Working on Us Week #19- ADHD

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Hello, All! Welcome back to “Working on Us” – A series that represents people with mental health illnesses/disorders. 

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(ADHD) Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is A chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.  

People may experience:

Behavioral: aggression, excitability, fidgeting, hyperactivity, impulsivity, irritability, lack of restraint, or persistent repetition of words or actions
Cognitive: absent-mindedness, difficulty focusing, forgetfulness, problem paying attention, or short attention span
Mood: anger, anxiety, boredom, excitement, or mood swings
Also common: depression or learning disability
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a treatable, neurobehavioral disorder found in kids, teens, and adults.



Though I don’t suffer from attention deficit myself, I have seen how it disrupts the life of people who suffer from it. But there are treatments available which should be availed as it makes a great difference in the progress.

Most of the kids who suffer from it also suffer from learning disabilities too. The ADD or ADHD both leave the person affected by it with a lack of concentration on the topic at hand. The attention deficit also may produce aggressive behavior, lack of ability to fit in with the rest of the group and inability to follow directions.

Since this condition is usually first diagnosed in young children of school going age, special care needs to be taken to make the learning and school experience easy for them. There are medications available which lessen the impact on this on the child and with help of counseling, they mostly overcome this impediment towards learning.

Many famous people have been known to suffer from ADD and ADHD and have successful career and lives.

1. Britney Spears

The iconic pop star Britney Spears went public with her ADHD in 2012 while she was performing as a judge on “The X Factor.”

Spears, who was diagnosed with the condition as a child, needed to take regular breaks during filming to manage her symptoms.

2. Michael Jordan

Perhaps the most accomplished athlete in basketball history, Michael Jordan is known to deal with issues of ADHD.

In retirement, Jordan shifted his high-level energy to a myriad of business investments beyond just the millions of sneakers that bear his name.

3. Zooey Deschanel

Star of the hit show “New Girl,” Zooey Deschanelrevealed her ADHD diagnosis on her blog and said she turned to crafting to help her focus.

Along with her acting career, Deschanel uses her extra energy and creativity to tour and perform with her band, She & Him.

4. Michael Phelps

One way to manage symptoms of ADHD is to win more Olympic gold medals than anyone else in the history of the modern games, like swimmer Michael Phelps.

5. Liv Tyler

Liv Tyler, perhaps most well-known as the daughter to Aerosmith front-man Steve Tyler, but an accomplished actress in her own right, uses meditation to cope with the symptoms of her ADHD.

6. Justin Timberlake

Another pop icon, Justin Timberlake, who got his start on as a child on “The Mickey Mouse Club,” suffers from both OCD and ADHD.

7. John F. Kennedy

Revered President John F. Kennedy famously had difficulty with concentration and reading during his school years.

Though the term attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder wasn’t included in the third edition Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-III) until the 1980s, historians believe JFK would have been diagnosed with both ADHD and dyslexia.

8. Albert Einstein

Developing the theory of relativity isn’t something a person with difficulty concentrating would normally do, but Albert Einstein who was notoriously distracted did just that.

Along with ADHD, some scholars believe Einstein also suffered from Asperger’s syndrome.

9. Bill Gates

– With an estimated net worth of $92 billion and the creator and founder of Microsoft, Bill Gateshas admitted that he’s struggled with ADHD, saying that he always had trouble learning things.

( Source; InspireMalibu )

There is also a theory the people suffering from these disorders have unusual thinking patterns and are highly creative and imaginative.

With meditation, occupational therapy and conventional therapy these people can and do grow up to be exceptional adults with successful careers.


The aim to write this post was to provide some information regarding these conditions.



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In Other Words, favorite things…

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I will tell you what is the ideal evening for me

Sitting comfortably with a few of my favorite things

A hot cup of coffee in my best mug

A book which holds my attention

And music to accompany this idyllic scenario




The Prompt;

Write a story or poem of 5 Lines or Less
Use the picture and/or the word(s) favorite things as inspiration
Link back to this post

Q- What is the cost of blogging to your personal life?

Dr Tanya of Salted caramel has started this conversation.

Initially I framed this question as :”What is the cost of blogging for you?”

I was afraid that “cost” might be misinterpreted as financial cost such as fees for a domain name, registration on a blogging platform etc. So I rephrased the question to “What does blogging cost to your personal life?”

This question was asked by another blogger in a post I read(if I find the link I will share it). I thought why not put it to others too.

Life offers you no such thing as a free lunch. For everything you do or everything you gain you must pay a cost, whether financial, physical or emotional.

So what, indeed, is the cost of blogging for you?

# Cost of Blogging — Questions

1. Does it infringe upon your leisure time?

It used to. Now I have schedule my writing and reading in a way that I can fit it easily in my routine. It, in fact, saved me from boredom and ennui.

2. Worse still, does it distract you from your work/studies ?

I am a person free from work, studies or other commitments. I have plenty of free time to devote to my blog.

3. Is it taking a toll on your personal relationships ?

Not at all. I have learned to balance my life and arrange the timings so that I can have time for my personal relationships free from the stress of blogging and posting.

4. Has your health suffered?

No. I keep a rigid schedule of walking which I follow daily. My current goal is 10,000 steps per day with a minimum of 30-45 minutes of active exercise. I think it’s a pretty good health routine.

5. Have you gained weight ?

No, as a matter of fact, I have lost some weight, finally!!!!

6. Do you ever get writer’s block?

Nopes! I usually get brilliant ideas while walking for my posts. I also get great flashes of inspiration just before I drop off to sleep. And I think that I will write it down tomorrow. But come the next day, and the only thing that I could remember is that I had a great idea for a post. But the actual idea is long gone!

7. Have you ever suffered from blog-related stress or blogger burn out?

Initially, I used to suffer from the stress of writing my posts. I didn’t know how to manage my time and would be like a dog chasing its tail, every day. It took time and thought to plan my day in a way as to cope with the stress and be free to do other things, like reading, going out with friends and family. Now I can say that I am not stressed out due to my blog. And that’s how it should be because it is a recreational activity for me. If it gives me stress, I should just stop doing it!

As for blogger burn out, I haven’t been there, yet! I hope I don’t.


It would be great if you answered these questions because I would love to know how you are balancing blogging with other things in your life so I can make some improvements. If you answer them in a separate post please link back to this post and use the hashtag  # Cost of Blogging



Share Your World 10-14-19

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Why do we have such trouble telling our loved ones that we love them?  Do you have that kind of communication issue with your loved ones?

Above question inspired by this short, poignant blog post: 

I didn’t tell my parents that I loved them. I guess we were from the generation who weren’t taught to do that or it was understood that all children love their parents. I husband and kids and grandkids that I love them. Many times and often. But I find it easier to say it in a text message rather than face to face!

Decorations for holidays?   Spirit lifters or pain in the butt?   Or a mix?  

Both I guess. But as we get older it’s more of later than former. Though I still love to decorate with fresh flowers and even cost more money than I like, I still prefer them to other forms of decorations.

Do you donate to charities?  Of your time, do you feel money is the only true gift, or other?  (nod to Rory for this idea)

I do. But only to those charities which I trust. I have thought of volunteering but that scheme is still in the air. But I give away things that I haven’t used since a couple of years. Sometimes people need money and at others goods can be of use too. Kindness and smiles are gifts that can be generously shared and are always beneficial both to the receiver and the giver.

Are you too superstitious or  have you ever played with a Ouija Board?

As kids we did but only as a joke. I am not superstitious at all. Nothing to fear from broken mirrors, black cats out walking under the ladders. Number 13 doesn’t hold any terror for me either.


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This week please share a photo or image of what ‘harvest’ and “Autumn” mean to you!   Thanks! 

Vector autumn leaves, pumpkin pattern

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Kira’s Sunday Scribbles October 13-2019- A Kaleidoscope


Life through a kaleidoscope is very interesting

A tumble of colors and visions presenting all angles

What we see depends on how we think and perceive

One can see the devil and someone else can see an angel

An enchanting landscape full of possibilities for some

Or an obstacle course presenting difficulties for another

It’s mostly we see is what we think we shall see in life

Keep an open mind and heart to observe the beauty around us


 The prompt;

Welcome to Kira’s weekly inspirational art piece.

Let the whole picture tell you a story, or dive into the small intricate details to make one up! Write a poem, a fiction piece or come up with a picture or drawing of your own, that you feel relates to it.

Feel free to copy Kira’s drawing, to add it to your own post!

In response to;

Kira’s Sunday Scribbles October 13-2019



The Daily Four- Game 12

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Today’s Questions to the Readers are….

What do you feel about charity really and should we give to charity and if we should, what should we give?

I feel that the credibility of a charity is very important. If I can trust that my money is going to the right source, I would gladly donate. I have this rule that I made for myself to give as much in charity as I spend on myself in excess to needs. Like an extravagant buy. I would then try to donate an equivalent amount to charity, at least I try. If I remember!

Why do people donate to charities?

a] Belief in organisation?

b] Good deed for the day?

c] The feel good factor

d] Making a difference?

e] Other?

It varies from person to person. Mostly it is not one factor but a combination of various factors. But the best “motive” behind charity should be to try to make a difference in someone’s life.

What’s a penny to you as in ‘See a Penny .. think of what?

a] Every Penny Counts

b] Pick it up!

c] There isn’t a bad penny?

d] Worth every penny?

e] Other?

If I came across, and one often does, I cannot bend down to pick it up. Something to do with my new knees. So l let it be for someone else to pick up. I have no feelings of superstition regarding pennies or anything else! It makes my life simpler.

If you were asked to donate a single penny, cent as in a  a single unit of the lowest of currencies for your country, would you or would you?

a] Just donate the penny?

b] Donate more than that single penny?

c] Donate nothing, no pennies?

d] Only donate online?

e] Something else?

I probably will donate more. Something which can make a difference. If it is specifically just for pennies, I would donate all the change I have. Makes more sense that way. And BTW, I find carrying change a big nuisance and they fall out of my wallet all the time. Come to think of it I am probably the one dropping all those pennies which bring good or bad luck to others!




Joelle’s Tales- Tell me a Tale in 120 words- October 3

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PLEASE participate

It’s not like I’m asking you wrestle alligators, although there are some in the lake near my house.  Did you know alligators can climb fences?




Welcome to OCTOBER 3!


Today’s prompt is:  What would you say is the biggest change in your life?


In different stages of my life, I have embraced change, willingly or unwillingly because it is a necessity for survival. But I think the biggest change that came in my life was when I stopped thinking all the time what others wanted or expected of me and started thinking how I want to be and behave for my own sake.

And believe me, it was a very difficult transition. It didn’t happen overnight. It took me years of conditioning and convincing myself that it was about time that I stopped living my life according to the expectations of others.

What really convinced me were the words of my aunt who told me that after forty, one should stop pleasing other!


Word count: 120



Reena’s Exploration Challenge #108 – The great betrayer

Welcome to a poetic week! 

The Prompt;

I’ve chosen two short pieces of iconic poetry, which are given below. However, your task is not necessarily to write a poem. You can choose any one line out of the seven given here, and use it as the first line for your piece.  You can choose to end the piece with another line, but it is not a compulsion.

I look forward to see where the lines take you. 

“For I have known them all already, known them all:

Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons;

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.”

Source: “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot

“Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave

Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;

Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.

I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.”

Source: “Dirge Without Music” by Edna St. Vincent Millay:


Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave

This life leads to this goal all along

There are distractions aplenty on the way

So think they have beaten death at its game

But little they know the tricks being played

On them by this obscure reality of living

I have seen the end in my mind’s eyes

Seen all the forms this betrayer takes

For I have known them all already, known them all




Stream of Consciousness Saturday 12 October- Grounded

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Hi! It’s Friday, and time for your Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt.

Here’s your prompt for this week:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ground.” Use it as a noun or a verb in any tense (i.e. grind). Have fun!

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You know what keeps me grounded? A pot of freshly brewed coffee made with beans that are grounded every morning before I brew my pot. If I don’t get this dose of caffeine first up in the morning, the day cannot start. Well the day does starts but not for me….. at least not the way I like to start my day, specially if it is a weekday.

There are other things that keep me balanced and grounded. Like following my routine and finishing my chore in the order I think they should be. Some people might think that I am getting to be a bit OCD but I beg to differ. I am very OCD in certain aspects of my life. But I attribute this to growing up ( old). I think we become fixed in our ideas of how life should go as we grow ( up/ old). There is nothing wrong with it. It is the privilege of age!

That’s my view on it and I am standing firm on my ground!




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