ADHD Medication Rules: Paying Attention To The Meds For Paying Attention

Over the last few years, I’ve gotten to know a remarkable man- a practicing child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist named Dr. Charles Parker- who runs the sites www.CorePsych.com and www.CorePsychBlog.com.

Dr. Parker and I have had a number of discussions about medications and the general misunderstanding many physicians have in prescribing meds for their ADHD patients. I’ve been following his blog and always come away learning something new or seeing things in a new perspective that I hadn’t understood before.

Dr. Parker has just released a very important Ebook that I think everyone needs to look at. It’s called “ADHD Medication Rules: Paying Attention To The Meds For Paying Attention” and it can be downloaded from his site as an eBook HERE .

He covers unique and interesting topics, including the various things folks with ADHD tend to avoid; whether it’s intimate relationships or starting/finishing projects.

But the part I really find fascinating is his approach to understanding one’s biology and how that affects the way medications work- or don’t work. Particularly interesting is his fabulous explanation of the therapeutic window.

Do yourself a favor. Download Dr. Parker’s eBook. It just might help to point you in the right direction for getting the proper help, especially when the treatment you’ve gotten in the past simply is not working for you- or your child.

Download his book here:

New Book by Dr. Russell Barkley

Taking Charge of Adult ADHD

“This book will surely become a classic. If you are an adult with ADHD, Dr. Barkley can help you make sense of your lifelong struggles and develop a clear roadmap for overcoming them. Stories and examples from others facing the same challenges bring Dr. Barkley’s ideas to life. I will certainly recommend this easy-to-read yet scientifically based book to everyone who comes through our adult ADHD clinic.”–J. Russell Ramsay, PhD,

Order your copy HERE

Procrastinating? Or Doing it- Your Choice

When you just can’t seem to get something done; when you keep putting it off and putting it off, you spend a lot of mental energy feeling bad about it.

What feels better? Ruminating over something you need to check off your to-do list? Or taking action and getting it done? You choose.

Sari Solden LIVE Broadcast Friday, July 30th

Finding Your Self with ADHD

Sari will be offering a free video broadcast tomorrow, July 30 from 12 noon- 12:30pm EST.

Write in LIVE or send your questions in advance to sari@sarisolden.com, and she will choose several to address during the broadcast.

This program is open to all visitors and members and will be saved and accessible from her site at www.ADDJourneys.com – NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED!

A Filing System That Even Impresses Me!

I know, I know. You’ve tried everything to tame your papers. Well, a dear reader contacted me recently about this product- the FreedomFiler. She told me that it really works for her and hoped I’d pass this along. So that’s what I’m doing. I checked out their site and I have to say…I’m impressed!

Check it out HERE

Keep Quarreling Siblings from Driving You Nuts This Summer

I read an interesting article in the Detroit Free Press that quoted a psychologist friend/colleague of mine, Dr. Arthur Robin. Dr. Robin is a respected expert on ADHD. Though the article is not specific to ADHD, I thought you might find it helpful.

Read it HERE

How to Stop Burning Your Dinner

Do you put dinner in the oven only to forget it’s in there, thus burning your chicken, roast, turkey, etc?

I found this totally cool and helpful device. It’s a Digital Oven Thermometer with Remote Pager. Here are some of the features:

  • Wireless remote alerts you to when food is almost done and done
  • Functions as a baking/roasting thermometer and a timer
  • Temperature range 32 to 450 degrees F or 0 to 232 degrees C
  • Backlit for easy reading
  • Programmable thermometer

Check it out HERE

10 Expert Tips to Help Your ADHD Child

Recently, I was interviewed by Laurie Sanchez from LifeScript.com about how to manage your ADHD child. My pal Rory Stern was also quoted in the piece, offering many helpful tips as well.

Read the article HERE then come back and share some of your own tips!

Is it Procrastination or is it Anxiety of the Unknown?

I’ve been working for months on re-designing and setting up my new home office- a space where I can work but also where I can retreat to in order to get away from the madness of everyday life. My objective was to create a practical work space while retaining a sense of tranquility and calm. In addition, the space had to double as a guest room for the occasional out-of-towner.

The work tables and cabinets have been purchased and assembled. The painters are long gone. There’s even a new sofa bed and recliner as well. I’ve spent days unpacking boxes and putting things away. Even the supply closet is looking pretty fine. But I’m stuck!

Getting stuck is nothing new, but I do find that analyzing WHY I’m stuck, often unlocks the key, allowing me to move forward. Often times, it’s simply the ADD “overwhelm”- a feeling you all are more than familiar with.

But in this case, the hardest work is now complete. So why is it nearly impossible to unpack those last few boxes?

I think I’ve figured it out. Because it’s happened to me many times before:

I’m afraid of finishing a project because then I’m faced with that sense of emptiness and the gnawing, anxiety-laden question of: WHAT DO I DO NEXT?

It’s facing that dark abyss– the not knowing what to tackle next. Not knowing which project at hand to work on next. Or worse, having TOO many projects and not knowing which one to choose.

Could procrastinating, then, serve a different function sometimes? Could it be a way to avoid making the NEXT decision? Not just the “where does it go?” decision, but, “now that I’m done, what do I do? Is it, in part, anxiety in disguise?

Does this ring true for you at times? Share your thoughts in the Comment section below.

 

 

Do you Daydream in the Shower? Bath Clock Keeps you on Track

Taking a shower, at least for me and many I know with ADHD, isn’t a simple grooming ritual. It’s a time to…

1. Brainstorm new ideas for decorating the living room.

2. Ruminate over what a co-worker said the day before and wondering why the words still sting.

3. Reminisce being a little girl, hunting for 4 leaf clovers, with no other care in the world.

4. Mentally prepare dinner

5. Suddenly become incredibly creative: planning a new painting, writing a new song, screenplay, poem <fill in the blank>

6. Worry about the kids

7. Remember all the bills that have yet to be paid

8. Simply daydream

…which of course, causes us to lose sight of the time and find ourselves yet again late for work, getting the kids off to school, etc.

I found a solution to the problem. It’s a clock that you put in the shower! You can keep daydreaming, yes, but the clock will remind you when to stop. Check it out HERE.

4 ADD Friendly Recipes

1. 15 Minute Turkey and Rice Dinner

Ready In: 15 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients: 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 1/2 cups water 1/4 tsp. each paprika and pepper 2 cups uncooked Minute White Rice 2 cups cooked turkey or chicken 2 cups cooked vegetables (carrots, green beans, peas)

Directions: Mix soup, water, paprika and pepper in skillet. Heat to a boil. Stir in rice, turkey and vegetables. Cook over low heat 5 min. or until done.

2. 5 Minute Burrito Wraps

Ready In: 15 minutes Servings: 6

Ingredients: 1 can (11 1/4 ounces) Campbell’s Condensed Fiesta Chili Beef Soup 6 flour tortillas (8-inch) Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Directions: Spoon 2 tablespoons soup down center of each tortilla. Top with cheese. Fold tortilla around filling. Place seam-side down on microwave-saft plate and microwave on High 2 minutes or until hot.

3. Easy Tuna Dinner

Ready In: 15 minutes

Ingredients: 1 package (10 oz.) frozen peas 1-1/4 cups water 1 can condensed Cheddar cheese soup 1 can tuna (drained and flaked) 1 chicken bouillon cube 1/4 tsp. pepper 1-1/2 cup Minute rice

Directions: Bring peas, water, soup, tuna, bouillon cube and pepper to full boil in a large saucepan. Stir in rice. Cover; remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with fork.

4. Easy Fettucine Alfredo

Ready In: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients: 8 ounces fettucine 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup evaporated skim milk 1/3 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, shredded 1/2 teaspoon dried basil juice from 1/2 of a lemon dash ground black pepper additional fresh parmesan cheese, shredded fresh basil

Directions: Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; immediately return to pan. Add olive oil; toss to coat. Add evaporated milk, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, dried basil, lemon juice, and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat until bubbly, stirring constantly. Top with additional Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

Do you have some ADD Friendly recipes you’d like to share? Post them in the ADD Friendly Recipe thread, here, in the Forums.

7 Easy Steps to Dressing a Table for Dinner (How can I decorate a table if I can’t decide on a menu?)

Every weekend, our newspaper delivers a special supplement that is chock full of interesting tidbits that focus on home living: recipes, decorating, home repair, etc.

Last week, an article ran titled “7 Easy Steps to Dressing a Table for Dinner” and I just had to laugh. The piece was chock full of great ideas for displaying a beautiful dinner table, but how does that help me if I can’t figure out WHAT to cook, let alone how to display it like an artist’s masterpiece?

Here are the seven steps:

1.Pick your theme

2. Start with a great base

3. Pick powerful plates

4. Add flatware

5. Select gorgeous glassware

6. Tuck in a napkin

7. Add layers of fun

So…I came up with the Matlen version:

1. Theme: Circus. That’s pretty much how you’d describe mealtime at my house.

2. Base: Vinyl table mats. Easy to clean up.

3. Plates: Paper. Ok, kill me for not going green. But for me, it’s all about survival.

4. Flatware: Plastic. Kill me again.

5. Glassware. Hmm..they suggest gorgeous. Do plastic cups come in patterns?

6. Napkin: why is this one singular? With my crew, it’s a stack in the middle of the table. I can’t tuck in 10 napkins under one (plastic) plate.

7. Fun: How about playing The Guessing Game? All members of my family have to guess what’s on their plate. Losers get to wash, er…throw away the dishes, while mom retreats to the hammock to recover from the train wreck of a dinner preparation.

So, do you think I should submit my ideas to the newspaper?

Keep Track of School Stuff

Finally! A solution for organizing your kids’ school stuff! Each compartment contains five folders: stuff to do, stuff to keep, stuff to return, fun stuff, and calendars.

Check it out HERE.

The ADD Mammogram

I had it written on my calendar as a reminder. The script has been sitting on my desk since December. But in true ADD fashion, I kept putting off the appointment.

A good friend had hers done recently and emailed me that there were some concerns. That kicked me into gear, so I called up to make my appointment. They had an opening that day.

The lady who greeted me was easy going, with a face softened by a sweet smile. I got the orders and froze:

“TakeEverythingOffFromTheWaistUp…HangYourClothesOnThe HookButTakeYourPurseWithYour…PutTheGownOnButLeaveItOpenInTheBack”

Now I have a problem. You see, I am not an audio learner. When people talk too fast or throw too many directions at me, I get lost. It’s like swimming in a pool of words that I can’t make out.

Normally, in the old days when I was still very insecure about my challenges, not knowing there was a name to them, I would have nodded, and then blundered my way through the whole thing.

But yesterday was different. I simply said, “Do you mind repeating that? That was a whole lot for me to take in!”

And she did.

Now…if YOU are procrastinating about getting your mammogram done:

1. Stop what you are doing.

2. Call your OB/GYN or family doc.

3. Ask for a prescription to get your annual mammogram.

4. Write it on your calendar/planner…whatever you use to keep track of your day. I’ll wait. Ok, good. More than good- good for you!

5. Post here to let us know when your appointment is. Let’s see how many posts we can get. Because I’m officially calling today:

ADD Mammogram Day!

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