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How I Manage My Own ADHD

Photo by Mira Kemppainen

Photo by Mira Kemppainen

Originally published on Medium

Holidays + ADHD = EDS Stormy Weather

At my presentation at CHADD I told the very personal story of my then most current ADHD Emotional Distress Syndrome storm. It came as a result of the Houston Astros, my childhood baseball dream team winning the World Series! This monumental event threw off every personal strategy I had to manage my ADHD diagnosis.

Less sleep, more impulse spending. I started the series owning one shirt and one hat. I ended the series with 3 hats, 6 shirts, a souvenir game book, a 24K gold medallion, and a replica signed world series baseball. Oh boy, time to reset.

It’s all fun and games until you see the price you paid.

It’s all fun and games until you see the price you paid.

Once I settled down from this storm, the hurricane blizzard of storms was waiting for me. First my generic medication formulary was changed by my insurance without my knowledge. At the same time, I realized that I had quite over amped my expectations of how much I had planned to start in 2018.

I live this irony: being the “expert” in the field, yet still under evaluating how much I can take on. It’s an ongoing roller coaster.

There I was without one of my best honed strategies to stay balanced in all that I do. I was overwhelmed realizing I had over arched my expectations yet again.

So, what is an “ADHD Expert” to do? Take his own advice, that’s what! I reread again May Day May Day in my book Forward Forward and I hunkered down. I rested, meditated, watched myself go every which way but loose at times. In my impulsive runs at doing things, my dear wife Edie understood and took care of herself amidst my storm.

No, it was not all hunky dory all the time, yet what I teach others is the most valuable advice I can give myself. And the best part, the MAY DAY MAY DAY part of my book saved me from my own EDS Storm. I have reset my medication use in the past week. I reprioritized my goals for 2018. Through my meditation, I found my mantra for the year: simplify to the point of breathing easy.

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