Who are you?

I am a human that teaches at a university, writes, and lives with ADHD. Philosophically, though, “I” is an illusion stitched together from fragments of experience that the ego manufactures to protect itself, so the question is meaningless.

In the legal universe, I’d have to tell you that I am not a medical or psychology professional. This blog reflects my personal experience only. It is not intended to substitute for advice from a competent professional (or even a competent person). If you need help, seek help from a qualified professional.

What is ADHD?

Google is your friend.

Why do you call this blog Attention Deficit Whatever?

Because we used to have ADD and ADHD, and some committee decided we should not have ADD anymore and instead have ADHD-I or ADHD-PI which is psychologyspeak for “ADHD without H,” yet many psychologists continue to use “ADD” in their books along with this explanation which sounds like the inside of the brain of someone with ADD.

Also, there are significant arguments against calling this a “deficit” and over-emphasizing the “disorder” aspect.

What are your credentials?

For writing about ADHD, none. For teaching writing, I hold a BA and an MFA in creative writing. I also completed the coursework for a Ph.D. in critical studies in teaching English, and the coursework and exams for a Ph.D. in educational leadership. But I gave up on both of those. As of this moment, I am in my seventeenth year of teaching.

What treatments to you recommend for ADHD?

I recommend that you ask someone who knows what they’re talking about. Seriously. Asking me that question is like asking Larry King for marriage advice.

I know what helps me, but I often don’t do it.

Why are you writing this blog?

I hope to become the Julie Powell of mental health.

What makes you happy?

Beer, music, writing, children, marriage, gadgets, reading, bicycles, yoga, Buddhism, vitamins, MSNBC, and beer.

What are your symptoms?

Procrastination, low confidence, anxiety, distractability, disorganization, dysphoric rumination, poor memory, and procrastination.

Do you take drugs?

Ritalin and caffeine are my friends. ย I currently take Concerta, which is a time-release version of Ritalin. ย Also, certain supplements seem to help: B-12, monolaurin, and krill oil.

Isn’t everyone a little ADHD?

If you’re sad, does that make you a little clinically depressed? If you drink, does that make you a little alcoholic? If you’ve ever eaten too much and thrown up, does that make you a little bulimic?

How did you ever become a professor with ADHD?

Sometimes I wonder. I used to think it was a big mistake, and that every piece of mail that arrived home from the University was the beginning of my severance package. I procrastinate a lot, and that causes problems. But I’m good at working with students and I am an idea machine. When that doesn’t help, I make lame jokes.

What are you most afraid of?

Dying alone and penniless. That, and telephone calls.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Haven’t been paying attention either, have we?

18 thoughts on “FAQ

  1. Hi, I’m Lisa with TLC Book Tours. I looked but could not find an email address for you anywhere so I guess this is the best way to contact you. I’m writing to see if you’d be interested in taking a look at a book we have coming up on tour about the positive aspects of ADHD. I was hoping you might want to share your thoughts on it with your readers. Send me an email?

  2. Why don’t publishers seek me out for ADD stuff…. You lucky!, though Go look for Gabor Matรฉ book “Scattered Minds”… as for me, I’ve dont take medication, to expensive. I’ve had to learn how to cope with mine… its difficult sometimes.

    • Thanks for your comment.
      You could probably contact TLC Book Tours directly if you’re interested in reviewing for them. They don’t pay for reviews—you get a free copy of the book and traffic to your blog. Also, I get a deadline out of it, which helps me write.
      You might look into supplements if you can’t afford meds (if you haven’t already). There is a lot of quackery in the supplement biz, so be careful.
      Also I find meditation, yoga, and exercise to be enormously helpful.
      Thanks for visiting! I enjoyed reading through your blog.

  3. So I creeped over here for a second because I was curious who on Earth would be liking the writing I did when I was half asleep and supposed to be working on a paper, and I ended up staying long enough to read a thing or two (or twenty, because that’s what happens when the Concerta is still active). I’m seeing so much of myself in your posts/pages it’s uncanny.

    …. including the love affair with comments. ๐Ÿ™‚

    So here’s my thank you for the like – both because it was nice of you and because it introduced me to your blogroll. As someone who has only known about her AD-blah for about 10 months, it’s totally awesome to find all these fantastic writers sharing their own perspectives on the same kind of crazy that’s been doing its best to derail my career for years.

    • Thanks for your comment, and welcome to the club. I’ve only been diagnosed since 2011 and it is helpful to know that there are others out there experiencing similar symptoms. Although that tarnishes my sense of my own originality . . .

      “AD-blah” is good!

      • I did a bunch of work with IEPs before I was diagnosed, and I distinctly remember the nightmare of deciphering the “ADDADHDHADHDPIADHDC” alphabet soup. I laughed the second I saw your blog’s title. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Also – from what I DO know of this community and the symptoms we share, “originality” is pretty much the last thing you need to worry about.

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