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How has ADHD benefited you?

Group, I have been reading all your discussions and replies dealing with the troubles, problems, and heartaches dealing with ADHD.  I want to turn the tables around a bit and ask has your ADHD ever benefited you? 
Is there something you can do with your mind that most people can’t do or find difficult doing?
Can you think up good ideas without effort?
Can you fully learn a new subject in less than a day where most people take 3 to 4 months?
Are you more creative and inventive than most people?

For me, I can resolve very complicated software glitches within a few minutes where my coworkers take several hours.  I can also drive long distance for hours without getting tired.

Share with us how ADHD benefits you or puts you in an advantage over non-ADD folks.

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Hi Spage and all Other ADDer’s and Non-ADDer’s

Firstly let me introduce myself. I was first diagnosised with ADD/ADHD as a child, although because I come from an old school family that is very much against this kind of thing and sees it as a character flaw, I had to seek help where I could on my own. Now as an adult I have gone into therapy and yet again been diagnosised with Adult ADHD not definitively though. Clearly I have a mind that works differently, not as well in some ways, but even better than most in others.

How has my ADHD benefitted me? Well firstly I am able to use the “jumpiness” of my thoughts to link up idea’s and practical solutions into a bigger picture that others battle with. This wows the people I work with when it comes to the various charity programs I am involved in. I turn a simple event or task we have planned into an amazing project that reaches out to more people in more ways and achieves more of goals with regards to the overall mission of the event or task.

Secondly I am very good at picking up the glitches in what someone is or isn’t saying. Because through the years I have battled with memory recall I tought myself to ask myself questions that help me understand if my mind is picking up all the right pieces and showing me the memory as it was. For example I remember having a conversation with a counsellor where for whatever reason I see it as a replay where I am sitting on my balcony talking to her. I know this is not correct because she has never been in my flat. So when I feel I’m being lied to I ask someone else the same question I would ask myself to figure out if the picture they are painting shows all the pieces fitting together to that effect.

I see my ADHD the same as I see any other difficulty I might face in my life… a challenge or gift that begs for me to use it to the best of my advantage. Sure its difficult, and somedays I hate it and I wish I wasn’t like thi. BUT I remind myself that everybody has some or other difficulty in life and that no matter what others (or myself for that matter) has to say about it, it can only be a character flaw if I choose to see it that way.

For everyone here, those trying to understand their loved one’s difficulties, those trying to better understand themselves and those trying to deal with this strange and wonderful thing, I commend you. You are taking a pro-active approach and you are working at it. Be proud of that and know just like me you are not alone.

Posted by Courts1 on Oct 30, 2013 at 3:29pm

I will agree with Lakelife, that looking for the benefits of ADHD is kind of like looking for a needle in a stack of needles. That said my problem solving skills and creativity have been a blessing for me, but I am not sure I am ready to say that the good side of ADD outweighs the bad side. I have got it and I can not get rid of it so I might as well learn how to live with it. You can look at it as a blessing or a curse it is up to you.

Posted by Rancher John on Oct 30, 2013 at 6:54pm

I have to say that I respectfully disagree with the earlier post and, as an ADHD Coach, I wonder how much of that perspective is just the very thing that is holding them back.

Don’t get me wrong: ADHD is definitely not all “sunshine and roses”!  I work with people every day who are really, really struggling, in large part due to their ADHD-related characteristics.  And, as a woman with ADHD myself, I’ve been there and will always continue to struggle with certain things.  But so much of what makes a client shift from struggling to what I call, “Learning to live Well with ADHD,” is a change in their thinking and perspective about themselves and their ADHD.

When we are stuck in that negative mindset about our ADHD—focused on our challenges and what we don’t do well—we are functioning from a perspective of failure and fear.  We become stuck in a cycle of self-blame and shame that keeps us from moving forward, and enhances our “imperfections.”  When we can shift our focus to our strengths and an appreciation for our own individual talents and “gifts”, it’s so much easier to see past all the angst and embrace solutions.  My ADHD clients will really struggle with finding solutions to their challenges that work for them and stick until they can make that mindset shift.  It’s not easy, but it’s about taking a strength-based approach to managing your challenges.

Yes, it sucks to have the attention span of a gnat one minute, and then become so hyper-focused on something that we lose track of everything else the next!  But there are solutions for that.  And it sucks to have to work so hard to manage the paper in my life when my husband seems to do it so effortlessly.  But there are solutions for that, too. 

And meds can sometimes make it easier for us to focus to learn to do things differently, but we still have to do the work to learn those things, and to being open to them. 

I think of my ADHD characteristics as pieces and parts of what make up who I am.  I have blonde hair, blue eyes, unpredictable attention, a poor sense of time, an affinity for “shiny” things, and size 9 feet! (I can’t believe I just put that on the internet!)  But that’s who I am.  And that difficulty regulating my attention that comes from my ADHD brain also makes me interested in lots and lots of different things, which has made me good (maybe not great) at lots of different things.  More things than most people I know who don’t have ADHD.  I can frame a structure, hang drywall, do plumbing repairs, and decorate beautifully.  I am intuitive, and funny and kind and sensitive and a great listener (as long as the person talking doesn’t repeat themselves too much!) and I am as loyal to the people I love (and who love me back) as any dog.  I have been a professional writer, a professional singer, and I own and manage several rental properties in addition to having a full-time coaching practice.  Who else but someone with ADHD could or would do all that? I also happen to suck at paperwork, procrastinate horribly at things like filing, have a wonky working memory, and have to work damned hard to keep on top of simple things like book keeping and housework. 

But who would you rather have for a friend?  A really good filer, or a really good listener?

Just sayin’ …

Lynne Edris, ACG
Life & ADHD Coach
http://www.CoachingADDvantages.com

Posted by ADD_Coach_Lynne on Oct 30, 2013 at 7:36pm

I think I am unencumbered by having to be “prepared” for every damn thing.  I can fly by the seat of my pants.  I see the lack of this trait in my coworkers.  It is astonishing how flustered they get when something crops up suddenly.  It is astonishing to me how they must have multiple conversations just to schedule a time to have a conversation, essentially.  “Oh I’m not available then.  I’ll be able to do that Friday.”  Whatever.  Meanwhile, I just get it done.  Losers.

lol…i’m trying to flip the argument around.  Why not see that slow, plodding, predictable approach as the problematic one?  They (non-ADDers) remind me of The Slowskys…that commercial for highspeed internet with the turtles?  Anybody know that commercial? 

Plus, I am creative. And very determined.  And those together make for a good problem-solver/troubleshooter.  And with the proper discipline and practice, I think we make very dynamic teachers.

Plus, I am also very intuitive.  I can watch other people in conversation and I *know* that Person A is missing Person B’s point, and exactly what they need to *get* the point.  I can zoom in on missing pieces of information, on who missed which piece.

If we all had Administrative Assistants to keep track of our annoying little details for us and remind us of appointments and such (or enter them onto our calendars for us), I think we’d find life a lot more pleasant.  Does Obamacare cover that??  lol

Posted by hitwcidb on Oct 31, 2013 at 12:13am

LOL hitwcidb!  I think you forgot to mention that you have a great sense of humor in that witty retort!

smile

Posted by ADD_Coach_Lynne on Oct 31, 2013 at 12:30am

I can forget my problems real fast, even if I don’t want to.

Posted by allovertheplace on Oct 31, 2013 at 5:35am

The ability to read people. I know its like judging a person, but I tend to peg people for who they are….there are a ton of selfish “me first” people that will use you as a step stool just for profit and not help in return…..

Oh! And the ability to forget things a lot

Posted by Newlife on Oct 31, 2013 at 5:53am

Wow, thanks for sharing that with us Lynne:)

It’s comforting for me to hear success stories from real people!! Just wondering.. excuse me if this is a bit intrusive, but does your hubby buy you lots of jewellery (you know, with your love of shiny things and all)?

Hitwcidb, nicely said!!! I like your approach:)

With you on that Newlife, except I battle to read even the most obvious things in those I am close too. They just have to tell me straight up or hope some miracle occurs that lets me know whats going on.

LOL but a random walks up to me at a bar or whatever and I spill out details about the person picking up on the slightest of details that often makes them nervous, sometimes even angry. But its usually a big laugh to me because they show how accurate my reading is/was. Although I’m learning to bite my tongue and keep some thoughts to myself. My dam it can be so tough though, like an itch I just have to scratch.

Allovertheplace, I can forget too, but rest assured some negative nelly is there to nag and remind me every step of the way. But then I speak out loud and take them for a ride on my thought train and before long they are too exhausted to keep reminding me. I love it!!!

Posted by Courts1 on Oct 31, 2013 at 3:59pm

LOL Courts1!  I’m not a jewelry kinda girl—I think he has only bought me jewelry a couple times in our 25 years. But I find plenty of other things to be distracted by. I’m quite sure he has benefited NUMEROUS times (probably too many to count) from my distractibility when he has really pissed me off, but I got distracted by something else and forgot why I was upset, or that I was mad at all!  LOL

My inability to hold onto a grudge is probably another upside of my ADHD!

Posted by ADD_Coach_Lynne on Oct 31, 2013 at 5:18pm

Hi y’all. love the posts. before I was diagnosed with ADD, auditory processing LD, and OCD achievement (lol), I went after all my dreams with passion and a strong will. I persued and achieved all my goals. I earned a master’s degree in plant biology and got the job of my dreams. I married and have a daughter and even a granddaughter now. I struggled immensely and shed a lot of tears along the way but I believed I could do it. the program I ran was no longer funded after 9 years and so I struggled the last 13 years with jobs I’m not as suited for. now I understand that. learning of my diagnoses has been an eye opener and relief yet it has made me exhausted and drained to have worked so darn hard. now I have an excuse to just give up.

my point is that we really can do a lot more than we think we can as long as we believe in ourselves and are not afraid to work harder than others.

Posted by theresaADHD on Oct 31, 2013 at 5:54pm

Thanks everyone for the posts.  I wanted to start a conversation showing that this so call “disorder’ can also be a blessing.  If some of you reading this only see this as a negative trait, I bet there is something you can do better than most people.

I have a theory, not scientifically proven, just my personal theory about why there is ADD in the first place.  Go way back to early man,  the law of life survival was survival of the fittest. Fighting off disease, wild animals, disasters, and war.  Its been said success for survival was to fight or flight.  I propose another success to survive and that was to think fast.  Strong men would fight off an enemy, fast men would outrun their enemy, and a fast thinker who was not strong or fast would have to out think their enemy.  We can thank our forefathers for this gift because they had to quickly think their way out of a life threatening situation and was rewarded with lots of children who carried this trait and passed it down to all of us..

Posted by spage_hasADD on Nov 02, 2013 at 7:13am

I guess I would have to say a positive of my ADHD is my ability to multi-task.  Yeah, some scientists say that you can only ‘fully’ focus on one thing at a time; others say there are people who can focus on one thing at a time, multi-taskers (who can focus on many things at once but quality of focus is compromised by switching focus between things), and super multi-taskers!  Which is where I fit in!  For some strange reason, I CAN’T do anything unless I am also doing something else at the same time.  If I want to clean the house, I phone a friend.  If I’m talking on the phone, I check my email, do a word search, pay bills, and listen to music, all at the same time!

I was playing a game called ladderball recently, and when I would just concentrate on throwing the balls, I would miss the targets; however, if I was talking and telling a story to others at the same time, I would hit the targets right on!  Someone commented, “You do better when you’re talking…lol!!”

So, I don’t believe that my work suffers if I multi-task; I have to multi-task if anything is to get accomplished.  But I like it, because I’ve never met anyone who can do this like I can, and it makes me unique in that way.  :-D

Posted by LittleD1981 on Nov 02, 2013 at 10:09pm

I think whether or not we find any blessings from living with ADD/ADHD would probably depend on where we are in life along with what we have been able to do with treatment and whatever other things we do to help ourselves.

When I was a kid, my ADD drove my parents and my teachers a little crazy.  In the end, however, I had not only acquired the information and skills needed,, I was also able to “think outside the box” and accomplish things that my moe pragmatic friends think are undoable.  Many of them come to me for creative solutions to problems.

I liek the way I think.  I like the way I get things done.  My ways of doing things may be somewhat different, but everything does get done and the results are always entertaining for those who thought it could not be done.

I am creative, I am funny, I am skilled, I enjoy life.  But none of that came without cost.  Life is more than worth living because I figured out what I needed to do to make it that way.

Posted by Dianne in the Desert on Nov 03, 2013 at 12:34am

I am creative and original.  People who know me will ask me for ideas or a solution.
Drawing in 3D is easy for me as I can visualise things in 3D.  I often illustrate my designs.
When I am NOT taking my meds, I draw and write several pages of ideas each day.
When I take my meds, I can double my output speed for repetitive tasks like computer programming.

Last year, my son asked me to make a chuck glider from balsa.  From memory, I drew the plan for one I made when I was his age.  When I tracked down the plan from 45 years ago, it was almost identical to my recent sketch.
What is my phone number in the office? – no idea. 
When is that meeting this afternoon?  What meeting?

Posted by Wombat on Nov 03, 2013 at 7:16pm

Wombat, you sound like you live a fun and pretty balance life.  Good for you!

I did not get my official diagnosis until I was 50 years old and dealing with a number of other problems, not the least of which was being the only caregiver for my ailing parents.  With the extra demands on my time and energy, I began looking for tools to help me in getting things done.

So, I got a softwae program for a PIM.  I bought four different types of timers.  There were no cell phones back then, but I asked friends to call and remind me of meetings and such.  It worked!

Today, of course, I have the cell phone, but I also still rely on my PIM software and my day planner.  Those tools have stood the test of time for me.  But the best part is that I have been able to accomplsih so much and feel good about all of it, including the struggles to get past my difficulties with ADD.

My long term memory is great.  My short term memory is not so good due to a head injury, but isn’t that why I have my tools?

Enjoy the life you have been given by making your life what you want it to be.

Posted by Dianne in the Desert on Nov 03, 2013 at 11:56pm

I agree with you Rancher John, but I don’t see LakeLifes post here on my wall of comments, and I would of loved to have seen Lakelifes post because I can relate to that person very well. Needle in the hay stack makes sense to me. TheresaADHD I also agree with you.

Don’t get me wrong, I have many unbelievable talents like I can feel complete strangers emotions and sometimes that makes me sad or kind of like everything is predictable (neither one of these are assets to me) I can solve unbelievable math problems in my head with in seconds or suduko, I can finish the hardest one in 17 seconds flat but no one cares it doesn’t matter. Im still looking for the one thing that I can do that will change my life, make me smile, you know like learn to quilt or maybe paint. I continue to be positive and I try not to be too bored things.

All adhd people are incredibly talented, we are the normal ones, we can solve issues like no other. Just blabbing here, don’t take anything personal, Im a strange 46 year old loner wink I found out I have adhd about 2 years ago. I too have the 3D visual, that my friend is an awesome asset, I can picture a whole village before its even built.

Posted by BexIssues on Nov 04, 2013 at 12:31am

Hi

The blessing of having ADHD is that you can get stuff done so fast that it makes the farmers of the world spin heads in disbelief. We are hunters in a world full of farmers.

I was in a group of people and they were discussing the problem and how to start figuring it out and so forth. I blerted out the solution because my brain has already figured it out in seconds… and they look at me funny and now im on the back foot and trying to explain myself to people who dont want to know.

What a great blessing it is to have this non-disability that ables you to become more greater than the vast population but they discriminate against us and we end up in meanial jobs and bad employment with low wages and we do most of the work.

Crazy isnt it that we can do that… yet get penalized for it… society wants norms not extraordinary people.

What do you think?

Posted by simph1 on Nov 05, 2013 at 6:25am

I ALWAYS know what some one is trying to say, even when they make no sense…and I am ALWAYS the person in the room who raises a hand and says, “I think what so and so is trying to say is…”

I’ve always had a gift for words which has nothing to do with my ADHD. However, what makes me so adept at figuring out when some one has a good point to make despite their poor articulation is that when my mind races and throws me a million thoughts at once, I often try to express all of them at the same time and find myself making no sense! This has given me the gift of seeing through other peoples’ nonsensical expressions to find the beauty and logic in everything they are saying. grin

Posted by jessiela12887 on Nov 05, 2013 at 8:44pm

simph1, I read your comment with a huge smile on my face, you nailed it, you are me wink  I completely agree with you. jessiela, I agree with you too.

It’s so predictable, this little thing called life

Posted by BexIssues on Nov 05, 2013 at 11:13pm

I had a very relevant comment on hitwcidb’s post, but by the time I got down here, I forgot what it was! 
OK I went back - lets see if the working memory holds out long enough. Oh shoot! (really? I forgot already?)  creative (in some ways - mostly in finding humor in situations - not in an artistic way) determined - absolutely. when I am in hyperfocus, clear a path. I was selected for a 2 year stint to coordinate a quarterly regional managers meeting because I was the only person on staff (a large division) who was not afraid to badger the managers to complete their action items. I was first person in the history of those meetings to get them through the entire agenda - I got them through it every time - and when my stint was over - they never finished all their topics again! I was so unable to pay attention to what they were talking about I let my mind wander until my timer went off to signal the next topic - so I was all about form, no substance. I’d announce time was up and did they want to take a vote to use up time from the next topic (the sponsor of the next topic NEVER did), so they got through it! When it was lunch time, I’d poke the director with my elbow - these people have to eat (I had to have food or I’d get hyper, so I defended the hungry managers and got them to lunch on time) - they loved having ruthless me there!

Posted by Juggler on Nov 06, 2013 at 7:47am

I believe I have superior problem-solving skills to most other people I’ve worked with, but I think that’s less of anything to do with my ADD and more because of my off-the-chart introvert rating using the MBTI scale.

Perhaps they complement each other in some way… I just don’t know.

Apart from that, the ONLY thing I can think of that has occasionally served me well is my tendency to be HYPER-focused in certain situations. One of the ADD meds made me so hyper-focused that I had to stop them! No, I never doodied myself, but I would suddenly snap out of a 5 - 6 hour working marathon and realize that I’ve had to go to the restroom since hour #2.

Other than that, ADD has done nothing but age me prematurely and cost me a few jobs and marriages.

But don’t let my sour attitude bring you down… The question was asked, and this was just MY answer. Hopefully the rest of you will find a more positive aspect of your condition.

Posted by Enterprizer on Nov 10, 2013 at 12:30pm

Nice thread… In answer to your premise, yes, I have come up with ways to deal with these symptoms.
I have lived with them for damn near 54 years.  I have lived it with drugs, without drugs; knowing I have it.. and thinking that it ended with ‘puberty’.  My perspective is admittedly subjective and pertains to me.  It is, however, a realistic one and one that is supported by mountains of objective research. 

In my view, ADHD sucks and has NO upside.  There ain’t no ‘Ferrari Brain’...  I don’t ‘think outside the box’  -  If anything, I reside ‘outside’ the box, both socially and professionally.

Two points:  As a group, we have difficulty divining what others think of us; we fail to pick up social cues.  Accordingly, the idea that this is somehow a ‘superpower’ or a ‘gift’ and should not be cured may not have grounding in reality and may, in fact, be a symptom of this thing.  On the contrary… if this is a ‘Gift’...  I’m skipping Christmas this year.  Second, not one piece of peer reviewed, repeatable research shows this thing as providing any kind of benefit.  Nada, Zip, Zilch…  I quote Dr. Barkley:

“No.  Thousands of studies of people with ADHD have never documented that such people have experienced any benefits, gifts or other positive effects from across more than a hundred (!) measures of psychological traits…”

“Thousands of studies…..”  and   “Have never documented ... any benefits”  Ouch…

Unfortunately, there is plenty of research out there that shows this thing to be a nightmare.  Higher illicit drug use, anger, infidelity in marriage,  financial turmoil,  alcoholism, divorce, incarceration, joblessness, fewer friends.  Quoting the ABC news-story on the subject: “Sexlife, What sexlife?”  This malady is a slow-motion social and professional train wreck. 

This stands to reason:  Why on earth would anyone think that having the attention span of a fruit fly would provide some benefit or competitive advantage?  I listened to parts of Halowell’s Webcast last week (made available through this web site).  I like the guy.. His optimism, his hope, are positive things.  And, frankly, me being a ‘wet blanket’ regarding ADHD sure doesn’t provide any ‘super powers’, either.  He is a ray of hope and I thank him.  I just can’t agree with him.

What my understanding of this thing has allowed me to do is set my goals and expectations realistically.  Instead of attempting to stay a City Manager or other high-flying executive (I have had 12 such positions in 28 years), I have chosen to teach instead - Chemistry in a public high school.  I do so earning 1/4 to 1/3 of what I used to.  Instead of raising my daughter, my beloved daughter, who I fought for and won sole custody of, I have now shared that custody (not with her natural mother)  and have her with me only summers.  

The stepping down professionally from ‘doing’ to ‘teaching’ was humbling.  Allowing my daughter to leave me at the end of this summer was plane-crash devastating.  It was, however, the right thing to do and the decision was made in conjunction with a Psychologist.

So, why raise these desparate points?  The initial thread calls for addressing the symptoms of this thing.  I have using meds, exercise, diet…  And I still must continue making the sacrifices listed above.   I have now dealt with this thing and the changes are damn tough.  They are also my best shot and my daughter’s best shot.

So, it’s late here on the other side of the world… Micronesia, to be exact.  I now have to deal with one of the other symptoms of this thing:  sleeplessness.  Over this next hour(s?) I hope to see this thing as you do…  super power… Ferrari Brain….  Hopefully I will wake, rested, and with a new perspective.

Thanks for the opportunity to, again, think this thing through…

Posted by LakeLife on Nov 10, 2013 at 1:41pm

Hey, LakeLife… I get you completely. As I said in my post, I think I have some mental skills that the majority of the population (i.e., extroverts) do not, but again, that all seems to be a function of my strongly introverted state of mind. If I can cause myself to focus hard enough, I can solve problems or come up with new ideas that extroverts (another species of fruit flies) cannot. (Sorry extroverts!)

Posted by Enterprizer on Nov 10, 2013 at 11:52pm

Thanks, Enterprizer…

You and I, and many others with ADHD, often find ourselves far afield of our roots.  I am in Micronesia (in a location I will keep to myself).  Finding greener pasture seems to be an avocation for us.  I have lived all over the US and Mexico and am now ‘on a rock in the Pacific’.

My symptoms are somewhat masked here by what is commonly known as ‘The Island Way’.  One lifestyle aspect of ‘The Way’ can be described as: ‘why do tomorrow what can be done next week’...  Translation:  People here don’t give a rat’s ___ when things get done, as long as it does not impact them directly and at that very instant.  My recollections of Mexico (and by extension, much of South America) is the same… People are laid back (drug cartel members excluded).

As for the introverts/extroverts classification…  ADHDer’s are often known to have mouths that ‘runnith over’...  and are often considered extroverts.  I work mightily (and with some success) in keeping my zap shut.  I never regret it when I shut up.  Although I am developing a pretty good social life here, I choose to be alone alot.  I hike the jungles often and do so mostly alone.  The shear cliffs, seemingly virgin jungle and battlefields from World War II absolutely entrance me.  The battlefields are especially captivating.  Locals do not venture far or often into the jungle… ‘Bad JuJu’, using their lexicon.  The result is finding caves, fighting positions and even equipment as they were left 70 years ago.  I cannot get enough of it (hyperfocus, maybe?). 

I have sent myself emails as a way to keep a diary for two years now.  On re-reading them,  I am clearly much happier now than I was then - even with a huge cut in salary.  I hope to stay here, making this the last stop on my adhd freight train. 

My one regret:  My beloved daughter is not with me.  She thrives where she was born and the decision to send her back there was made in coordination with a psychologist.  My daughter and I speak very often and communicate in some fashion most every day.  I send home a huge chunk of my (paltry) salary making sure she has the ballet lessons, horse back riding, voice and music lessons she wants - plus plenty more.  I want to make sure her step mom, and my former wife (bitch that she is to me), have much of the material things they need and want.  My former wife is a public school teacher and an excellent parent.  She also loves my daughter as her own.  As I voluntarily shared custody with her, what I pay is done on my own volition.  I wish I could send more.  Elisa spent this summer with me here.  I had hoped for her to stay.  As mentioned, the decision to send her back was, and remains, plane-crash devastating.

I hope you have found similar contentment in South America.  Best to you.

Posted by LakeLife on Nov 11, 2013 at 7:55am

LakeLife

Thanks for baring it all… I have more empathy for your situation than your know.

By the way, I’m not in S. America yet.. probably within the next 4 - 5 months. I hope to make a “look-see” visit next month, then, if all goes well, come back home, liquidate most of what I own, then make my final move. Ecuador is my target, though I’m still exploring a few other options. One thing, I won’t have to work… I won’t have to be anyone else’s b!t@h ever again.

Best of luck on your “rock”.... I envy your explorations… although Peru and Machu Pichu (sp?) is right next door to Ecuador. grin

Take care….

Posted by Enterprizer on Nov 11, 2013 at 3:17pm

Enterprizer.. Good luck on your future exploits.  Going and checking out prior to jumping in with both feed is a wise move.  I did here prior to my first trip although it was paid for by my then employer.

Anyway.. you will be a popular guy there.  A suggestion:  Lie low for a while and just watch, listen and read.  Ecuador is most decidedly third world and quite possibly bad-a$$ed.  Enjoy…

Posted by LakeLife on Nov 12, 2013 at 2:47pm

my ADHD has given me creativity, a bent sense of humor, and the ability to think outside the box, as wel as empathize with those who have had a hard time.  ADHD can be tough to live with. for me , the toughest thing with my ADHD is those darn executive function skills. medication helps, and so does having a smart phone that i can use to make lists. but during the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s bloody horrific, bc not only do i have to make lists, i have to plan where to go and what to buy, and who gets what…....and i haven’;t even started wrapping the gifts, LOL. i like when i can make gifts, i make jewelry, mostly necklaces, bracelets, and anklets.

Posted by Lilapsophile on Dec 13, 2013 at 11:54pm

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