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  • in reply to: Never ending ADD humor #128579
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    I solved that problem Rick, by getting a device that attaches to my keychain that I can activate from my phone. If I can’t find my phone I can use “Find my IPhone”from my iPad, my laptop or if all else fails, the desktop computer.

    Problem is, I had a defective tile that wouldn’t ring. My phone could still detect that it was close, (the app shows little green circles, the more circles you have, the closer the tile is) so I tried walking around the house to see if I could determine the part of the house it was in. No matter where I went, it said my keys were close.

    In frustration, I walked down the street. When I got half a block away and it still said my keys were close, I decided I should check my pockets again. I checked my pants pockets, my coat pockets, nothing. Then I remembered I was wearing a hoodie so I checked those pockets. And there were my keys.

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    in reply to: Looking for resources to help Boss Understand #124162
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    I prefer to operate under the assumption that he just doesn’t understand rather than he is uninterested at this point.

    And anyways, if your view turns out to be correct, it might be necessary for me to show that I tried to work with him, but he was not responsive.

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    in reply to: Fine line between ADHD and Aspergers/Autism? #120453
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    Nothing says it has to be an either/or proposition here. I know someone who is diagnosed ADHD and Autistic.

    I’m a teacher, so it is outside the scope of my practice to diagnose anything, but if I had a student with the behaviours you are describing I would be urging the parents to take the child to a developmental paediatrician. To me, the rocking and the eye contact issues strongly suggest autism, but again it’s not my job to diagnose. I would ask your family doctor for a referral to a Psychiatrist.

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    in reply to: Device that tracks your belongings #120419
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    I have the find iPhone ap as well, and I use it all the time. There’s a way to make your phone start ringing through the ap, which really helps.

    You can also lock the phone remotely so it can only call a number of your choosing, which is handy if you left it somewhere outside the house. It even flashes a message telling people to touch the screen to call your alternate number.

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    Darktendril: I agree in regards to mental disorder. After all the lives of ADHDers tend to be defined by disorder. 😉

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    in reply to: Sleep Apnea and ADHD Symptoms #119051
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    @larynxa Yes, Mr. I is overweight, and that is an issue with obstructive apnea, however, Central Apnea is different since his brain is not regulating his O2 levels properly. From what I am reading, obesity is actually a symptom of central apnea, as not getting enough oxygen messes with the metabolism, and makes it harder for people to be active.

    The Doctor at the sleep clinic actually told him that he could stand to lose some weight, but that he is not to try to do that until they get his blood oxygen levels up. The Doctor says that Mr. I shouldn’t exercise right now, and that he starving himself is not a good idea either. He’s already on a low fat, low salt diet due to the hypertension, so we are sticking with that for now.

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    A piece of advice: Only read the Star article if you are in the mood to deal with rage-inducing ignorant people in the comments section.

    (Which is pretty much the case when it comes to ANY online article on ADHD, but I digress. A person with ADHD digressing? Who would have thought it? Oops, digressing again. Moving on. :D )

    I just responded to a few BIG PHARMA MADE IT UP! comments, as well as KIDS ARE BEING DRUGGED INTO SUBMISSION! comments.

    In any case I think it would be great if as many people from this site as feel up to it respond to the Star’s article and the ignorant reader comments. Most people’s understanding of this issue is so woefully inadequate.

    It especially pisses me off, because I have a kid in my Grade 1 class right now who is somewhere in the process of being diagnosed and he had a TERRIBLE day yesterday. He came in completely unfocussed, and nothing I tried to help him settle him helped. It was very clear to me that he wasn’t doing things to be defiant, or difficult, he just couldn’t stop himself. And it wasn’t just with me. He usually does a pretty good job in listening to stories when they go to the Library, but yesterday was constantly wiggling, grabbing, making noise, etc.

    But according to some of the idjiots posting on the Star’s website, if only I had paddled him, the problem would have been solved. *sigh*

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    in reply to: Great Blog Post from Wil Wheaton on Depression #115772
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    kc5jk: Everyone’s experience of ADHD is different. Just because some people manage to be highly successful with ADHD, should not be used a club to beat people who struggle differently over the head with.

    And I seriously have to question anyone who says that Galileo had ADHD. Unless someone has sent a Psychologist in a time machine to go assess him, that is speculation at best.

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    in reply to: ADD and Knitting #104113
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    It’s not so much that I need lessons, it’s more a matter of lacking the manual dexterity to do it well. I can get stitches on the needles, but it’s a slow, awkward process for me.

    When I had my Psych-Ed assessment, it revealed that at the age of 36 I had the graphomotor skills of a 12 and 1/2 year old. If you saw my handwriting, you’d understand. ;)

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    in reply to: Rick on CBC Radio 1's Fresh Air this morning #112531
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    Scattybird: There’s some old Mr. Canoehead (From Four on the Floor, the show Rick did as part of the Frantics) on Youtube.

    Unfortunately, the video is awful, because someone uploaded it from a video tape they made in the 80’s. Here’s Rick as Sister Bruce Lee:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woXBdTQg0F8

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    in reply to: Another form of self-medicating….Pinterest #111301
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    I like pintrest because it organizes things easily so I can find them again.

    Also it lets me easily browse what other people are pinning on the same so I can pin even more things that sound good. I have an insane number of recipes pinned at this moment. :D

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    in reply to: Forgetting to take pill. #115373
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    I’m having the same problem, Tiddler. I’m a teacher, and after not taking my Concerta all summer, I only remembered to take it 50% of the time in the last week.

    The idea of setting an alarm is a good one. I keep my phone in a pouch that I clip to my belt loop during the day, and then plug it into my computer when I am not using it, so I don’t lose it.

    Also, I think I’m going to try bringing a few of my Concerta to school to keep in my locked cupboard as a backup, for mornings when I get to school and go “Oh crap, I forgot my meds.”.

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    in reply to: Reading Comprehension #106383
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    As a teacher, I feel the need to point out that remembering what you read and comprehending what you read are two different things.

    Comprehending is making meaning out of what you read. Remembering is retaining what you read. It’s possible to retain without comprehending. And vice versa.

    As you are reading, are you comprehending individual sentences as you go along? Monitoring your comprehension the entire time that you are reading is important, because you need to start correcting the problem the moment comprehension starts breaking down.

    If you are having trouble comprehending, before you even start reading something, try activating your prior knowledge. Think about what you already know about this topic, and try to anticipate what this particular piece might be about. If you don’t know anything about a topic before you start reading, it’s much harder to comprehend. Try to connect what you already know to what you are reading in the piece.

    The human brain makes meaning and retains it, by connecting new information to things you already know.

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    in reply to: ADD and Knitting #104111
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    I’ve tried to learn to knit, but I have graphomotor issues, and just can’t get the motion down.

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    in reply to: What does Alcohol do to you? #110661
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    How funny! For me, it just puts me to sleep. I suppose that the way things work sometimes, like drugs with have both insomnia and drowsiness as a side effect.

    I wonder if subtype of ADHD makes a difference here? Do people with the hyperactive subtype react one way, and people with inattentive or combined react differently?

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