ADHD

A Poem To Help People Understand ADHD

This poem says it all… ADHD
Take my hand and come with me
I want to teach you about ADHD
I need you to know, I want to explain,
I have a very different brain
Sights sounds and thoughts collide
What to do first? I can’t decide
Please understand I’m not to blame
I just can’t process things the same
Take my hand and come with me
let me show you about ADHD
I try to behave, I want to be good
But I sometimes forget to do as I should
Walk with me and wear my shoes
You’ll see its not the way I’d choose
I do know what I’m supposed to do
But my brain is slow getting the message through
Take my hand and talk with me
I want to tell you about ADHD
I rarely think before I talk
I often run when I should walk
It’s hard to get my school work done
My thoughts are outside having fun
I never know just where to start
I think with my feelings and see with my heart
Take my hand and stand by me
I need you to know about ADHD
It’s hard to explain but I want you to know
I can’t help letting my feelings show
Sometimes I’m angry, jealous or sad
I feel overwhelmed, frustrated and mad
I can’t concentrate and I loose all my stuff
I try really hard but it’s never enough
Take my hand and learn with me
We need to know more about ADHD
I worry a lot about getting things wrong
everything I do takes twice as long
everyday is exhausting for me
Looking through the fog of ADHD
I’m often so misunderstood
I would change in a heartbeat if I could
Take my hand and listen to me
I want to share a secret about ADHD
I want you to know there is more to me
I’m not defined by it you see
I’m sensitive, kind and lots of fun
I’m blamed for things I haven’t done
I’m the loyalist friend you’ll ever know
I just need a chance to let it show
Take my hand and look at me
Just forget about the ADHD
I have real feelings just like you
The love in my heart is just as true
I may have a brain that can never rest
But please understand I’m trying my best
I want you to know, I need you to see
I’m more than the label, I am still me!!!!
By: Andrea Chesterman Smith

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ADHD Struggles

PEOPLE WITH ADHD TYPICALLY NEED HELP With:

• Considering consequences before acting on a thought • Setting goals and prioritizing • Keeping a goal in mind • Sequencing out steps toward a goal • Directing attention to the task at hand • Creating and sticking to timelines • Keeping track of time• Staying focused • Keeping thoughts at bay • Not blurting out feelings

 

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Book Recommendation (ADHD)

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I totally recommend this book.  It has a lot of positive powerful insight into your wonderful ADHD mind. It is proven that ADHD people are VERY smart and you shouldn’t ever let a diagnosis make you feel small. You have to find your strengths, hold on tight, and continue to build on them and you will do amazing things in your life.

Guaranteed!

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ADHD Money Management Strategies

By: NeverDefeatedCoaching Jenna Knight

Have you ever taken the time to actually figure out where your money goes each week and what you could have saved and made better use of? So many adults with ADHD live from pay check to pay check, always hating the last few days as you have run out of money, and not saving for emergencies or rainy days. Now without further ado, let’s get started on my top five budgeting tips, these should help you with your budget each month.
Know Your Budget – This sounds so easy, but for an adult with ADHD you may have no idea what is coming in or out each week. If you don’t have a firm grip on your budget, then how do you really know what is left to spend? Write down EVERYTHING that you have to spend each week (mortgage/rent, cable, insurance ect.) and then write down all your incoming income. Take away all the bills that you may have from your incoming income, and then you will know what is left. The trick to it all is not to worry about what you haven’t got, but simply make the most out of every penny that you do have. If you know what you have to spend each month, then you can work out what you can really afford and then cut down accordingly. But you have to know first- knowledge is power.
Be Prepared For the Worst – Along with your weekly budget, you need to budget for emergencies. What if your car broke down and needed some work or you need a new water tank, you need to have emergency cash to cover it. Try to make emergency funds into your weekly budget. Emergencies do happen and the last thing you want to be worried about is when the worst happens. Always be safe than sorry.
Be Realistic – What Is a Luxury Vs. What Is a Necessity – When you create your weekly budget be realistic with yourself with what is a luxury & what a necessity is. Don’t add into your budget with things like eating out, or going to the movies unless you can afford it. So often some ADDers assume that they have to budget for things like this, and then wonder why they end up broke at the end of every week. It is about being clever with your money, spending on what is needed and minimizing on the luxuries so you don’t end up in the hole.
Save Your Change – Look after the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves. We have all heard that before, but have you ever really saved your pennies and have seen how fast they can add up. I have a change jar at home where my family puts any change that we have weighing down in our pockets or in our pocketbooks. When it is full I count it up and put it into my bank account and it is usually $20-$25 dollars. Do this a few times a year and your savings will thank you for it.
Use Cash Not Your Credit Card – If you really have difficulty keeping your spending under control, I find that using cash rather than your credit card really helps you become more aware of your spending. At the beginning of the week take out enough cash to cover your budget for the week and only use this money. This way you can see how quickly you spend it and you will become aware of your spending.

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Managing Money With ADHD

The ADHD Guide to Saving Money

The road to financial stability (and actual savings) is not complicated, but it’s not easy, either. This easy-to-follow plan can help you get out of debt, lower your monthly bills, and spend less. The trick is sticking with it.

by Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D.
Savings Guide for ADHDers

Most U.S. households have trouble putting money away — statistics show that Americans, on average, save only 1 to 2 percent of their family income — and those with ADHD have an even harder time saving for their future. Here’s an easy-to-follow plan for finally getting out of debt, lowering your big monthly bills, and spending less.
Live within Your Means

Your first goal is to live within your means — no more purchases on charge cards — while you pay off your consumer debt.
Low-Interest Credit Cards

Transfer your consumer debt to zero-percent or low-interest credit cards. The lower the interest rate, the less you will pay each month. Typically, such offers are sent to customers with good credit, but you can also find them online. (Compare offers on http://www.creditcards.com and http://www.bankrate.com.)
Try Online Banking

Set up automatic monthly payments through online banking. This will ensure that your zero-percent or low-interest credit card payment is never late.

Log onto your bank’s website, open an account, and sign up for online bill paying. Then create monthly payments for other bills you can start paying automatically. These bills should include predictable charges, such as a mortgage payment, and payments to utility and phone companies.
Pay It Out

Add up the payments you have been making on your various higher-interest credit cards and pay at least that total — preferably more — each month on your zero-percent credit card.
Hand Over Your Credit Card

Keep your paid-off credit card in a safe but difficult-to-access place. You might give your card to a family member. Explain that you’ll ask for it only in case of an emergency. Another option is to place the card in your safety deposit box. Or — if you’re an extreme spender — try freezing the card in a block of ice in your freezer. By the time the ice melts, you will have figured out whether a prospective purchase is something you need or just something you want.
Consider Refinancing

Consider refinancing your mortgage and car loans — typically, the biggest bills a family pays each month — at lower-interest rates. This will increase the amount of money you’ll be able to save.
On the Rise

As you gradually pay off your consumer debt, your credit score will rise. This will make you eligible for lower interest rates on your mortgage. (Check your credit score at no cost through http://www.annualcreditreport.com.)
Pay It Off

Pay off your car loan with a home equity line of credit. Typically, home equity loans carry lower interest rates than car loans. The interest you pay each month is tax-deductible. Search for the lowest rates at http://www.bankrate.com and http://www.interest.com.
Avoid Impulse Buys

Don’t place yourself in situations where you’re likely to make impulse purchases. For example, don’t wander through Barnes and Noble on your lunch hour if you can’t resist magazines or Blu-rays. If you receive a lot of catalogs at home, cancel them through http://www.catalogchoice.org.
Shop Smarter

Instead of “going to the mall” for fun, make a list of the items that you need and go only to the stores where you can find a good price on them.

If online shopping is your weakness, make it more difficult to log on to shopping sites by not bookmarking them. Think of the Internet as a source of information, not a source of shopping entertainment.
Put Yourself On a Spending Allowance

Calculate the amount that you can afford to spend each week on discretionary expenses, such as buying lunch, clothing, books, coffee, dinners out, movies, and so on. Go to the ATM on Friday; withdraw that amount, and don’t take out any more cash (or use a charge card) during the week. If you spend your money over the weekend, pack your lunches and don’t shop or eat out until the following Friday.
Start Saving

Put money away while paying off the balance on your zero-percent or low-interest rate credit card. Figure out how much you’re saving from using this credit card, refinancing big-ticket bills, and sticking to a budget. Designate this amount for savings. Have your bank deposit that amount each week (studies show that people are more likely to save if the money is deposited automatically) into two savings accounts: Emergency fund and retirement fund.
Start an Emergency Fund

Start an emergency fund, invested in a money market account. To find the highest-yielding rates, log on to http://www.bankrate.com or http://www.fidelity.com. You will have to fill out an application online, authorizing the money market company to transfer funds from your bank each month.
Plan for Retirement

Start a retirement fund, invested in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or cash. Log on to http://www.fidelity.com to explore mutual-fund options or http://www.schwab.com to set up a brokerage account. You’ll fill out an application online, and the company will take it from there, making sure that your bank transfers the funds electronically. If your company has a 401(k) plan, talk with the benefits department about having a portion of each paycheck deposited into the plan.
A Little Goes a Long Way

Don’t tell yourself that saving just a little won’t make a difference. You’re developing a habit — the longer you save something each month, the more likely you will be to continue doing it. Increase your contributions to these accounts as you pay down your credit card debt and curb your spending habits.

Congratulations! You are, finally, building wealth for your future.
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