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ADD Related Focus

Top Ten Signs, Behaviors Or Symptoms Related to ADD-ADHD

Did you know that more and more adults are seeking help for problems related to the signs, symptoms and/or behavior of people with ADD/ADHD? ADD/ADHD is a bioneurological disorder that affects the prefrontal cortex of the brain and challenges areas of attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. It’s been known for some time that attention deficit disorder (ADD); attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects a significant number of children. Go ahead and check the benefits on your health, reducing stress and anxiety levels quickly.

It is estimated that anywhere between four to twelve percent of children in the United States suffer from ADD/ADHD. These symptoms continue into adulthood. It’s my estimation and that of my colleagues that many entrepreneurs show signs of ADD/ADHD as well. In addition, 85% of the people living with ADD/ADHD have yet to be diagnosed and sadly 25% of the people incarcerated have ADD/ADHD.

ADD/ADHD affects areas of organization, time management, and productivity. It is related to issues of procrastination, stress, and anxiety to name but a few. Many doctors recommend to use hemp oil cbd to overcome this problems. With these in mind, all the more reason to become acutely aware of these signs whether to recognize them in yourself; the possibility you may have ADD/ADHD or to be aware a family member, friend, classmate and/or colleague who could be having difficulties in their lives because of symptoms related to ADD/ADHD. Below are my Top Ten clues that may lead you to at least an evaluation for adult ADD/ADHD and/or to seek treatment.

  1. Are you easily sidetracked and become bored in relatively short amounts of time?
  2. Do you have difficulty getting started knowing exactly what you have to do?
  3. Do you have difficulty sitting still for short periods of time or in various situations?
  4. Do you have difficulty sustaining attention in social situations and are you accused of not paying attention?
  5. Are you unable to maintain long-term relationships
  6. Do you have difficulty remembering conversations and/or are you easily distracted when spoken to directly?
  7. Do you have difficulty following through on instructions, failing to do work and duties in the workplace or even in your own business?
  8. Is it difficult to organize tasks and activities and then to get them completed?
  9. Are you making careless mistakes at work or at home?
  10. Do you have a tendency to overpromise and then under deliver?

Does this sound like you or perhaps someone you know? You may wish to follow up with a visit to a doctor knowledgeable in the ADD/ADHD.

The symptoms above relate primarily to inattention. In the near future, I will give you the next top ten symptoms, signs and/or behaviors of hyperactivity and impulsivity.

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ADD Related Finances Stress Management

ADD and the Economic Crisis – How to Deal With the Pressure If You Have ADD

ADD and the Economic Crisis - How to Deal With the Pressure If You Have ADD, Frank Coppola, New YorkThe world is in turmoil financially. Anyone who has watched the evening news or picked up the paper in the last few weeks is aware of this fact, and it affects all of us emotionally. For someone who has ADD, the mental stress can be nearly overwhelming. Fear and anxiety can have a detrimental effect on someone who has ADD, and learning to cope in today’s financial reality is a priority.

Most of us, but especially those who have ADD, generally take something from their environment. For example, if a person who has ADD is surrounded by good news, happy people, smiles, and laughter, their mood will generally reflect that fact. The same is true if they’re surrounded by dire financial forecasts, doom, gloom, anxiety, and fear. It’s a self-perpetuating circle if you allow it to continue unchecked. The more scared you become, the more anxiety builds, until you can barely function. The harder you try to get out of these feelings, the more the feelings persist.

This can lead to a loss of sleep and a loss of focus, which can affect everything from our social lives to our financial well being. If you’re feeling the financial pinch, there are a few things you can do about it. Lessening the anxiety involved is the first step in battling your ADD fueled fears.

How to Deal Effectively With the Fear of a Financial Crisis

The first step is lessening your exposure to the media. If the financial crisis is causing you to lose sleep, cut back on the time you normally spend watching the news or reading the gloomy reports in the newspaper. This can also include not talking to people who are constantly discussing the financial crisis, which ultimately leads to their views being projected onto you.

Brooding on a problem gets us nowhere. Taking action by talking to people who care about you can lessen the mental strain. Instead of panicking, express your feelings to the appropriate people. For instance, your wife, husband, financial adviser or accountant can help relieve the burden. They can also help you understand the problem, and provide you with solutions.

If you have ADD, as I do, staying as stress-free as possible is important, both mentally and financially. Understand that in times of stress, your brain chemistry is out of balance and as such it is important to be aware and actively take steps to reduce stress. Do your best not to brood excessively on the situation. Sometimes that’s tough to do, but in the long run, it is essential for your well-being.

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ADD Procrastination

The Psychology Behind Procrastination:

Is it Just Laziness Or Could it be Something More?

The Psychology Behind Procrastination Perhaps the most lethal form of self-sabotage we face in our lives today is procrastination. It can cross over into all areas of our lives, leaving us filled with anxiety. Once we begin to put things off, the to-do list becomes overwhelming and we don’t know where to start. Instead, we procrastinate more and, thus, the snowball continues to gain momentum and volume as we roll downhill.

Over 20% of people consider themselves chronic procrastinators. When you really think about it, that is a huge number. We speak of obesity and AIDS as epidemics that threaten the well-being of our society – shouldn’t procrastination be placed in this category as well? And what is causing all of these people to put things off again and again?

There are many theories about what causes a person to become a procrastinator. Perhaps the most compelling is that it begins with a controlling parent who creates a schedule and requires that it be strictly adhered to. While this may work well within the family unit at the time, these regimented children will not know how to plan for themselves. Their barometer of how long things take and how much can be done in a certain amount of time was not given the chance to develop correctly.

While they often are labeled as just plain lazy, laziness is rarely the cause of procrastination. It can alternatively cause a lot of injuries due to the rapid pace at which the work needs to be completed, a handy First Aid Training, can help. This ultimately seems to stem from a problem with self-regulation. Studies have shown that procrastinators tend to consume larger amounts of alcohol in a sitting, revealing an inability to know when enough is enough. According to well-known psychologists Dr. Joseph Ferrari of De Paul University in Chicago, there are actually three basic types of procrastinators: 

  • Thrill seekers who wait until the last minute to achieve a euphoric rush of having just finished in time
  • Those who avoid due to self-esteem issues caused by a concern of how others perceive them. Their fears could be of success or failure, but this is based in the fact that they would rather have others things they lack effort rather than ability.
  • Those who do not want to take responsibility for outcomes and so avoid making any important decisions.

Regardless of the procrastination type, breaking the cycle can be very difficult. The biggest hurdle is getting the procrastinator to admit that he/she has a problem. Part of this behavior includes lying to one’s self to the point of conviction. A procrastinator is sure that they will be in a better mood to do this or that tomorrow, that they are more creative under pressure or that a particular task really isn’t as important as it first seemed.

It is particularly difficult to “reform” a procrastinator whose behavior was formed in childhood. However, by paying close attention to procrastination-based behaviors and making a concerted effort to change these behaviors, it is possible for procrastinators to succeed and prosper.

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ADD Personal Growth

ADD and Exercise – What Can People Do and Why is it So Important?

ADD and Exercise - What Can People Do and Why is it So Important?There are a lot of reasons to work out, but for someone who has ADD; those reasons are even more significant. While the health benefits of exercise are well known and obvious, there are a whole set of different reasons why exercises are important to someone who has ADD.

In some cases, someone who has ADD can have an addictive personality. They literally get a hold of an idea and become addicted to it, unlike anabolics like SARMS. This can lead to some catastrophic consequences. However, the reverse can be true, too. Instead of becoming addicted to something that isn’t good for them, they can actually become addicted to something that is good for them-namely exercise.

Here are a few more reasons why exercise is important to people who have ADD:

  • Exercise tires the body and allows the body to rest. This will help you get a better night sleep, which in turn will help you focus better the next day.
  • Exercises can cut down on the chances of suffering from depression, which is a common ailment of someone who has ADD.
  • Exercises can help you relax, quiet the mind and work out any aggression or stress you may have.

Maintaining a regimen is often a challenge for ADD. As a matter of fact, it is one of the major problems for people living with ADD namely staying on a diet. Exercise helps with weight loss as well as the other benefits I listed.

What Types of Exercises are best For People Who Have ADD?

Any exercise is better than none. However, most people who have ADD benefit the most from either resistance training or moderately difficult cardio training. The best way to get the most out of your workout is to combine the two in order to get the most bang for your buck.

For example, you could work on building lean muscle mass by doing resistance training on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday, you could work on your cardiovascular system, by doing some aerobic exercises or by using some equipment, such as a treadmill or elliptical trainer.

If you’ve never worked out before, you should seriously consider hiring a personal trainer. A personal trainer can help fashion a workout routine that fits your needs. They can also show you the proper form to use on each lift or exercise, which will cut down drastically on your chances of suffering an injury.

If you can’t afford a gym membership or don’t have the time, you can always take up a sport or hobby, such as cycling, rollerblading, walking, hiking or join a sports league. It’s extremely difficult to do something you don’t enjoy, but a lot easier to engage in an activity you do like.

If you have ADD, you’ll probably want to change your exercises routine on a regular basis. If you don’t, chances are that boredom will set in, which will eventually lead to quitting.

Exercise is one of the best methods of dealing with and treating ADD. It’s great for your body, mind, and spirit. Not only can you lessen the effects of ADD, but you can look and feel great doing it.

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ADD Related Productivity

Capture Your Amazing Ideas and Increase Productivity – A Simple Four Step Index Card System

Capture Your Amazing Ideas and Increase Productivity - A Simple Four Step Index Card SystemOne of my clients, PJ McGuire, created a system for capturing her thoughts and expanded a system using index cards that has her feeling enormously satisfied and extremely productive. Try this on for size.

So, you have a bunch of random thoughts in your head? Well, write them down. Those thoughts could be an amazing business idea or a bunch of gibberish. But you’ll never know the potential of your ideas if you don’t get them out of your head and on paper.

During my first month of coaching, Frank suggested that I start sifting through my constantly racing thoughts and ideas by writing them on index cards. He gave me a set of rules; only write on one side and throw the card away the next day if it’s a useless idea. I thought Frank and his idea were crazy but decided to give his suggestion a shot; my system definitely wasn’t working. To my surprise, it worked and I took his advice to the next level. Using the index cards has made a huge difference in my life and I hope it will work for you. The process is very simple and will get you organized. Are you ready? Here it is:

  • Purchase colored index cards; they come in an assortment of colors.
  • Choose a color to represent each area of your life. I’ve assigned RED for life/family events; BLUE for my company Modet Inc.; GREEN for miscellaneous stuff and YELLOW for To-Do.
  • Always have blank index cards nearby. In your office, on your bedroom nightstand, coffee table, bathroom, etc. Good ideas come at all times of day and night as well as in a variety of locations. You should always be ready to jot them down.
  • Start writing no matter how silly the thought; you can always throw the card away later. The important thing is to get the thoughts out of your head so your mind is clear for your next incredible idea.

To make the most of the To-Do cards I have a few tips. Write your To-Do’s for the day the night before so you can hit the ground running when you wake up in the morning. If you haven’t finished your tasks at the end of the day throw the card away and forget about it. This will keep you from beating yourself up over the things that you didn’t accomplish. Tomorrow is a new day; start fresh.

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ADD Related Focus Goals Personal Growth Stress Management

3 Impactful Tips for Overcoming the Stress on Today’s Economy

3 Impactful Tips for Overcoming the Stress on Today's EconomyStress affects people with ADD/ADHD especially hard as our body chemistry is hindered by enzymes that literally shut us down. I’ve spoken about brain freeze in the past but in short we are physically unable to unravel our thinking during these times.

Stress is fear-based. Fear is a powerful force which holds people captured in negative paralysis thus limiting one’s possibilities. In a stressful world filled with uncertainty, a fragile economy as well as tragic consequences such as fires in California and global warming; it’s easy to see why people are in stress; particularly with the economy.

Here are 3 tips you can use to overcome the stress of the economy so you can move more fluidly in the world and focus on being productive.

  1. Turn off the media

Just as an insect is drawn to the fire or the reality that there is a tendency for people to focus misery instead of opportunity, the media has taken the point of view that we are doomed. I find this offensive and degrading to the human potentiality available in all of us. I wonder why we spend so much time on our problems as opposed to engaging in dialog that produces solutions. So turn off the talk shows and listen to your heart as the lyric says. We are bigger than the problems facing us.

  1. Gratitude

Take a moment and be grateful for what you have. At the end of the day and the beginning of each, take note of 10 things you are thankful for. Recall your past successes, natural talents, strengths and skills, relationships and personal achievements. Be rigorous. Pay strict attention to what you have accomplished in life and quiet the negative dialog that has you focused on what you don’t have. You might be surprised how much you have going for you. This alone could get you creatively motivated to take that next step towards success.

  1. Remember action reduces fear.

Action relieves depression. You can certainly become depressed and fall into a state of rumination; you know, the churning over of could’s, would’s and should’s. Once you get into motion, fear disappears. Fear comes in all sizes and shapes including public speaking and anxiety of the unknown. Everyone has fears; part of life. Even Laurence Olivier considered to be the greatest actor of all time would throw up before every stage performance. In spite of the fear, he took action. Courage is moving forward in the face of danger. So be courageous!

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