Yaaaaassss! Pill cases helped me so much. I bought these ones because the cuteness helps keep me on track for some reason.
I got one similar years ago (before adhd dx) and it makes daily pill management ridiculously easy - I just fill it once a week with all my meds (i take a ton of shit for other conditions so your needs may vary) and the see-through containers make it easy to see at a glance if I remembered to take my meds for that time of day! I hope this helps y’all as much as it has for me!
Not really, basically it's a dedicated notebook for planning meals. Usually it has space to write meals, plus groceries. Depending on the planner it might have recipes (this one does https://www.amazon.com/Skinnytaste-Planner-Revised-Week-Week/dp/0525573364) or just blank pages with forms to help you figure out your ideas like this one
There are plenty of versions online for free, printable sheets. I have a magnetic white board on my fridge for meal planning, it gets used intermittently.
I also hate coffee but love caffeine, so I take caffeine pills! I am linking the ones I get because they work so well. They have an ingredient from tea in them to combat the jitters. I have been buying these for the last year or two caffeine with l-theanine
The book “I Hear You” by Michael S Sorensen teaches how to say all of that in the effective and normal people way, lol. It’s teaches how to show our empathy in a way that validates people and makes them actually feel good and feel our empathy for them. This book is incredible!! I can’t recommend it enough. Here’s the link: I Hear You: The Surprisingly... https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999104004?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
What has helped me has been identifying my hangups and friction points (like the one about your hair) and then finding ways to address those. For my hair I use the DryBar doubleshot round brush/hair dryer all in one. I personally didn't like to shower in part because my skin felt dry afterward, so I got a tub of body lotion and put it in a convenient spot under my bathroom counter. Now I just open the door and pump the lotion rather than having to dig it out and pick it up and put it back. I wear a towel wrap so I can do my skincare and air dry without having to hold up and deal with a towel. I'm sure you can think of some other things that are unique to you, but there's likely a list of a few reasons that your brain is so resistant to showering that you can directly address to make it seem like less of a mountain to climb.
Okay but for real, check these out: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HJD7RGQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_imm_976Q9X9C5PSAP8YQ6MM5
They're timer pill bottles that tell you how long it's been since you've opened the bottle! I saw it on Hank Green's TikTok and immediately bought them. I've always been the worst about trying to remember whether I've taken my heartburn/depression/ADHD meds (with sometimes disastrous consequences) and these have been a game-changer.
It’s like I’m reading a diary entry...
Getting diagnosed is a great first step to momentarily “ease” the brakes of the ADHD mind. Right? After that validation of YOU and your struggle, you have a newer focus to attempt to empower yourself as you can.
Lots of great resources available—here’s what’s helped me the most:
Best to you!
If you’d like to learn more about ADHD and women, I highly recommend this book https://www.amazon.com/Radical-Guide-Women-ADHD-Neurodiversity/dp/168403261X
It’s by a therapist who also has ADHD. Good deep dive on the emotional traumas which ADHD women often carry, alongside lots of practical exercises and suggestions for healing and for maximising potential in everyday life.
Absolutely second this and would offer a suggestion into these heavenly little things, mack's ear plugs
I wear them slightly in my ear pretty much indefinitely and when things become too loud, I can just push them in and plug my canal. The silicone is great for molding and fitting perfectly as you need em. Game. Changer.
Have you read How To Keep House While Drowning? (It's short, chapters are 1-3 pages each.) It really helped me reframe my thinking and guilt spiral when it came to "failing" at cleaning, self-care, etc. It's for people struggling with depression, ADHD, and any other issues that make functioning difficult.
No shame, I’ve always struggled with this too. I also have bad genetics and parents who didn’t care about making sure I even had a toothbrush at home, much less making sure I used it. So I’m right there with you.
This is kind of random and I can’t really explain why it helped, but switching to a super soft bristled brush helped me a lot. It feels like it gets my mouth cleaner without causing damage to my gums like a regular brush. This is the kind I got. They’re not crazy expensive and it made a big difference for me, I think because it doesn’t hurt like regular brushes. It made brushing a lot less unpleasant. And making a bed time routine helps a lot. For me, I always have to pee before I go to sleep and I’ll just brush while I’m doing that. Once you get the habit/routine set, it’s a lot easier to keep it. Like if I forget to brush before bed I’ll wake up with my mouth feeling gross and brush as soon as I get up, instead of just drinking coffee to get rid of the bad taste. 😅
i have to wear them at night but i worry that if i spend too much time with them in, i'll be even worse off when i can't wear them. because of that i try to rotate between earplugs, headphones, and pink/brown noise or other 'background' noise from mynoise.net (that site is amazing, there's a ton of different stuff and you can adjust each channel individually, and no ads or any bullshit he's all donation based)
here's an example of a... soundscape?? that i really like from mynoise. a bit more 'texture' than just colored noise but not enough to be distracting. it's autumn woods noises and i muted the birds/footsteps because they were distracting so it's mainly a combo of wind, rain, thunder, and trees creaking.
This is not only a thing, its a huge part of ADHD. I remember my therapist once tried to say that ADHD is a misnomer, it shouldn't be "attention deficit" but instead something like "too much attention and don't know where to put it" disorder lol
On a more serious note, I recommend googling some prioritization strategies. There's a chart you can use (don't know anything about this app just the first result for my google search) that can be helpful when there's too many things to keep track of in your head!
I think you have great suggestions here already and I want to address what you said about people paying attention to your work and ideas.
The only “hack” I would add about clothing and makeup, if you work in a corporate environment and you get a chance to have a meeting with higher ups (who may not know who you are), wear an accessory that will stand out. I did this for a meeting and we were a group of 20 (more or less) people in the room. I was the only woman there and with the previous meetings with the higher-ups, we only get about 5-10 minutes to talk. I wore my “statement necklace”; it still looked professional with my neutral getup. Then to hell with rules about makeup, but I wore red lipstick that day (and everything else looked natural). I got my chance to talk and everyone got quiet. The VP was listening to me and his assistant took note of the feedback. He talked to my manager later that day and my manager mentioned my idea again so he remembered me :D.
This! I write for work (content marketing for a SaaS fintech company), I am v good at what I do but I struggle so hard because of my ADHD.
I use a service called Otter.ai, I pay $12.99 a month (that’s the business plan, I think they have a freemium version), I can record myself talking and it does a live transcription that I can export as a text file and edit. I also use it for meetings when I can’t pay attention. Can’t recommend highly enough.
I learned something whilst doing my support worker job that might help you guys like it helped me.
In my services, there's a folder in the kitchen with a bunch of recipes all the service users like. Every week, the service users get together and pick what they would like for dinner for that week creating a menu. The recipe book is useful because it not only has the recipe to make the meal, but also all the ingredients. So its useful for cooking specifically, making your menu, AND making your shopping list. I put the steps like this to make it easier for myself.
Print out recipes you love, and can feasibly make and KNOW you already like. Put in a folder, number the pages for easily finding what recipe you want.
Get a magnetic menu board for your fridge. I use a magnetic whiteboard menu like this.
Pick your menu from your recipes. Place on your meal planner.
Create your shopping list from your recipes, adding on anything extra you might need for breakfast and lunches and washing powder and all that other good stuff.
Sorry this is long, I hope it helps and takes away that "what shall I eat today" anxiety and questioning. The work is already done for you!
Same boat I finally ACTUALLY found a planner I like enough to use occasionally and I don’t have to beat myself up for not using it because it isn’t dated!! So I can have major gaps between and then get excited when I DO use it for a few days or few weeks at a time!! Highly recommend and I love the rainbow pens I use with it to make it pretty lol. It also has a section of “must do’s” and I’ll usually put something nice there like ‘take a walk’ and maybe one absolute must do chore. Anyways also agree with everything about this whole post and it just sounds like my mom. Yay. So glad I’m not alone in this but so annoying everyone has to deal with it
Simplified Greenery To Do List Notebook - Beautiful Daily Planner Easily Organizes Your Daily Tasks And Boosts Productivity - The Perfect Journal And https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NFCY8VP/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_NqHCXM5RZPWgC
Same! But I’m having PT for it at the moment, and I’ve been using a balance pad (like this) to strengthen my ankles and my core. Interesting to find out it might be helpful for adhd as well as my hypermobility!
YNAB was a bit overwhelming for me and a bit expensive, but I love Actual. It's the same envelope-style budgeting system which is amazing for me, and it's super simple and has everything I need. It's also $4 a month, so much cheaper than YNAB. (Just putting it out there for someone who likes the idea of YNAB but not the cost.)
I got these after seeing the idea on some adhd sub and I use dry erase markers so I can make them up as needed the morning of. I bought mine on Amazon, they’re listed under “spiral wrist keychains”
I got this one https://www.amazon.com/dp/B096VMDLGD?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860
So I know what's in the fridge and what are my options. Then go from there.
On the good days, this is a very helpful tool. On the not so good days, sometimes I go on autopilot and just cook what I have to. Or instant noodles. Instant noodle is always good.
Hey I'm getting started on this too! Now that I'm medicated, I am SO aware of all the piles that I "just couldn't" deal with before. It's embarrassing and it's overwhelming. I spent last week researching and formulating a plan of attack.
- Drop the "all-or-nothing" mindset and perfectionist attitude. If it's worth doing, it's worth doing half-assed.
-Break tasks down into chunks by making a list of individual steps. Remember that it's ok to complete one step at a time.
- Get a productivity timer. It will help you break things into chunks, manage your time, and keep you from getting distracted by using the timer on your phone. This one rocks:
- Schedule a few minutes of "zoning" every day where you just circle your living space and put odd items back where they belong. A timer is good for working this in.
- If your hormonal cycle causes your symptoms to flare, are there ways you can reduce or eliminate the household tasks you find most difficult?
I usually take a break from composting my food scraps, order takeout a couple of nights, and do a "lazy" version of my usual skin care routine. I don't beat myself up for it anymore - I know that I need that executive function for other things. I've heard of other ADHD women using paper plates to eliminate dishes or hiring a laundry service.
- If you get a system in place and it stops working, be creative and work in some novelty/challenge.
I'm off to get started! Hope this helps us both lol. Best of luck xx
A friend recommended a book to me about this topic back before I was diagnosed- I'm going to read it again! It's about how women can work within these hormonal cycles and choose which tasks are best suited for which times. The Optimized Woman: Using Your Menstrual Cycle to Achieve Success and Fulfillment
I never would have met him if I hadn't gotten free from my last relationship- a decidedly less supportive and positive environment. It's really, really tough to break away from an abusive relationship. If you can find somewhere to read privately, Why Does He Do That? by Lundy Bancroft is an eye-opening read, highly recommended. It sounds like you've figured out that his behaviour doesn't line up with what you deserve... That may get worse as you start to assert yourself.
But: you have lots of support here from other women who have lived the ADHD experience. You're not alone, even if your current life situation is isolated.
I've mentioned it to others - they make timer caps that might help. You fit them onto your regular prescription bottle and it tells you how long it's been since it was last opened. Might help if you get one for morning meds and one for evening meds because if you remember to take one, chances are you'll remember to take all.
I've had this problem. I use cuticle nippers to cut the loose skin cleanly. This shape of scissors is the only ones that cut enough. That makes a lot of difference for some reason.
Not this exact pair, but this type: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0012DFMSE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_7N6TMGXS374A72WW4F8F?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
There's so many resources out there too!
I highly recommend Women with ADD by Sari Solden
How to ADHD on YouTube
And the 30 essentials for ADHD families lecture from Russell Barkley
This is NOT what you're asking for, but I have been using this hairdryer for more than 15 years now, literally the same one since my parents gave it to me for Easter in middle school: https://www.amazon.com/Conair-Compact-Folding-Handle-Voltage/dp/B00006IV22
Queen of Distraction is great. So is A Radical Guide for Women With ADHD it is a workbook. Good combo of emotional trauma deep dives and practical tips. Big focus on moving past the shame.
I have finally been acknowledging my trauma and working through it. That and the support of my therapists and anti anxiety meds I have made considerable progress to getting my life back. It took time to allow myself to grieve and be angry over my childhood, but it was important to do.
This book has been incredibly helpful so far and I encourage those of you that are ready to take a look at it
Pete Walkers Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving
This is the one I got, though I think it was on sale when I bought it. I like that this one has an automatic shut-off feature and variable temperatures. Plus the power button, which is super sensitive, makes a loud enough beep that if I hit it by accident, I know immediately.
That sounds great! Whatever works for YOU is what you want to try.
For tidying up and cleaning house, set a timer for 15 minutes and work, work, work for 15 minutes. Then give yourself a break. Do this repeatedly, and you'll see how much work you can get done in 15 minutes and also learn to love the way it makes you feel. (More details at https://todoist.com/productivity-methods/pomodoro-technique.))
mynoise.net is fantastic for background noises, and it's customizable in so many ways! I love it so much. Sometimes I get a little too obsessed with playing around with all the combinations though!
I have some suggestions:
This is like the one app that I've more consistently have used than other ones. I like it because it easy to add stuff in without pressing a bunch of button/selecting a bunch of options- just straight to the point.
-You can add subtasks (crucial for multi-step tasks)
-Each task or subtask can be set with multiple reminders (1 day before, 30 min before, etc)
-Each task or subtask you add can be set with a priority level and assigned a project (for easier categorization) or label (like hashtags in a sense)
- It links up with your calenders. (I use google calender but I have all my calenders linked together)
-Widgets for todist is helpful so that first thing you look at on your phone is your reminders/tasks
I have an iWatch which I highly reccomend because it helps with getting the reminders as well.
Work your way up to autopay
Once you have input all your bills and set them as reoccuring. Total the amount you are expected to pay every month and then double that (or less but this would allow plenty of cushion room for unexpected price hikes or emergencies). That's your savings goal. Once you hit that savings goal. Make a checking account just for bills and put that money in there. Set all your bills to autopay. Replenish account to the target number the orginial amount you had in there everymonth when you get paid. So now all you have to keep track of is putting money in there every month and you can easily review all the bills that have come out of there. This checking account is for BILLS only. Other spending should be in a different account.
Autopay makes things imensely easier- but you may need to do some long-term planning to get there.
I felt this to my core. I’m so sorry, friend. Try to concentrate on one task at a time. Set an alarm for just 10 minutes. Work hard at just that task, until the alarms sounds. Then, you take a short break. Rinse and repeat. It’s a helpful technique(mine was the brief version) see link below: https://todoist.com/productivity-methods/pomodoro-technique
Best to you. Give the effort, I know you have. Get some good rest. I take magnesium glycinate before bed and it’s beautiful thing. Works great to get you sleepy.
I've been on 40mg and 20mg of Vyvanse and stopped both suddenly (forgetting to refill them on time) and I haven't had any withdrawl or side effects from it, personally.
I'm in college and I use headphones with instrumental music to help me focus on stuff, especially when I have lots of reading to do. Also, timers and alarms on my phone to help keep my time blindness in check, so I remember to stretch, eat, take a quick break. You could also try the pomodoro technique. I watched a youtube video a couple months ago by a physician talking about ADHD and he said glucose helps ADHD mind focus and retian information better, so sitting gatorade or juice while you work is helpful. I've been calling it my study juice XD
Could you see your doctor before your medication runs out and wait to fill the prescription until the day is right? I live in Canada where the laws are pretty restrictive around how early you can refill stimulants, but I usually see my doctor whenever is easiest for me, then just hold on to the prescription or leave it on record at my pharmacy until I need to refill it.
Do your best to go to sleep at a consistent time every night, ideally earlier than you have been. The better sleep you get, the easier it is to get out of bed.
Get something like this:
* Alarmy for Android
* Alarmy for iOS
If you don't want to pay for the premium version where you would need to do squats to turn off the alarm, you can set it so you need to shake it to turn off the alarm and put it on the difficult setting (less sensitive to shakes, and need to shake it many, many times). This physical activity should help wake you up. It also comes with very loud alarm sounds.
And of course continue to place your phone somewhere that you have to get out of bed to get it.
Also, as others have suggested, prepare everything the night before. Select your clothes, get your bag ready, pre-make your breakfast (or at least have a protein bar you can grab). That way, the only things you need to do in the morning are the things that you can only do in the morning: actually eat, actually get dressed, etc.
If modern technology didn't automatically sync our phones to the local time service, I would suggest changing the time on your phone to a half-hour later than it really is.
Oh definitely, I re-read them at least once a year. As I've gotten older, I've had to be more careful about my surroundings when I read. I'm distracted by most things. When I was a kid, I could have the TV on next to me and didn't even notice it when I was in a book. Now I can't even do "rain on tin roof" on YouTube.
My favorite true crime podcast is releasing a book in September, I think. Redhanded it's called. Do you know it? The podcast I mean, hard to have read a book that's not out yet.
I just got the revlon hair dryer brush and so far I like it. Maybe try out something a little cheaper to see if you like it.
Also the Beach Waver Curling Iron help me hold out a ton since you just hit the button in the direction you want it to curl. Maybe it’ll help hold you off while you save?
Musher's Secret Dog Paw Wax (2.1 Oz): All Season Pet Paw Protection Against Heat, Hot Pavement, Sand, Dirt, Snow - Great for Dogs on Trails and Walks! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002IJQDC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_EZ6RZ647KJVH445T95GD?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Sleep Headphones Bluetooth Sleeping Headband - V 5.0 Sleeping Headphones Music Headband, Ultra-Soft Headphone Headband for Side Sleepers, Sleeping Gifts for Men Women https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0852W5RR2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_MH535A4SFHCD0W242C4Q?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I use these to listen to audiobooks to help me fall asleep
This has been perfect for my 85 year old mom and I love mine too. AUTO-SHUTOFF
Elite Gourment Elite Gourmet EGC-508 Easy Electric 7 Egg Capacity Cooker, Poacher, Omelet Maker, Scrambled, Soft, Medium, Hard Boiled with Auto Shut-Off and Buzzer, BPA Free, Stainless Steel https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XTJQN2X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_RNSGY0NFC1KVNABWXCH8?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Try Daylio! It's a mood tracking app that is super ADHD friendly, to the point where filling it in becomes a little addictive.
You tap emojis and icons to track your mood, and you can either use their presets or create your own icons and activities.
It lets me track everything from the pills I've taken to whatever health symptoms I have to the weather, and pulls everything into neat colourful graphs for you to look at.
There is both a paid and a free version, but the only thing the paid version gets you is more icons I believe.
I used the app in therapy the other day, and for the first time in my life, I could answer the question 'How have you been feeling for the past two weeks?'
Kitchen Safe: Time Locking Container (White Lid + Clear Base) - 5.5" Height https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E9J3MLM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_ZHBK4RATDYW7TKECGG7Y?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I’ve been using this for months and it’s changed my life.
The desk pad, bulletin board, and journal are my favorites, because they're BIG and in my way all the time. (Well, the planner isn't, but it is more intuitive to me than to use notes on my phone, because the notes just accumulate and I don't check them. I use it 90% of the time just for quick notes.)
I've tried a lot of apps but just don't really like them. I've found the simpler they are, the better.
I've had jaw problems (including but not limited to clenching) longer than I've been on meds. Broke a tooth, headaches, the whole TMJ fun list. Only thing that's ever helped was a bunch of physical therapy+ a $20 night guard from Amazon that some retired dentist-turned-TMJ specialist I went to when my mouth locked at 1/2 cm told me to buy-the kind that only cover front teeth as putting something between your back teeth can trigger clenching and chewing.
If you're clenching on meds, there's a good chance you are at night/without meds/etc, though not necessarily enough that you're noticing pain right away or in the short term-it's incredibly common. I'd get a night guard now anyway. It literally changed my life and I really regret not buying one sooner-it likely would have saved me thousands of dollars.
I'm a Special Ed teacher and I promise you that a) ADHD can be a gift and b) playing videos or audio at higher speeds is a legit strategy.
I think you can play most any audio book faster. I recommend this one: AmazonSmile: ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life: Second Edition: Strategies That Work from an Acclaimed Professional Organizer and a Renowned ADD Clinician (Audible Audio Edition): Judith Kolberg, Kathleen G. Nadeau PhD, Marguerite Gavin, Bibliomotion, Inc.: Books
"The Drummer and the Great Mountain" by Michael Joseph Ferguson, spelled this EXACT mentality that we share.
As a woman, this book made me feel SOOOO much better about myself. Recommend this one highly!
Y'all need a timer cap.
Also me when I don't eat before taking Vyvanase.
This has been a game changer for me:
Weekly Pill Organizer 3 Times A...
I bought 3 of them so I only have to set everything up every 3 weeks.
My partner has ADHD. I am actually tight now waiting for my diagnosis (Oo, October, come faster!).
Once I found a quote with this point:
I will take care of myself because of you. You will take care of yourself, because of me.
No one else can make you happy. Only you can do it. Do not try to make him happy, take care of yourself and show him how to be happy. Of course you have to be emotionally smart when you start to do it. You can even introduce him this thought. Do not be harsh or insensitive. Be still nice.
He might have some problems, insecurities etc that you do not know. Tell him nicely how do you feel and what you would like to accomplish. And that you will be there for him.
I recommend this book: Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships (Nonviolent Communication Guides) . It has helped me a lot. I did not knew before how bad I was with my "feedback's" and how other person might have felt attacked when I said some stuff. This book is not only good for intimate relationships, it has helped me with all kind of relationships. Clients, parents, etc.
These food stickers are absolutely amazing for this. They wash off so easily in the dishwasher so I put them on literally anything that gets put in my fridge with a throw away date (sharpie in the drawer with the stickers), including Tupperware. It makes it super easy to tell what food went bad and which food I can still eat. So when I inevitably need to throw away food that went bad, I don't actually have to make any decisions, I just throw away food that's got a date earlier than the current date.
Hydration is a major problem for me, but I’ve learned a few things. I drink a glass of water first thing in the morning, so my body can start to recover while I get ready for the day. Consider it part of your medication. I keep sports drinks on hand in case I start dehydrating. But most importantly, I use a water bottle that helps me keep track of my intake. I use this one. It lets me see at a glance how I’m doing. I’ve also found that the straw lets me drink more, faster.
Can I recommend a book called the toothbrush principle for reorganising your life. It massively helped me and while my house is no show home the heaps of junk don't happen anymore and I can usually find my stuff (honestly an absolute miracle). It also has some stuff I there around emotions to do with possessions and the authors very personal story with hoarding coming from a family of hoarders.
Oh and one last suggestion- try survival food tablets (like for camping).
They're similar in texture (a bit less quick to dissolve) to those baby melts and you can get them on Amazon. The ones I have are called "The Survival Tabs" and they have strawberry, chocolate, vanilla and butterscotch flavors. The tablets are about the size of a tums and 20cals each. It won't be hugely satisfying but it's a lot of nutrients per mouthful at least
https://www.amazon.com/Survival-Tabs-Replacement-Activities-Preparedness/dp/B00S5F59TE if I'm allowed to put a link
I’m definitely getting one (also in Canada)!!!
I had one at work to remind me to go to meetings because I kept forgetting about them.
You can also do some voice stuff like add things to a calendar or a list.
If This Then That- IFTTT has some nifty options as well: https://ifttt.com/amazon_alexa
They also make half yoga ball cushions you can put on a seat!
Gaiam Balance Disc Wobble Cushion Stability Core Trainer for Home or Office Desk Chair & Kids Alternative Classroom Sensory Wiggle Seat https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G3SZXF2/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_i_H621NWSMC89VH173A4TT
I see no one has linked myNoise yet. I adore this website, you can choose from a whole range of sounds and adjust the levels as you like. Also it's free, adless, and offsets its carbon footprint.
Not long ago I spent a day hyperfocused on the LSAT thinking (momentarily) I might want to go to law school. I happen to enjoy logic games, but even so I struggled at times because it's not an everyday way of thinking.
What I learned on that day was there are just a handful of question patterns, and there are a lot of free resources (YouTube is good) that explain how to approach each problem type.
If I were serious about taking the LSAT (or a similar test), I would take it one question type at a time. Learn the best approach and then practice just that type of question until I'd mastered it. Then I'd move on to the next type. The types have a range of difficulty as well, so I'd start with the simplest one and build from there.
I'm not sure what memory type questions would be involved in your test, but you could learn about different memorization techniques to build your skills.
I don't know if any of this is helpful, but I wish you luck!
This is great! I could even see it working with studying/homework. I’m all or nothing with that stuff. Could pair well with Habitica.
(I see that I’m not the only one with creepy dolls in their home.)
There's an app called Alarmy, which is available for both Android and iOS. The free version has very loud alarms and a setting where you have to shake your phone to turn it off. The paid version has a setting where you have to do squats to turn it off. Either way, you can set how sensitive the phone will be to the movements and you can set how many times you need to do it. The physical activity should help get you awake. Bonus points for keeping your phone far enough from your bed that you have to get up and vertical just to touch it.
I'm a technical writer! As I've advanced in my career I've noticed more problems with focusing, and finishing. Since I have more responsibility, I can't compensate by working longer anymore. One thing that's helped is this clock. It has preset timers that I can select for a task like email: 5 min. When I'm working on something longer I'll set it for 10 min because my mind wanders and I can lose hours. The timer quietly interrupts and I can continue the task or take a break. I like that the timer is set physically and has the option for silent alarm.
These are the jars I use to cook it and eat out of. They hold a surprising amount of food.
I haven’t ordered in a while so it wasn’t these exact ones but they’re all basically the same :) 10 Pieces Kids Bamboo Toothbrush Natural Soft Bristle Toothbrush Wooden Toothbrushes Toddlers Adults Natural Wood Organic Toothbrush BPA-Free Color Travel(Kids) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082XZ9HBD/
Yeah same. I got one like this years ago, before I even considered adhd and it’s been amazing - I fill it up once a week and that’s it. The multicolored ones are great too because I’ll sometimes need different dosages on diff days and I associated certain colors with certain days of the week (I take a ton of other shit too besides adderall though so others may need a smaller one or may not need the visual aspect of different colors)
I have been doing this for the last 9 months and I didn't do it before that ever. The only thing that I can figure is for me I've been more anxious, stressed and agitated. It's almost like a type of OCD? Anyways, I told my psychiatrist and he upped one of my antidepressants and it's helped. Also, as far as my head I put on a beanie or cap when I'm at home. The beanies and gaiters help a lot and your can get cute ones, tie up the ends and all kinds of things if you get the gaiters. If you don't like that perhaps a baseball cap, that's what I used before i got the beanies and gaiters.
[lightweight sports beanie]
[Neck Gaiter, Magic Headband Sport Headwear Elastic Face Mask Bandana Scarf UV Resistence Balaclava, Headwrap Helmet Liner for Men and Women - Cycling, Fishing, Running, Hiking, Camping]
In adition to the podcast idea there is a book by Susan Pinsky called Organizing solutions for ADHD, its pretty good
Sure. It didn't help lift my mood but it did help me see that - over time - my mood was getting better. It gave me a barometer for terrible, if that makes sense.
Also, recovery is not linear. So, some days I'd feel like things were getting worse again...but the mood tracker would remind me that things had been even worse and I was still (relatively) getting better. I could also see longer stretches of 'good' between the 'bad'.
I should say I also read a book called Depressive Illness: The Curse Of The Strong by Tim Cantopher. It helped me immensely: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Depressive-Illness-Strong-Overcoming-Problems/dp/1847092357/ref=nodl_
This is the exact brush my dentist told me to buy:
$40, Not super expensive. If you search amazon for that model, it comes in a few other colors.
Like this kind of thing. Depending on what type of phone you have, what your budget is, style preference, etc. Gaming headsets typically have much bigger over-ear headphones that will isolate sound better vs. On-ear headphones that will sit on your ears and not block as much.
Journaling has always been extremely hard for me too. I was doing alright with it for maybe a week, but then I got sick and was too tired to journal at night before bed so I broke the habit for a couple days and didn't pick it back up. I bought this journal and I love it so far. There are a lot of elements to it, and I've started ignoring some of them so they don't stress me out. But there's a good balance of including gratitudes and affirmations, which I love because I really struggle with positivity and finding the good in bad situations. I try to just write down anything at the end of the night. Even if it's just to say that today was boring and I didn't really do much.
Basically I just really try to maintain the habit as much as possible, and to just write whatever. Sorry I don't have any super great tips :/
I am sooo sensitive to sounds, i relate so much to all of these comments here lol. I can’t stand even the smallest noises if I’m trying to sleep or work and I usually have to wear earplugs throughout the workday. These are the best ones I’ve found if you’re looking for a suggestion!
MOLDEX Sparkplugs Soft Foam Ear Plugs 50 Pairs Earplugs - 33dB Highest NRR Made in USA https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DJ4IER4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_AJND2REHG3E0JQD00V3X?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
You can get those plastic fry basket/plates that you then line with cute paper! They’re usually oval but I’ve seen plate-shaped ones at both restaurant supply stores and a local discount grocer. Super easy and feels fun Amazon link
I've been using this one for nearly a decade https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001204XXW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apap_hSDSuolBdZgDq
Caveat that it's annoying to keep retensioning, and sometimes my preferred floss gets stuck on my teeth. But I think this is one of those situations where great may be the enemy of good. The best floss is the one you use.
I've used a planner with mixed success over the last 5 years or so.
I use an app that reminds me of my meds as well as keeps inventory for me and reminds me when to put in for a refill. It apparently has a bunch of other features like appointments and tracking mood but i don't use it for that.
Also, I've learned that establishing a consistent routine helps me from forgetting things. Not to say I don't still have days where I check off the meds and then wonder if I actually took it or just cleared the notification lol. But having the same order of events every morning definitely helps make up for my natural state of "wait what I was doing?"
Link to the app in Google play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.smartpatient.mytherapy
I have this one and it's fine? Not amazing for pills that aren't round but it works reasonably well. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B000BNZTM0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_imm_9Q0NDXS00A4B37ZC317E
I had one prescription where the pills would never cut cleanly, they would just shatter and crumble. I ended up getting a different brand generic of the same medication and that completely fixed the problem.
I always recommend this book (or audiobook, I did the audiobook), Women with Attention Deficit Disorder by Sari Solden. I saw it recommended on hear last year, and it was the most validating thing I've ever heard. You might relate!
At the end of the day, I take a really detailed note about what I finished and where I need to pick up the next day. I use the Windows Sticky Notes or One Note for this, but then I also jot down a less detailed version on a Post-It and slap it right in the middle of my screen. For example, I have a detailed step-by-step guide in One Note from a coworker on how to set up a certain module in our software, and my post it from last night says "UPDATE THE SHIT OUT OF THE ******* CODES BEFORE 1PM MEETING" and that's what I focused on first thing today!
For motivation, having a clear task list is super important. I just wrote a post about my manager running through my list and helping me clear it out, and it makes a WORLD of difference. So if you look at a task and immediately avert your eyes, that's the one to break down into steps and figure out where you are.
Convince yourself you only need to do that terrible task for three minutes. Just three. I set a three minute timer and see how much I can find on the subject in that time. Usually when the three minutes are up, I'm now on a roll and do another five minutes. And then I realize I need to write an email, take a ten minute break to build myself up, and then give myself ten minutes to write a single email lol
Scheduling blocks of time to work on things can help, lots of reminders popping up on your screen, and using apps that don't let you on social media during certain times, they all help! Also getting a formal diagnosis will give you a good chance to tell your boss you're struggling, why, and what you need from them, and THAT is super helpful too! Good luck with it, you got this!
This saved me from so much hassle. under organizer
I’ve never heard of that! I definitely self medicate with coffee and still do in afternoons when I’m crashing a bit.
And days I don’t take Vyvanse...man do I ever chug that coffee!!
I just ordered this Nu-Source Naturals Tri-Synergy energy pills and I’m hoping it’ll help. Especially on days I don’t take Vyvanse.
I get it, totally. One thing that (mostly/sometimes) helps is an hour countdown timer, like this: https://www.amazon.ca/Brisica-60-Minute-Countdown-Teaching-Management/dp/B08RSBXPWC Helps a lot. So I'll throw that on for 20-30. In those minutes, I get to clean up, get distracted (on reddit ha ha) or whatever & I write a post it of 1 - just 1 - thing I will get done when timer dings (eggs read 10 pages, answer 2 emails, etc.), its slow going, but better than getting nothing done and, akes me feel better
This was what all of my school work looked like 😅 I spent a year abroad in university and discovered these folders that had elastic straps that trapped all my torn up notes and papers inside the folder for once and it was life changing, I reused them when I got back home because I couldn't find them anywhere in the states. They're like this if anyone's interested: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000WLB5E2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glc_fabc_JHW7NA1KMDVHXHWS1EA2
Ahahahaha looking through that giant list was crazy! Just a reminder of all the apps I've attempted to try and fix my life. Thank you, I didn't know that library feature existed!
But I found it, it's called any.do https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anydo
I only used the to-do list on it. It looks like it has a lot more features now. And that might have been why uninstalled it (I can't remember at all). So hopefully it isn't bogged down with additional features now!
Actually I think I used the grocery list too, because it sorted the groceries into sections, so I only had to focus on one section at a time (could just focus on the fruit and veg when I'm in produce section, etc)
Oh I felt the same way. I used dry erase for a second, but it wiped off if I looked at it wrong lmao
I used OnScreenClock. It's on android and I just realized there may not be such an app for iPhone? This is the one I used https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mattiesworld.gotdns.org.onscreenclock
Hey, atleast you have narrowed down your choices to vanity bulbs. My office is now loaded with MULTIPLE 9000 lumen color adjustable garage lights because even choosing one consistent light balance was hard for me. May I introduce you to the world of time-wasting, yet energy saving LED bulbs? Who knows , maybe there is some brand new corn bulb version of a vanity lamp which is tempting only because it's not at all necessary. 😭
I just looked to see if they make a monthly 3x a day box and found this
Monthly Medication Organizer For Drawer or Lock Box With 31 Pill Boxes and 4 daily compartments by MedCenter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C350W9E/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_yx73FbJBCG3H6
One small thing that helps me a whole lot is drinking a ton of water. I drink anywhere from 96 ounces to a gallon a day (but I'm also 5'9", so bear that in mind). I have a 32 ounce Bubba pitcher that I refill three or four times, and keep it with me throughout the day. If I'm not feeling plain water, I squeeze a whole lime or lemon in there.
Oh god, good luck on your total crazy mode scrolling.. i get the same exact way!
But also, this is by far my favorite book for women with ADHD. If you haven't read it then you really should! It helped me really identify how much of my life has been affected by my ADHD. Can't recommend enough! It's called Women with ADHD by Sari Solden.
This is a brilliant idea. I needed the reminder that it exists and I ought to use it more.
Reminds me of the book Acting Techniques for Everyday Life. Read it long ago, way before I had any idea i might have adhd. It's geared toward self-confidence, but I think a lot of it could also be used to help with adhd struggles.
Definitely get a doctor who practices evidence-based medicine. You haven't exhausted all the medication options yet, even for the classes of drugs you've already tried.
The recommended starting dose for Strattera for adults is 40 mg, titrating up to 80-100 mg. You may just never have reached a dose that actually worked, since 36 is well below the recommended maintenance dose. As far as Concerta goes, an afternoon IR methylphenidate booster might address the longevity problem for you, although ideally you shouldn't be experiencing blunting. You also haven't been tried on any amphetamine-based stimulants, so there might be one that works better for you.
There are also clonidine and guanfacine, and some off-label options. There are also ADHD-specific CBT programmes, e.g. The Adult ADHD Tool Kit.
look into getting chewing snacks. A rabbit needs to chew stuff, if nothing appropriate is near, they grab anything they can get a hold of.
just put a couple of these around the spots he/she usually chews. you can slowly start leaving them around the house for it to find. Gives them a few things to do besides chewing on dangerous cables or furniture.
Source: had a rabbit that chewed itself out of its cage.
If you’re still looking for reliable, long-lasting, noise-cancelling headphones, please consider these.
They’re pricey, but they cut out everything from my dog barking to my neighbor hammering on our shared wall. I’ve had them for two years and they still work and feel like new. There are also alternate ear pads from other sellers if you prefer a plush ear pad instead of the leather style.
it's called Day Designer, they have "daily" and "weekly" options but I use the daily because it breaks down by hour, which I like. https://www.amazon.ca/Designer-Blue-Sky-2020-2021-Academic/dp/B08496BY18/ref=pd_lpo_229_t_2/142-9226505-5807465?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B08496BY18&pd_rd_r=2277b842-29dd-4231-9c6a-ffe918fcba21&pd_rd_w=aCfYk&pd_rd_wg=Os5kA&pf_rd_p=256a14b6-93bc-4bcd-9f68-aea60d2878b9&pf_rd_r=730YKJ78ZKK5MQZD6QJM&psc=1&refRID=730YKJ78ZKK5MQZD6QJM When I write a task say at 11:00am that will take 2 hrs, I write the task then put an arrow downward to cover the 2 hour period, that way I can visually see how busy or "full" my days are! :)
I JUST bought this pill organizer after I had resigned myself that no pill case would be the Goldilocks of fitting more than 1 pill in a compartment and also still fitting in a bag. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07B3X7PXW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_ahduFb0FC5S96
I stan it. And the price is pretty sexy too. I have too many pills because of Crohn's, ADHD, POTS, and Endometriosis so I was impressed by this case.
I actually, oddly, didn’t even read the reviews. I’m usually a review reader AND a Fakespot user. Here’s the direct link, I can’t vouch for it long term, but so far so good! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EZ6TL2S