ADHD Roller Coaster with Gina Pera https://adhdrollercoaster.org News and Essays about Adult ADHD, with author Gina Pera Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:24:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 84451017 ADHD & The High Cost of “Fear-Based Management” https://adhdrollercoaster.org/essays/adhd-the-high-cost-of-fear-based-management/ https://adhdrollercoaster.org/essays/adhd-the-high-cost-of-fear-based-management/#comments Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:30:58 +0000 https://adhdrollercoaster.org/?p=7863 My husband, prior to being diagnosed with ADHD at age 37, says his best coping tool was “Fear-Based Management”—fondly referred to as FBM™.  Yet he, along with many other adults with late-diagnosis ADHD, often learn this: The strategies that seemed to help in the short-term can be destructive in the long-term. Let me explain, briefly. […]

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Can ADHD Affect Sense of Smell? https://adhdrollercoaster.org/essays/can-adhd-affect-sense-smell/ https://adhdrollercoaster.org/essays/can-adhd-affect-sense-smell/#comments Thu, 06 Jul 2017 13:55:45 +0000 https://adhdrollercoaster.org/?p=6694 Our mail carrier handed me a small box. As he walked away, I thought, “Wow, his cologne still lingers. Must be strong stuff.” Then I opened the box: A small bottle of patchouli oil. Even though securely closed, the scent was almost over-powering. I bring the bottle to my husband. “Do you like this scent,” I […]

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Myth #11: Stimulant Medications are Dangerous! https://adhdrollercoaster.org/myth-busting/myth-10-stimulant-medications-are-dangerous/ https://adhdrollercoaster.org/myth-busting/myth-10-stimulant-medications-are-dangerous/#comments Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:25:01 +0000 https://adhdrollercoaster.org/?p=7781   By Taylor J., guest writer It’s a pernicious myth, this idea that stimulant medications are dangerous. In fact, it has been repeated so often, it’s largely accepted as fact. Yet, just as with Uncle Joe warning  your childhood self, “If you eat that watermelon seed, it’s going to grow a watermelon in your belly,” […]

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Can Foods, Acids, and Antacids Interfere with Stimulants? https://adhdrollercoaster.org/medication/can-foods-acids-and-antacids-interfere-with-stimulants/ https://adhdrollercoaster.org/medication/can-foods-acids-and-antacids-interfere-with-stimulants/#comments Mon, 15 May 2017 13:33:51 +0000 https://adhdrollercoaster.org/?p=6021 Can acidic foods interfere with the effectiveness of stimulants, such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Vyvanse? The question came up again at my face-to-face Silicon Valley Adult ADHD discussion group. So, let’s delve now into answering that question. In a word, yes. Yes, food can interfere!   Most specifically, an overly acid or alkaline system (ph) can affect some stimulants’ effectiveness. For […]

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ADHD Roller Coaster Again Named A Best ADHD Blog https://adhdrollercoaster.org/tools-and-strategies/adhd-roller-coaster-again-named-best-adhd-blog/ https://adhdrollercoaster.org/tools-and-strategies/adhd-roller-coaster-again-named-best-adhd-blog/#comments Wed, 10 May 2017 01:04:03 +0000 https://adhdrollercoaster.org/?p=7729 For the fourth year running, Healthline.com editors named ADHD Roller Coaster a Best ADHD Blog.  They  describe my work this way: For 17 years, Gina Pera has been dedicated to opening up dialogue on adult ADHD. Her background in journalism has made her a thorough researcher and interviewer. Her blog posts tackle issues the ADHD […]

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ADHD Drug Holiday—Or Horror? https://adhdrollercoaster.org/medication/adhd-drug-holiday-or-horror/ https://adhdrollercoaster.org/medication/adhd-drug-holiday-or-horror/#comments Sun, 05 Mar 2017 21:46:18 +0000 https://adhdrollercoaster.org/?p=7523 By Katy Rollins I was out of Concerta for a couple of days. In the interim, it was funny watching the ways that I unravel, when I don’t take my medication. Of course, the unraveling isn’t always what people might expect if they didn’t know much about ADHD. I Ran Out Of Concerta—and This Happened For […]

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“My Husband Is A Good Looker…” https://adhdrollercoaster.org/tools-and-strategies/husband-good-looker/ https://adhdrollercoaster.org/tools-and-strategies/husband-good-looker/#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:05:05 +0000 https://adhdrollercoaster.org/?p=7618 By Jo Ann Law McGrath, guest writer My husband is a good looker. Well, yes….he’s handsome, too, but what I mean to convey is his likeness to a bloodhound. He is good at looking for things. He has established a state-of-the-art for lost and found. He is tireless, dauntless, indefatigable, tenacious—driven even. He is Bulldog […]

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Adult ADHD and Infidelity: Getting Past the Affair https://adhdrollercoaster.org/tools-and-strategies/__trashed/ https://adhdrollercoaster.org/tools-and-strategies/__trashed/#respond Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:07:11 +0000 https://adhdrollercoaster.org/?p=4529 Is there an association between Adult ADHD and infidelity?   The simple answer is: Maybe. But probably not in the way you might think. My ADHD Partner Survey queried this topic. I will explore the results in a future post.  Some quick highlights: Most respondents said that their ADHD partners were very committed to the relationship. A small […]

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On Trying to Swim Blind: ADHD and Medication https://adhdrollercoaster.org/medication/7214/ https://adhdrollercoaster.org/medication/7214/#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2016 13:37:47 +0000 https://adhdrollercoaster.org/?p=7214   What difference does it make later in life, to be diagnosed with ADHD and take medication? We met just a few years ago. At that time, Meg struggled mightily over the tedious tasks of daily life. For example, remembering to move the clothes from the washer to the dryer. It’s easy to understand. Anyone co-parenting […]

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What Might Kill Me?: An Astronaut’s Tips for ADHD Adults https://adhdrollercoaster.org/tools-and-strategies/might-kill-astronaut-planning-tips-adhd-adults/ https://adhdrollercoaster.org/tools-and-strategies/might-kill-astronaut-planning-tips-adhd-adults/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:34:20 +0000 https://adhdrollercoaster.org/?p=6886   When you sit in a spaceship hurtling around the Earth at 17,500 miles per hour, you learn something about managing risk—and panic. As I listened to this interview with a famous astronaut, I thought, “That’s exactly the strategy Dr. Goat and I need for planning a terror-free vacation!” It worked! I’ll tell you more about […]

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