the South. (2)
Yet other work suggests that students of color may be under-identified as having disabilities in the U.S. South, incl. due to political and economic factors. Mechanisms hypothesized to result in under-identification nationally may also be operating similarly in the South. (3)
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Hi #pediatricians, our work on #disparities in #disability id. was just cited by the @AmerAcadPeds in their #policy statement on the impact of #racism on children's health. Our most recent study was cited. If helpful, here is a thread of our work to date. #RacismAndHealth (1)
@AmerAcadPeds Here is the abstract and link the the study cited in the @AmerAcadPeds policy statement.…. We find that children of color are less likely to be identified as having disabilities than similarly situated students who are White in U.S. schools (2)
@AmerAcadPeds Here is an example finding. Of U.S. 4th grade students displaying clinically significant reading difficulties, 74% of White students are receiving special education. The contrasting percentages for Black, Hispanic, and American Indian students? 44%, 43%, and 48%, respectively (3)
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Okay so my son is having a nap so now I want to talk about what it’s like to have #ADHD. ADHD is often thought of as a condition that makes school kids (usually boys) misbehave and that people medicate their children to subdue them and force them to conform.
They used to think (and a lot of doctors still think this!!) that ADHD was something you “grow out of”. And that it is only necessary to treat ADHD during school. But ADHD is a lifelong, pervasive condition. It is a neurological difference that affects all aspects of our lives.
When I was at high school the motto of my school was “Excellence. Initiative. Diligence.”

I used to look at that motto on the sign every day and think “I just... don’t have that third one at all”
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