An opportunity to pursue my passion and share my knowledge.
I’ve always loved writing yet I’ve never considered myself a very creative person. I am good at technical writing, but I don’t paint pictures with words the way some very talented writers do.
I’ve come to learn that I can write to my strengths and interests, and I don’t have to be a top writer to make a difference in the lives of others — and hopefully make a few dollars in the process, of course.
And not surprisingly, ADHD + PTSD can lead to addiction.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
Complex PTSD (c-PTSD) is caused by ongoing trauma, or trauma that was previously ongoing for months or years, often in childhood.
I will not directly discuss any traumatic events, but reading about PTSD or c-PTSD can be triggering in itself. It is difficult just writing about the topic, even from an over-intellectualizing distance without getting into specifics.
Please practice good self-care and do not read if you feel the content may do you more harm than good.
As always, my articles are intended to be informative and supportive, but are not intended as individual mental health advice, and cannot replace the advice of a medical professional.
Neurodiversity is a political movement, a philosophy, and a personal framework.
I made a rookie mistake.
I don’t use reddit, but recently discovered r/ADHD, and tried to post there without first reading the community rules and guidelines. I made a short, simple post introducing myself as a fellow neurodivergent, which was flagged by the moderator bot.
“Neurodivergent suffering is primarily (although likely not totally) a product of societal exclusion and marginalization.”
– Robert Chapman
“Neurodiversity is necessary for a sustainable, flourishing human society.”
– Judy Singer
“…the pathology paradigm divides the spectrum of human cognitive performance into “normal” and “other than normal,” with “normal” implicitly privileged as the superior and desirable state.”
– Dr. Nick Walker
“…this pathology paradigm consistently resulted in autistics being stigmatized, misrepresented, dehumanized, abused, harmed, and traumatized by professionals and by their own families.”
– Dr. Nick Walker
“…social institutions enhance specific patterns of thought, feeling, and behaviour by providing a normative framework that rewards, reinforces, or discourages particular kinds of ways of thinking and behaving.”
– Michelle Maiese
“Society’s normative expectations define our differences, and potentially cause further psychological ‘disability’ via a culture and ideology of ‘normalcy’.”
Research shows us where ADHD and successful entrepreneurship overlap.
I’ve been a successful entrepreneur for more than 11 years and only found out in October 2019 that I have ADHD.
“Know yourself, honestly evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, then work to your strengths. Find ways to either improve upon, work around, accommodate, or outsource your areas of weaknesses wherever possible.”
Depression and Bipolar disorder (BD) are also highly comorbid with ADHD. Clinicians must be cognizant of cultural and methodological differences across continents when differentiating between these diagnoses, to prevent misdiagnosis, and to provide optimal care for both ADHD and BD.
In this case challenging is an adverb, not a verb. We’re not challenging the kids, even though their behaviour is sometimes challenging.
What NEED is the behaviour meeting for that child?
“ADHD is a deficit of regulation, not a deficit of knowledge.”
– Dr. Russell Barkley
“Instead of viewing behaviours purely as difficulties we need to get rid of, it’s helpful to see them as forming an instructional manual for how to support each child.”
– Dr. Mona Delahooke
“A child who seems to be misbehaving is, in the process, adapting and surviving”
– Dr. Mona Delahooke
When we punish behaviours that stem from the child’s divergent neurology, we are essentially punishing a child for having a disability.
Even worse, when we punish behaviours that stem from the child’s divergent neurology, and we haven’t appropriately supported or accommodated their needs, we are essentially punishing a child for having a disability that has been ignored.
The goal is connection, not compliance.
“If caregivers are focused only on modifying behaviour, then all they’re modifying is the signal. But they’re not solving any of the problems that are causing the signal.”
– Dr. Ross Greene
“Behaviorally challenging kids are challenging because they’re lacking the skills to not be challenging.”