Out in the Blogosphere

A few items of interest.

  • On Gina Pera’s blog, guest blogger Lew Mills has accomplished the Solomonic task of finding “the Gift in the Curse.” I won’t say anymore. You should read the post.
  • I’m not sure if 18Channels realizes it, but she is providing a fascinating stream of consciousness that captures the evolving A.D.D.er during the early stages of deep self discovery. You should check her blog on a regular basis.
  • On a completely different topic, Mike Doyle offers a fascinating view of life as a Mac user and his impending switch to the world of the PC and Windows. For those of you who think that the grass on the Mac side of the digital divide is greener (and I’m one of those people), you should first read Mike’s post before spending any of your dollars on a new computer. I believe that Mike’s experience and discoveries (Google apps, for example) portends the potential post-Mac/post-Windows world that may be awaiting us all.
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  • http://18channels.blogspot.com Katy B.

    Oh yes (18 Channels here) I DO realize that I’m providing documentation of the early days of a newly diagnosed adult ADHDer. While everything I post IS totally spontaneous and true to my in the moment experiences and feelings, AND there for public viewing, the original reason I started the blog was for my own self-reference. I was also frustrated with the lack, specifically, of meaty and meaningful information out there about being a woman and grown-up AND an ADHDer. Out of frustration and a critical need for processing, even if nobody ever read it, I began writing. As millions of others know, it can be a lonely process sometimes in these early days when you feel like “you’re the first”…I wish more would write. I guess even among the general population, many people have writing phobia and I would speculate that among ADHDers the numbers might be even higher. Boil it down and my writing ability is something I possess regardless of ADHD, that I can use as a tool to help myself through a difficult process…and as an added bonus I churn out information that may, at times, be useful to others. Thanks for the plug, I appreciate it.

    Sometimes I go back and read my own posts and roll my eyes, or think “oh geezus, I can’t believe I posted that” or “crap, should I really swear this much?” but…my object is honest documentation, not blowing sunshine up my own a** or anyone else’s about this process ;)

    PS: I love Doyle’s posts, hilarious. And I’m a Mac girl…but hey, if technology evolves to a point where I have better options, bring it on!

  • Jeff


    You’re providing a fantastic perspective and insight that is sorely needed. I think you will find that the writing is, not only cathartic, but an essential “guide” for the path that you are taking. And, yes, I must confess that there are some old posts that I’ve written that, upon a second reading, make me wince.

  • http://www.ADHDRollerCoaster.org Gina Pera

    Thanks, Jeff, for letting us know about Katy’s blog.

    And they’ll have to pry my Mac out of my cold, carpal-tunneled hands….

  • Ellen

    I’m continually amazed at how easy it is for most other people to get medications that help them. I’ve never had good experiences with medications (if they were good, they didn’t last because of intolerable side effects). My doctors don’t seem to understand my problem; I even went to a therapist once and she never once suggested ADHD. Doctors = disappointment. How do you guys do it? I haven’t got time to go to therapy (my job is too demanding) just so someone can deem me sufficiently screwed up to prescribe me another drug that has side effects I can’t tolerate.

  • Ellen

    Sorry for the 2nd comment (I do this a lot) – re the Lew Mills post. “Accepting my limitations” is a big part of my “list” experiment, which is working out OK. When I finally realized that there was going to be no greater “magic system” for me having a tidy bedroom than to simply keep writing down “put away your clothes for 5 minutes” every couple days and then crossing it off… that I was in fact never going to be cured of my habit of tossing my work clothes in a heap the moment I get home… well, things get a little clearer. I’ve always thrown my clothes around. I’m always gonna throw my clothes around. I’m never not going to be the kind of person who throws my clothes around. (not without this magic medication that is so easy for others to obtain but not for me, for some reason)

    Just like I’m never going to be the kind of person who enjoys any job she ever has. (another big breakthrough I came to recently, before I even investigated ADHD) I’m always going to hate my job. Always, no matter what it is. Ya know… maybe the problem is kinda also… ME? And not just my employers being stupid? (Yes, they’re stupid, but so am I.)

    BTW Katy, you have a great blog and your descriptions of the ever present anxiety buzz are spot on. I’m still living in it.

  • http://www.ADHDRollerCoaster.org Gina Pera


    You’re absolutely right. The most common method for prescribing ADHD meds resembles Pin the Tail on the Donkey. It’s just so NOT 21st Century. :-)

    There are so many reasons for the meds not working, including
    1. wrong med at the wrong dosage
    2. generic med
    3. underlying metabolic issues

    Fortunately, many of us have been pestering Dr. Charles Parker for help with ADHD meds, and he has generously focused his, er, attention on the topic.

    He’s made a free ebook available at his website, and you can also read more about neurotransmitter diagnostics. (Sometimes, the problem boils down to lacking sufficient precursors, in the form of vitamins and/or amino acids, to potentiate the medications.)

    You can read more at his blog:


    And sign up to receive his free ebook here (it truly contains information you are not going to find anywhere else….because too many MDs remain uneducated):


    When it comes to ADHD treatment, it really pays to be your own advocate.

    Hope that helps.

  • http://bipfa.wordpress.com/ Ellen

    As I recently related on my, uh, bloglet… I have a tiny bit of experience with temporarily effective medication. But I’m going through a phase where I’m very frustrated and cynical about doctors (not just relating to myself, but I don’t think my loved ones are being well served by them). I don’t live in a very cutting-edge city either and I suspect we don’t have very good doctors here.

  • http://www.ADHDRollerCoaster.org Gina Pera

    No matter where you are, you have to be your own advocate. And you also have to be patient and persevering. Mostly, though, you have to nurture hope that you’ll eventually find some workable strategies.

    Not easy, I know.

    But Dr. Parker also writes about “refractory” cases — where the ADHD meds stop working. It’s worth reading…..


  • http://18channels.blogspot.com Katy B.

    Patience and perseverence…of course these are two of the most common strengths of the adult ADHDer…pause…moohahahaha…

    Actually once I got more practiced with delaying my decision-making until “the impulse” had passed, I found that perserverence, if not patience, is becoming a strength, and thank goodness, because you are right Gina. Living with ADHD is an endurance challenge for sure.

    Ellen…that damn anxiety buzz. Nasty stuff and I’m SO SORRY that you know exactly what I’m talking about, lol! I think that white noise bothers me more than lack of focus…except that the lack of focus feeds into it…and so the cycle goes…

  • Jeff

    Wow! What a “gift,” eh? It plays havoc with your life and makes you absolutely miserable. So, instead of being down in the dumps, we redefine “miserable” as some sort of wonderful characteristic. To make it easier to live with this “wonderful characteristic,” we take meds. Now we find out that sometimes the meds stop working. I wonder how you figure that out. Is it when your messed up life becomes MORE messed up that you realize the meds have stopped working?

    Please, Morpheus, can’t I just take the blue pill and end the nightmare?

  • Scott Hutson

    Hmmmm, Maybe If I hit my finger w/a hammer today, and take two of this, and hit myself again a few days later and try two of that, and compare the difference between this and that….If I ever find that guy that came up with the saying:”No pain,No gain”… I’ll try it on him..(lol)

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