I’m Back!

I know it’s been an age since I posted. If consistency is the key to being a good blogger, I’m in trouble.

But now I’ve got a secret weapon.

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No, it’s not kittens. Contrary to popular opinion, cats are not helpful to the writing process. Which is a shame.

Adderall!

Technically it’s Dextroamp, but it does the same thing.

I was diagnosed with adult ADHD fairly recently and given a prescription to help me manage it.

I’m only about half a week into the meds, but so far I’m really excited about how it’s working. What I’ve noticed is that it helps shush my brain so I can focus. Normally I have trouble sitting still long enough to focus on the task at hand. The last few days, I’veĀ thought I was doing about the same, but my output has significantly increased. I don’t flicker over to Facebook or Tumblr as often.

There’s a theory that ADHD runs on my dad’s side of the family and has gone undiagnosed because it’s ADHD-Inattentive rather than ADHD-Hyperactive. Instead of bouncing off the walls and driving parents and teachers crazy, we stare off into space and do really well with lots of external structure, like elementary school. Once we’re expected to be more independent, that’s when things go haywire. It often goes undiagnosed. In my case, I assumed I was just lazy or “defective. ” (That word comes up a lot in therapy when I’m feeling down.) After all, if something was actually wrong a grown up would have noticed, right?

Turns out no. ADHD-Inattentive is a sneaky type of disorder and flies under the radar all the time. It can also cause, or come comorbid with, anxiety and depression.

That sure explains a lot, doesn’t it?

So with this new weapon in my arsenal, I’m excited to be getting back to writing.

Thanks for sticking with me!

Anyone else have a late-in-life diagnosis that explains a lot? Any recommendations for managing ADHD? Did you miss me terribly? Let me know!

P.S. My manuscript is at 64,000 words!

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