This post shares my ten most popular blog posts on Adult ADHD, with a snippet about each. They touch upon relationships, medication, scientific research, management tools, and much more.
As you can see from the wide range of topics, I focus on Adult ADHD from many angles. Why? Because ADHD is complex! The more we connect the dots, the more we can make sense of—and elevate—our lives and our relationships
I started this blog in 2008. That makes it the first website devoted to Adult ADHD – and still going strong. At last count: 310 posts and 7,000+ comments.
Readers tell me they love poking around the archive, discovering one original and informative post after another, including
- Consumers stories about generics and genetic-testing
- Poignant first-person guest essays
- Research highlights
- Relationship strategies
- A series of posts based on reading my first book—by two late-diagnosis ADHD women married to men with with late-diagnosis ADHD. They make one thing very clear: Relationship challenges involve much more than “ADHD vs. Non-ADHD”
Today, I’ll make it easy for you with highlighting these ten best blog posts, according to blog visitors. I hope they take you from one fascinating topic to another.
Thanks for riding this coaster with me!
1. When Adult ADHD Feels Like “Not Being Good Enough”
Left unrecognized or poorly managed, ADHD can wreak havoc with the people who have it—and everyone in the vicinity.
This powerfully written essay offers the “non-ADHD partners” a glimpse of how their “ADHD partners” might feel. Before diagnosis. Before treatment. Before education and acceptance by both partners.
2. ADHD and Empathy: A Study, Book Excerpt, and Empathy Defined
Misinterpreting ADHD-related patterns can make our lives so much harder. The idea is not “making excuses for bad behavior.”
Rather, it’s knowing that sometimes ADHD makes things a little more…complex. That includes the ability to empathize.
3. Six Key Management Tools for Adult ADHD: Time, Tasks, and Memories
In my experience, organized people are mostly made, not born. Especially in this 21st Century, we must all maximize strategies to stay on top of our time and priorities.
4. What You Don't Know About Your Concerta Pills Might Hurt You
Concerta generics are wreaking havoc with millions of people for whom this stimulant works beautifully—and has for years.
What can you do? The status changes often — and quickly. I keep you informed.
5. Breaking Out of ADHD Relationship Dysfunction—After Not Breaking a Fall
As I learned first-hand and share in this personal essay: Thriving with ADHD in one’s relationship often means treading seas of gray area. Our human brains, however, prefer easy black and white.
When we misinterpret a partner’s ADHD-related patterns as “not caring” or “not loving,” we risk making things so much harder. Yet, we also must recognize that understanding does not mean excusing hurtful behavior.
6. “I Was Addicted to Meth When I Was Diagnosed With ADHD”
If for some reason your heart needs breaking, read this post and comments. This is an unrecognized public-health disaster: The numbers of people with undiagnosed ADHD who stumble into improved functioning—courtesy of methamphetamine.
Many seek an ADHD evaluation and pursue proper treatment. Too often, though, the psychiatrists whose help they seek tell them: “Be off meth for a month and talk to me.” Meanwhile, lives and jobs hang in the balance.
7. ADHD and Sex: Post-Orgasm Irritability, Jerkdom
I love identifying topics that reduce readers’ feelings of isolation—that “I’m the only one with this weird problem”—and offer rational explanations. Explanations based in neurochemistry, not psychological theory. Especially when there is an ADHD connection.
This is one of those topics.
8. Research: ADHD, Balance, and "Postural Sway"
Can ADHD create physical balance problems? Yes, we’re hearing more about ADHD-related challenges with something called “motor control.” Simply put, balance. I’ll share a few examples and then results from a very interesting study.
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This issue is important because poor coordination is associated with physical injuries, some of them severe. It can even affect the results of roadside sobriety tests.
9. When ADHD Leads to “Self-Medicating” With Argument
Some people get a kick from provoking conflict—consciously or not. It might feel good in the moment. But it can have disastrous consequences. And even land “trolls” in Facebook Jail.
Again, this is one of those topics that I wrote about first, including in my first book, Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.? More than 14 years ago. Many who publicly scolded me for posing this idea — calling me “negative” —now post their own version of it.
10. FAA Guidelines on ADHD — No Rx for Commercial Airline Pilots?
This post explores FAA policy guidelines on ADHD. Specifically, being a commercial pilot while having ADHD and taking medications to treat ADHD symptoms.
Originally published in 2012 and updated February 2022, it’s one of my most perennially popular posts. At the end, I’ll share a new FAA Safety Briefing.