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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.

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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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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. journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.310…. 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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Been thinking about #ADHD ADHD a lot lately, cuz I have it, and thinking about (a lot of) things (at once) is just what I do. (thread)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is really a bad name for it. We have no deficits of attention. We have a surplus of it. 1/
...so much that we have to use up the extra, "floating attention" (yes, that's what it's called) with some other kind of stimulation so we can focus on what we have to focus on. That's why some kids concentrate on homework better in front of the telly or listening to music. 2/
Rather than a deficit, what we have is the inability to regulate our attention. We can't force ourselves to focus on something that we're not already interested in, no matter how important it is. As kids we CAN'T just "pay attention in class," any more than we can fly. We are 3/
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Perfectionism and shame are unhealthy coping mechanisms many #adhd folks use to motivate themselves. This article doesn't really give a very concrete solution though. It basically says "stop doing that". Well, we do it because it's what works to hide it. additudemag.com/self-criticism…
Oh God, I totally do all of these.
It talks about stopping this and it's pretty clear why it's emotionally unhealthy and not sustainable, but ok... How am I supposed to "get by" if I'm not utilizing these harmful tricks?
additudemag.com/how-to-motivat…
I read another article today about how Self Compassion/Forgiveness is more productive than shame and guilt but it was not taking into account if this person has ADHD. I'm trying to change because I need to. However, I'm worried what kind of limitations this creates.
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“Where Did Today Go?”
A Workday in the Life of ADHD (thread):

DISCLAIMER: No unsolicited advice, please. I am not looking to be told what I “should” be doing. I *know* what I should be doing, but I can’t get myself to do it consistently. That’s what makes #ADHD so frustrating.
1: Wake up to first alarm. Snooze. Wake up to second alarm. Snooze first alarm again. Snooze second alarm again. Wake up, scroll phone.

Continue until last possible minute, when “I will get fired if I don’t get out of bed right now” starts to sink in.
2: Get packed up and ready to head out door. Oh no, forgot my water bottle. Okay, ready to go. Wait, where did I leave my cell phone? Ah, got it. Cool. Shit, I almost forgot my laptop charger. Got it. Phew.

Walk out door, realize I forgot to take my meds, go back inside.
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For once, I’ll bring a topic which is important to me but everything except funny: Let’s talk about #MentalHealth. As some of you may know, I have (among other things) #ADHD. Most of the time, I would say that it is something I like about myself. But today, I’m exhausted.
I’m exhausted because of a brain which does not know how to slow down, how to stop doing things constantly, how to organise everything and how to maintain contact with people in an healthy and sane way.
I’m exhausted because when I have emotions, I cannot moderates these. It’s all or nothing, it’s either looping for hours or days, or just not existing at all. I’m also exhausted because I cannot stop my work. I’m passionate, so my work is in my brain 24h per day, all week long.
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I’m not sure what magic caused this to appear in my timeline but it gave me a nudge at a point where I really needed a nudge (or maybe a good hard shove). It also spoke to a core fear: that I’d get there and nobody would believe me. How can this be a problem now at 48?
But of course it wasn’t just now - it’s been at least since university DVD probably before. It was just never noticed because I could gut through things and was basically quiet. The more I read about ADHD, the more things made sense.
So anyway, I went in yesterday. I had bad allergies as a cover story in case I lost my nerve. But they listened to me and now I’m going back next week to see where it goes.
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#ADHD thread on self-acceptance. Buckle up!

For the longest time, I couldn’t imagine a world where I would ever actually find purpose.

To make a living doing things I love: illustration, design, writing, comedy, AND helping people? It seemed impossible.

#MentalHealthMonth
I never thought I'd get to spend my days talking about my feelings, being genuinely honest, having important conversations, becoming a positive influence, and make an impact in the mental health community.
How could I ever reach those big aspirations, when I was always feeling so overwhelmed, misunderstood, down on myself, undisciplined, unproductive, and guilty for even existing?

How was I ever gonna be able to help anyone when I couldn’t even help myself?
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I’ve struggled with the idea of posting this. But after 6 months of watching countless bastardized versions of my original #ADHD flowchart go viral, it was clear it resonated with a wider audience than I’d intended.

So I’ve made an additional version.
And here’s why. (1/4)
While this will likely never reach the viral status of all the stolen rip-offs, I’m hoping it might reach a wider audience (and in turn, bring awareness to my other ADHD comics)

Most of all, I vehemently dislike the phrasing of “how NORMAL people tell a story.” (2/4)
I have ZERO intention of watering down future comics or changing my intention to shine a spotlight on ADHD.

But this is a weird, specific instance that I want to amend because it hurts my heart reading “normal” where it once said “non-ADHD.”

It does more harm than good. (3/4)
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Emotional dysregulation is something you really need to watch out for when you have #ADHD. It's interesting to stand outside of an emotionally volatile event and watch your own reactions. I can actually *feel* my nervous system pumping adrenaline. I know I don't have to react.
When something dramatic, upsetting or angering happens and I DONT react, it's like someone is shining a big bright lightbulb in my face. I put down things and immediately forget where I put them. I forget where I'm going and what I'm doing in the middle of doing it.
The physiological reaction to drama is so distracting to my brain that I'm liable to make dumb mistakes so remembering to take it slow and lower my expectations of myself for the next few hours is key. It's almost like being in shock in a way.
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Thread: I wrote this back in October for #ADHDawarenessmonth , and thought I’d share here with the new #NeurodiverseSquad I’ve found. I spent October looking for any inspiration I could find, as I was so frustrated with hating my disability and thinking so negatively about myself
I needed some inspiration after all the time spent researching the symptoms of my weirdly wired brain please share this moment with me. 🙃 Life with ADHD is a struggle in many ways, but it can also be a gift.
💡 Impulsivity can become spontaneity, sparking creativity and out-of-the-box solutions. It can also mean planning to go to Disney World for the weekend TONIGHT because you’re bored, and everything will be packed in 5 hours. I can go from 0-100 real quick when given motivation!
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To those of you who say people with autism don't feel emotions I say this:
The past few days have been very difficult for me. My mam has been very upset and although I know why, I have no idea how to correct it. This has a consequence of making me more upset. I know that it's
not my responsibility to make her happy, but when the only person I have ever known that would do anything for me is upset, it bothers me greatly. Added to this that I am unable to express or even understand my feelings makes me even more frustrated. I get angry at myself for not
being able to help my mam. I spent a long time with my mam and emotion cards as a boy, so when my mam is sat on her sofa crying because of something someone has said, I know that she has been deeply hurt. Yet the only way I know how to help her is by making her a cup of tea,
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I have to be the dissenting voice in this #ADHD discussion. I know that "ADHD type" people exist -- I'm one of them -- but I think it is a category error to say that we have a mental disorder. This error has led to the diseasifying and drugging of millions of healthy children.
The medicalization of normal dispositions and personality types is very advantageous to drug companies, but it is harmful to people and especially children
The whole "ADHD exists vs ADHD doesn't exist" paradigm is faulty. No on denies that there are people -- again, like myself -- who fall into the category we have labeled ADHD. The question, which is more philosophical than anything, is whether that category is disordered.
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Thanks to @yashar and @danidonovan and countless others sharing our stories, #ADHD is trending. One facet I haven't yet seen discussion of (or I've just missed) is how difficult it is to jump through the federal regulations hoops to access medication. 1/
I've written about this before, particularly during the 6 months I had to go without healthcare last year because that's how long it took the state I'm in to enroll me--a full-time graduate student--in its Medicaid program (story for another time). 2/
First, there are the logistical difficulties. Everyone is different--I have narcolepsy in addition to ADHD, so Vyvanse works to treat both, but I have to take it every day. That means every 30 days, I have to get a refill. 3/
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I have spent the last few years trying to rethink #mhealth. As we work to lessen #stigma and fear I ask everyone to keep an open mind, give feedback, and join me as I delve into some unique hypotheses. 1/
This started with my sphere of mental health. (Pinned) . I don’t believe true “normal” exists and feel everyone has issues that fit within the sphere. A dx comes because of observations that are inherently flawed & variable due to relative perceptions. 2/
I use the word “flawed” because none of us can read minds, therefore, there is no objective way to truly know exactly what someone is going through or how extreme their suffering is. This is one reasons #mhealth pros have such a difficult job. 3/
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Here's a short thread (20 tweets Ha!) on why I ended up in Keith, Moray from #Norwich in Norfolk & why I wouldn't live in any other nation. This is about about how #Scotland became my home because of love & how this led to support for independence & #SNPOrganiser for Keith 1/20
For context - towards the end of 2014 I came out of a mentally & emotionally exhausting long distance relationship w/ an American, I had just started a degree in Computer Science @uniofeastanglia & found myself content in my own company & 'aloneness' .. 2/20
Scrolling my @tumblr blog, I came across a blog that I found interesting. in 1 post Mr McDonald had written about jumping some stairs in his flat, smashing his head on a door frame, and coming too on his floor w/ blood pouring out his skull. I thought it was funny. 3/20
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Fellow #ADHD kids, what elaborate new planning/organization systems and rituals are we going to embrace enthusiastically for the first half of January?
If we can crowdsource data about price, fiddliness, cult following, # of dedicated subreddits, # of naturally organized people who swore it would change our lives or said “if I can do it anyone can!”, etc, then I can get a jump start on shame spiral trajectory calculations!
My poor therapists (all): Have you tried to-do lists?

Me: Yes! I love making them, but I constantly forget to check. Also putting a task on the list can “solve” its urgency & I forget. Whereas if I DON’T write it, the terror of forgetting might keep it in focus!

Therapists:
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