Adults with ADHD often struggle with going on vacation, school and business trips, primarily because of the challenge involved in packing. They’re hard on themselves because they think it should be easy.
What I’ve learned over the years is packing requires a little bit of memory and a lot of working memory (executive functioning) because of the misconception that one must retrieve from memory all the items necessary for this particular trip.
Here are my suggestions to make thinking of, and packing easier:
Visualize yourself on the trip and walk through, step by step, all the places you will go and then make a list of the things that you would need in order to make the trip successful.
My Boy Scouts experience taught me that it’s easier not to have to remember what to take, but to make a list of everything you could take and strike off what you don’t need. Then, all you have to do is pack everything left. The warm coat could be crossed off if you were going to a tropical area, but you’d keep the long johns if you were going north. Removing what you don’t need is much easier from an executive functioning perspective than it is to recall what you do need. See my talk on this subject here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgiJT-Q2kG8
What do you think of these suggestions? Do you have any others to share? I’d love to hear from you!
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ADDitude Magazine talks about self-regulation and ADHD and refers to this Attention Talk Radio podcastin which Jeff Copper interviews Autumn Zitani, M.A., Senior Director of Curriculum and Content at Sesame Workshop. The article talks about emotional self-regulation as a complex neurological function that helps us pay attention to shifting stimuli, evaluate them, and respond in appropriate ways. When it is lacking (as it is for many children with ADHD), parents often struggle to explain and teach self-control. This is where the long-running television show “Sesame Street” steps in to help.
Parenting ADHD Summit with Penny Williams – 38 of the world’s ADHD and parenting experts share top Insights and Strategies for Effectively Raising a Child with ADHD.
More than 28 hours of expertise on how to let go of traditional expectations, boost your child’s self-esteem, manage child and family stress, navigate school struggles, handle emotional intensity, empower your child for success and confidence, take care of yourself, parent with purpose and intention, and so much more.
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Is Your Working Memory Working with Adult ADHD/ADD?– Jeff Copper, guest expert on ADHD Support Talk Radio, discusses working memory challenges in adults with ADHD. If you want to understand how your working memory may be an obstacle to performing at your best, listen in to hear Jeff’s working memory Aha!
ADHD isn’t so much a deficit of attention but rather an issue of self-regulation—the ability to vigorously engage the executive functioning brain to override the automatic brain.
This ability to pause, ponder, and choose a different path to proceed is what helps us reach our goals.
When it comes to weight management, the rubber meets the road at the point of performance/impact, i.e., the dinner table. Your success at weight management hinges upon self-regulation. Can you pause, identify your triggers,and then design an environment that can help you regulate your urge to eat more than necessary?
ADHD stimulant medications are classified as Schedule II medications, which means they have a high potential for abuse and as a result are controlled substances. Medications like Adderal are in high demand on college campuses as a study aid. Many with ADHD are lured by friends to share medications and sometimes sell them, which constitutes a felony act. In a rising trend, many ADHD students are unaware of the punitive consequences of ADHD drug diversion, and it has become a hot topic. Many resources talk at students on the topic which mutes the message.
Having dyslexia, I see the world a bit differently. It is exceptionally difficult to articulate, but I am driven to understand things, to get to their essence, to put things in a context that makes logical sense. Mindfulness, meditation, success, or gratitude journals have always been something a bit nebulous to me. Over the years interviewing experts, I now see each item as an attention exercise with emphasis on exercise. An athlete does repetitive exercise to build muscle, stamina, or skills. When exercise or practice stops, those things atrophy.
Are you worried about the long-term effects of taking ADHD stimulant medications? You should be. You should also be worried about the long-term effects of NOT taking ADHD meds. All too often, I find people demonize medications prematurely or don’t put them in context. Mind you, I’m not pro medication, but I am anti suffering, especially in the face of ignorance.
Frequently, I’m asked, “How do I know if my ADHD medications are working?” This is a fascinating question. I often find that people start taking meds with an expectation that they will magically become organized. Other times, it isn’t like a person is expecting to feel a buzz, but they do seem to expect to feel something cognitively. In excess, the meds can be noticeable. Some describe the experience as a calmness. In any event, you shouldn’t be feeling a buzz. Continue reading “Are My ADHD Meds Working?”→