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The Biggest Lesson I’ve Learned in Managing My ADHD

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
Associate Editor

The Biggest Lesson I've Learned in Managing My ADHDADHD tends to make every aspect of life that much more challenging. Because attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) impairs the executive functions of the brain, individuals struggle with processing information, paying attention and prioritizing tasks. Naturally, this affects them at work and at home.

People with ADHD also often struggle with relationships and a sinking self-esteem. Fortunately, ADHD is treatable. And many people are able to lead fulfilling, productive lives.

In fact, most of the psychotherapists I interview for my articles on ADHD have the disorder. So in addition to helping others with ADHD succeed, these experts live with the same symptoms and types of challenges on a daily basis.

It’s why we wanted to know the biggest and most important lesson they’ve learned in managing their own ADHD. Below you’ll find their insight.

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The Biggest Lesson I’ve Learned in Managing My ADHD

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  1. Margarita,

    I cannot tell from the article and others that you have written that seem personal in nature, but do you have ADHD yourself?

    -don

  2. Your article was just “what the doctor ordered”, for me. As a woman who developed ADD after a stroke at the age of 47, dealing with the forgetfulness and disorder in my life, is something which I daily struggle to overcome. Before my stroke, I was the quintessential perfectionist, Type A personality, with everything perfectly organized, all files and folders in order, filed, and the envy of the elementary school in which I taught. Now, papers seem to grow into HUGE piles as I sleep, and I can’t even find the folders which they go in!! Needless to say, I feel as if I am drowning in papers, household decor, clothing, and items that were purchased when the stroke was causing memory losses and I did not realize I was purchasing them. Of all the things that are the hardest for me to deal with at this point after my stroke,those items purchased cause me the most anxiety and inner turmoil. Before my stroke, I bought and sold items on eBay to make extra money. After my stroke, when I was again able to walk and go shopping by myself, I apparently thought I was still doing the buying and reselling of eBay. Needless to say, I WAS NOT doing any selling, but WAS DOING plenty of buying! Those items continued to pile higher and higher, to the shock of my unknowing husband. I had stored (thrown) my “treasures” in an attic room which he rarely set foot in. Imagine his shock when he eventually went into my lair of treasures! He
    immediately stopped my purchasing privileges, but the damage was done. Now, six years after my stroke, and two years after my body and mind are to the point that I am as “normal” or “back to my old self” as I most likely, will ever be, my treasures are still waiting for me to actually earn any money from them. These “treasures”, plus the paper, clothing, and other items of daily life and living, are overwhelming me to the point that I don’t know where to start. I have tried so hard to deal with my daily life and all the treasures, but feel as if I am swimming against the current and this current is slowly, but surely, drowning me. The ADD, that is now a part of the

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