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From Childhood to Late Diagnosis ADHD to being a 2e Parent Homeschooling My 2e Kid and Everything in Between

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I didn’t discover that I had ADHD until pretty late in life, and I didn’t understand what gifted meant (other than that I didn’t seem to be as smart as I was supposed to be). Mine is a typical story: my son was diagnosed, and as I learned about it, I realized… oh. Wait a second… I think I have ADHD, too! I got a formal diagnosis, and suddenly, everything about my life made sense. [ Read more … ]

Undiagnosed: It’s Elementary

I didn’t come to despise school until middle and high school; my feelings about elementary school were just kind of… meh. It’s a shame, because I remember how over-the-moon excited I was to start going to school. At the time, I wasn’t cognizant of the fact that I was excited about learning, but there it

What is “2e” and What is Meant by “Gifted”: part one

Some of you may have caught me referring to myself and/or my son as 2e. This was a categorization of sorts that I’d heard thrown around in the gifted community for a while, but it felt like a distant notion. When my son, and then I, got an ADHD diagnosis this year, my first thought

Losing my Mojo or, How I Learned to Prefer Adderall XR over Vyvanse

A little update on my “medication of ADHD:” I’d been going along swimmingly with the Adderall XR. I hung out at 15 mg for a few weeks, which is a pretty low dose for adults. (And I’ve continued taking every single day, not taking “days off,” which I detail here.) I’ve always been pretty sensitive

Adderall XR: I Take it Daily to Manage Adult ADHD

Buckle up, this post is on the long side. Medical and psychiatric professionals who prescribe stimulant medications to people with ADHD tell you that it’s absolutely safe (and often advisable) to take it every single day. Yet if you look online, you’ll find people with ADHD who say you should take days off and then

kids ‘n tech

Technology’s been a pretty big part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mother was a speed typist and worked in data entry, and I loved to imitate her typing when she sometimes had to take me to work with her. (I wound up “inheriting” her typing skills with well over

BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo)

Once upon a time, I used to love, love, love roller coasters (the wilder the better), merry-go-rounds, carousels, and all that jazz. At some point many years ago, I regularly started to feel nauseous and pretty damn awful every time I got off a roller coaster. It was awful enough that I stopped going on

ADHD, Daily Life, and Missed Opportunities: I’m Not Actually an Introvert or Antisocial

I realized I haven’t done much writing about how ADHD impacts my daily life and all the simple, little ways it causes some serious heartache. To be honest, I’m just becoming conscious of it, myself. Or rather, there are things I used to beat myself up for or just accept as how things are, but

Runnin’ Up That Hill

So I’m not quite a full month in to this ADHD medication experiment. I had my check-in appointment this past Thursday, and I’m still in the “tritation” phase—that is, slowly upping the dosage to find the best one for me and deciding if Adderall XR is the right medication. On Friday, I bumped up to

A Note About my ADHD Medication (Adderall XR)

I wanted to keep this here for reference, for anyone considering meds or going through this process now: I have a therapist that I’ve been seeing off and on for ten years. She’s a psychologist and doesn’t prescribe, but she’d been making comments about, “that sounds like an ADHD” thing for years and was all

Disaster Response / Remover of Obstacles

Two of the really great features (superpowers, really) of ADHD are resilience and being amazing at crisis management. Year ago, when I was immersed in yoga and learning all the great stories and myths, I was particularly drawn to the Hindu god, Ganesha, known as the “Remover of Obstacles.” Stationed at the threshold of sacredness

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