The ADHD Brain
April 27, 2016
Since my first post about “procrastination” and how impossible it was to get started on doing something that needs to be done to promote my psychotherapy practice, I have learned a lot about blogging and establishing an effective online presence. In our digital world, it is imperative to have an active website that stays fresh and inviting to my readers – whether they are friends or clients.
Then why the reluctance to dig in and just write the articles to flesh out my services provided tab? I started thinking about how I operate and how I perceive obstacles and rewards. And how I don’t like being told to do something a certain way. And how urgent deadlines amazingly seem to make things happen. And the realization that other little things become so much more important than doing something that could help me be more successful – despite the fact that I am a good writer who used to really enjoy it.
And then, ah, yes... The Ghosts of ADD Past, Present, and Future… The lack of motivation, distractibility, inconsistent focus, “forgetting” to eat because it’s supposed to be computer time (don’t online games count as computer time?), or repeatedly visiting the pantry to avoid being at the computer, and an inability to get into the zone where the universe hums with rightness and things get DONE! Certainly not the whole list but definitely hallmarks of how attention and focus can be challenged and interfere with one’s productivity.
And then the lightning strike comes in the form of a Facebook post from ADDitudeMag.com, my favorite e-zine, and I realize what I need to write about! Having worked with ADD/ADHD clients and their families for many years, the e-article Secrets of the ADHD Brain by William Dodson, MD, seemed to be the catalyst I needed to begin writing as well as valuable information to share with readers. Dr. Dodson does an excellent job of demystifying ADD/ADHD and its impact on functioning in a world which thinks and operates differently, then offers some strategies for finding systems that work for the individual.
As he beautifully captures, “Most people are neurologically equipped to determine what's important and get motivated to do it, even when it doesn't interest them. Then there are the rest of us, who have attention deficit.” (William Dodson, MD in Secrets of the ADHD Brain). Check it out here.
"Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task."
~William James, letter to Carl Stumpf, 1886 January 1st
And that is exactly how procrastination feels to someone who has been told by a zillion marketing and advertising experts that a "blog" is what's needed to promote my online presence at the next level... Read More Here