Writing for Love and Money

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 andContinue reading “Writing for Love and Money”

November Call for Submissions

Our November writing prompt: Write about how different you were five or 10 years ago, as compared to now. This can be in the form of: Writing a letter to your younger self. Writing a letter to a significant person in your life, describing how you’ve changed. Thanking someone who was instrumental in positive changesContinue reading “November Call for Submissions”

I Survived Years of Relentless Bullying

If a child tells you they are being bullied: Believe the child and take them seriously. Listen and provide a safe space for the child to talk. Let them know it’s not their fault, you’re sorry this is happening, and that you will help them. Tell them you care about them, they do not deserveContinue reading “I Survived Years of Relentless Bullying”

ADHD is a Significant Risk Factor for PTSD

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 previouslyContinue reading “ADHD is a Significant Risk Factor for PTSD”

Neurodiversity Is Not A Group of People

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 moderatorContinue reading “Neurodiversity Is Not A Group of People”

ADHD Qualities of Successful Entrepreneurs

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 yourContinue reading “ADHD Qualities of Successful Entrepreneurs”

Defining ADHD Paralysis

It’s totally a thing, but not actually a thing… I used to think that I was supposed to complete tasks in a certain way, like the way neurotypicals do, I guess. Don’t try to force yourself to be neurotypical if you’re not. Find adaptations for the differences that cause you grief — while embracing theContinue reading “Defining ADHD Paralysis”

ADHD: The Gift That STILL Keeps On Giving

Comorbid Conditions Continued A Brief Recap I previously wrote about the most common co-occurring conditions with ADHD, which are anxiety, depression, bipolar, addictions, and borderline personality (BPD). Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent groups of comorbidities in people with ADHD, most commonly social anxiety, generalized anxiety, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Depression and Bipolar disorder (BD) are also highly comorbid with ADHD. CliniciansContinue reading “ADHD: The Gift That STILL Keeps On Giving”

Help With Challenging Behaviours

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 needContinue reading “Help With Challenging Behaviours”

Punishments Don’t Teach Skills

Okay, maybe one: They teach people how to be better at avoiding punishment. Punishments do not teach skills. They use threat, intimidation, and manipulation to coerce children into doing what we want. And by “we”, I usually mean adults, the ones with all the power in the situation, using that power imbalance to force children into doingContinue reading “Punishments Don’t Teach Skills”