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Important To-Do: Take Care of You

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ADDitude asked: "What would you put on your to-do list to make yourself happy?"

I try to stop taking things personally and remind myself that I'm not the reason people around me are upset. — Francesca, Germany

Find a therapist who understands adult ADD and the repercussions of a late-in-life diagnosis! — Beth, Massachusetts

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Notes on Taking Notes

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Taking notes should be more than writing down information as a teacher is lecturing. A student needs to pay attention and try to understand what the teacher is teaching. He should be able to distinguish the big picture from insignificant details. A student should admit it when the lecture material is going over his head and...

My Child's Doctor Got it Wrong! Did Yours?

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My son's doctor got it all wrong. I didn't think so at the time. He was a highly regarded ADHD specialist, and I hung on every word he said. At the end of our visit, he made the solemn pronouncement: "Your son has ADHD."

Except that he didn't. But back then, even as a doctor, I was credulous. I wanted a diagnosis and a...

Tag! I'm It!

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If something minor is irritating you, shouldn't you be able to carry on and not let it bother you?

Most grownups can ignore what bugs them, but adults with ADHD aren't as lucky. One of the side effects of living with ADHD is hypersensitivity. If you're hypersensitive, there are times when you can't block out what's bothering...

How Do You Get Yourself to Sleep When ADHD Keeps You Up?

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ADDitude asked: "If your ADHD keeps you up, how do you get yourself to sleep?"

Aromatherapy oils help me get sound sleep.-Aviva, New York

I listen to music from the '70s. Because I know the songs, it takes my mind off of my worries and I go to sleep almost immediately. -Walter, Alaska

Read a nonfiction book. It is less likely to...

Win Over Your Defiant Teen!

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When your main goal is to get control over a defiant teen's behavior, learning to pay attention, spending some positive time together, ignoring minor misbehavior, and offering praise may seem like digressions. But these are essential elements to putting your relationship with your teen on positive footing. Praise and quality...

A Sound Strategy for Focus

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I've always known about the ability of music to focus the ADHD brain since I started writing seriously in high school. Whenever I had a paper, essay, or story to write, I'd do it while listening to music. Not just any music: The music couldn't have words, had to have a certain tempo, had to last a while, and couldn't stop and...

How I Achieved Serenity, One Breath at a Time

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I first saw her when I was 20 years old. She was sitting in a back room at an art gallery, and I was immediately drawn to her. As I approached the terracotta sculpture, the expression on her face struck me. It was serene and composed, and I instantly recognized it — not as something I had experienced, but as something I w...

The College Try: Is Your Child Ready for Freshman Year?

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First, the good news: the number of students with ADHD and/or LD attending college has increased exponentially in the past 30 years. Getting into college is only half the battle. All teens, especially those with ADHD and LD, need strategies to meet increased academic expectations and to live on their own.

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How to Be Best Buds with an ADHDer

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Authors: ADDitude.com

ADDitude has written lots of articles about the ways ADHDers can be better friends to their non-ADHD buddies: Do this and don't do that, try this, not that. Don't say this, say that. After all the tips, instruction, and how-tos, it seems fair that non-ADHDers should listen to what ADHDers are looking for in a good friend. It...