Eric Anderson

Eric is a teacher, author, and designer helping others overcome the challenges of living with ADHD.

Thoughts Don’t Race

A common expression when describing ADHD is that the condition causes us to have “racing” thoughts. While this expression demonstrates the feeling, it mislabels the underlying issue. Our thoughts aren’t moving faster than normal or faster than neurotypical thoughts. This explanation either functions as a misguided but innocuous cliché or feeds into the self-absorption of …

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Getting Out The Door

Self-fulfillment means action. There are an infinite number of ways that ADHD can hold us back. Every thought, action or emotion has the potential to derail our progress. Sometimes the obstacle is as simple as going out the door in the first place. I spoke with someone recently who mentioned the frustration of getting stuck …

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Is ADHD Medication Speed? Yes/No

First of all, not all ADHD meds are stimulants; the same classification as meth or speed. For various reasons your prescribing professional might recommend a non-stimulant medication like Strattera or Guanfacine.  In most cases, however, stimulants are the first option because studies show that they provide the greatest benefit for the majority of people. The …

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Your Phone Is Making You Sick

Does your phone worsen your ADHD symptoms? Research Associates in Psychology at the University of Virginia ran an experiment to study the link between phone interruptions and attention-related symptoms. The results of the study were exactly what you’d expect. “The results were clear: more frequent phone interruptions made people less attentive and more hyperactive.” Original …

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Learning from Apologies

Apologies are an invaluable treatment tool. Sure, the experience of being held accountable and needing to apologize can be painful. Once you learn to appreciate their value to your development, however, apologies provide an opportunity to reflect, empathize, and plan for change.  Ever heard of “failing forward?” A good apology is the key to tapping …

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It gets worse!

This is part three of our Following Through series.  The first two parts covered three major obstacles that prevent us from doing what we say: overcommitment, forgetfulness and distraction. In the final part, we’ll introduce a few more obstacles and wrap things up with a miraculous technique for actually doing what you say. Procrastination Procrastination …

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