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Taking control of your ADHD is very necessary to maintain control of your life, writing or otherwise. I've spent the majority of my life feeling like the square peg. While things seemed to come easily for my peers I lagged behind, making the same mistakes, repeating the same lessons over and over again. As soon as I was diagnosed I became proactive in my treatment and suddenly life felt like less of a struggle. I still have my bad days where nothing seems to go right but they are far fewer than they once were and I bounce back quicker from the set backs.

*Nothing beats therapy and always make sure to run anything past your doctor or therapist if nothing seems to be working - you may need to take a different approach. Everyone is different, and where we once thought ADHD was just ADD or ADHD we know now that there are many nuances to ADD/ADHD depending on your symptoms, so don't give up and don't get discouraged. Keep trying until you find what works for you. 

Books:

Your Life Can Be Better by Douglas A. Puryear MD - A psychologist who also has ADHD wrote this and he doesn't waste time with a lengthy description of what ADHD. He knows chances are pretty good you already know what it's all about and he gets the difficulty of staying engaged with non-fiction. Puryear breaks down very easy-to-use strategies and offers ideas on how to create your own. He's realistic about the challenges we face but with a very optimistic attitude. He showcases our many strengths and how to use them to our advantage as well as how best to game our weaknesses. This book was a real game changer for me and has helped more than any other ADHD book out there, and trust me, I've read tons.

Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression (Second Edition) by William J. Knaus EdD and Albert Ellis Ph.D. - This is the book my psychologist recommended when I was battling some pretty bad depression. It's no substitute for actual therapy but it's the next best thing if you can't get in right away or you lack the means. Using this book while you are in therapy is AMAZING. My therapist assigned sections to me like homework between sessions so we could go deeper into areas that jumped out at me that I might not have considered without it. Depression is usually a tangled mess, to begin with and this book helped pick it apart to get to the root causes and process them more efficiently.

*PSA: I use to think that I wasn't "depressed enough" to seek help. I had this idea that I had to be falling apart and unable to get out of bed before I should go in. I was afraid my doctor would think I was just "trying to get attention." But high functioning depression is a dangerous liar because you think you're fine when you are far from it. It's never shameful to seek help no matter how small or big your depression feels. If anyone makes you feel like that they are unprofessional and stupid, run far from them and find someone better. It's very common to have to go through more than one doctor/therapist/counselor until you find the right one. I wish that was stressed more because I hear over and over from friends that they tried therapy once and it was a bad experience. Don't give up. I know it's hard to claw yourself out of the pit enough to seek help and how demoralizing it is to be let down. Keep at it, you deserve the better.

Sites:

How To ADHD - If you haven't already checked out her YouTube channel than do yourself a favor and go do that now. Her videos are as fun as they are informative, explaining the hows and whys while she offers practical tips and tricks.

Actually ADHD - I stumbled upon this blog while I was wasting time on Tumblr and I'm so glad I did! The majority of the posts are questions followers submit that are answered with compassionate and expert advice.The comments are also a helpful reminder we're not alone in our experiences while offering their own ideas and reflections.

ADDitude Magazine: Inside The ADHD Mind - I subscribe to their newsletter and the articles are a wealth of knowledge that is current and very applicable. They have articles on everything ADHD so if there's something you need help with they probably have it covered.

Tools:

Pomodoro Technique from How TO ADHD - I like this video because it's a simple, easy to follow crash course. If you think you're ready, you can search out other sites and videos that show you how to take this technique to a whole new level of productivity but for me, I like to keep it simple. (I also like this video by Thomas Frank on How To Stop Procrastination because he shares various apps you can use to max your Pomodoro productivity).

Bullet Journal (BUJO) also from How To ADHD - I plan to devote a whole post about this but in the meantime check out this quick crash course on Bullet Journaling. If you're anything like most of us you have about a million half-started journals, writing notebooks, and day planners laying around. I never thought I would see the day where I would be able to actually fill an entire notebook or stick to one agenda for an entire year but thanks to the BUJO method I have completed several AND stuck with the same personal planner for (knock on wood) almost a year! The reason it works is that it offers controlled chaos. I can be as random and disorganized as I am wont to be and the BUJO method keeps it all organized with very little effort. Be warned though do not Google Bullet Journaling or you will cry your eyes out at how perfect and insanely meticulous people can make theirs look. Ignore them and just do you. There ARE lots of examples of happy, messy bullet journals if you search ADHD and Bullet Journaling so give that a try if you can't resist looking it up.

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