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What You Should Do For ADHD Awareness Month

October is the month for International ADHD Awareness. As you know, I’m a big advocate for promoting awareness of ADHD. I talk a lot about ADD. Because, well… this is an ADD blog.

So what are you doing to promote the cause during this international month of awareness?

In honour of this important time, I have written a best-selling book that will change everything we know about ADD, based on my years of intensive research. I have also produced and starred in a documentary exposing the ups and downs of ADD and the insufficiencies of standard treatment. And then just last week, I invented a new drug that is currently being reviewed for FDA approval. It helps you focus without making you irritable or tweaky. I called it Xursize.

Haven’t I done well this month?! Top that Ned Hallowell. Move over Russell Barkley. Eat my dust Rick Green.

So I might be exaggerating a bit. Exaggerating, in that I didn’t actually do any of those things.

(I may have been a bit insolent too. Those three guys are my heroes.)

In real life (the one in which my body exists, not just my head), I did something much more impressive than those insolent exaggerations (lies).

The Really Impressive Thing I Did

I woke up every day after just two snooze-button pushes. I got my kids to school 2 minutes before the bell rang. I arrived to work on time. I paid attention when my husband asked me to find something. I watched 14 performances of Call Me Maybe in my living room. Note: I didn’t troll through my smart phone, I WATCHED my kids sing my (now) least favourite song in the world.

And to top it off, I called my mom on her birthday. (Well, actually, the day before, but I wasn’t late!)

In essence, I managed my ADD – to the best of my ability anyway. Indubitably (say it 3 times), amongst those huge ADD successes there were a lot of failures too, but that’s not the point. We (people) fail every day. Nothing epic about that.

The point is, I didn’t bow down to ADD and let it reign over me. I didn’t let it control me. I saw it, and I told it:

“Hey ADD, I see you. And I’m going to kick your ass”.

And I did.

Although… it kicked my ass on several occasions too. Then it laughed at me.

I responded:

“Oh ADD, you’re such a stinker”. (Yes, sometimes I talk like Harriet Nelson, especially after I’ve sworn twice in a post and am feeling dubious about it).

ADD and I are about 50-50. We’ve tied when it comes to the ultimate management of my life. Though I dare say, lately I seem to be winning more often than it does. Ha-ha, whose laughing now, punk?!

How did I manage my ADD?

I know you want a simple answer. So I’m going to give you one because guess what? The answer actually IS simple.

It’s all down to awareness.

I’m not talking about public awareness. I’m talking about self-awareness.

The Simple Answer

The more aware I am of my ADD, the more control I have over it. The more I am able to sit back and watch how it operates in my life, the more able I am to govern over it. When I pause and take notice, I can see ADD coming a mile away. And I say to it:

“Oh no, you don’t…”

And when it does, I say “Awe shucks (still feeling guilty about swearing), I’ll get you next time. I will see you from even farther away… next time”. (Cue the evil Dr. Claw laugh.)

So becoming aware of your ADD challenges and when they present… that’s a huge part of managing it well. It’s the first step in personally transforming your life and, in my opinion, the undeniably most important one.

Other things to be aware of…

  • Your strengths and how you can use them.
  • Your intentions – and whether or not you are doing what you intend to be doing.
  • Your values – and whether or not your intentions and actions are aligned with them.

Before I leave you, I want to demonstrate an example of why self-awareness is pretty awesome. I apologize in advance for referencing The Matrix again. 1999 was the best year of my life and so it seems I maybe be maturational-ly stuck there. (Generation X’ers can I get a whoop whoop?!)

Here’s The Matrix Comparison:

When Neo “awoke” in the matrix, he struggled with the preternatural challenges that faced him. He had no choice but to recode his outdated perceptions. When he finally became aware of the true nature of the matrix, he became more powerful than he ever realized he could be. So powerful, in fact, that he was able to dodge bullets and later… walk right through them.

Self-awareness helps you dodge bullets and walk right through them. (Metaphorically speaking, please don’t fling yourself into the middle of a skirmish).

So if you do anything to promote our cause this October, ADHD Awareness Month, do this:

Sponsor your own self-awareness: of ADD, how it shows up, what strengths you can leverage, and what your true intentions, values and ideals are. A fulfilled and confident ADDer is the best resource and mentor for those who are struggling. We need more positive mentors.

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