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  1. 1. ADHD Awareness Expo Adult ADD/ ADHD Q & A Tara McGillicuddy, SCAC : Iwill begin answering questions in 9 minutes. Sep 17 2010, 12:00 PM Tara: Welcome!! I hope you are getting a lot out the Expo! Sep 17 2010, 12:00 PM Tara: We've had some great questions. I will try and answer as many as I can. I may not be able to get to all the questions though.
  2. 2. Sep 17 2010, 12:01 PM Guest42 (guest): What do you do when someone is spending too much money on internet shopping. Is this a symptom of ADD? Sep 17 2010, 12:01 PM Tara: A lot depends on who this “somebody” is. Maybe start by letting this person know how his or her spending is impacting you. Impulsive and compulsive spending is often related to ADHD and/or a co- existing condition. It’s important this person has a proper diagnosis and is receiving optimal treatment. Sep 17 2010, 12:01 PM Tara: A couple of resources are: The book ‘When too Much isn’t Enough” by Wendy Richardson. Sep 17 2010, 12:02 PM Tara: I believe our Exhibitor Lotus Bridge also has some resources on spending. Sep 17 2010, 12:02 PM MrChamp (guest): My one question basically centers around distinguishing adult add from "normal" behavior... Being unable to concentrate on uninteresting tasks at work, Losing interest in one on one conversation, unable to decide the order in which to work on things etc. all at some degree sound like something everyone does at some point... I've talked a little bit to some people about how I feel like I could be doing more w/ my life (not that I'm really doing bad by any means) and most people just write it off... Sep 17 2010, 12:03 PM Tara: It's hard to say - In people with ADD / ADHD these behaviors are more problematic and have more consequence then "normal" people. Sep 17 2010, 12:04 PM Tara: However, it's more important to find strategies to improve these behaviors. Sep 17 2010, 12:04 PM Tara: Look at how they are impacting your life. Sep 17 2010, 12:05 PM
  3. 3. Tara: Then maybe seek out treatment / support / education to find ways to improve these issues so you can be happier and more productive. Sep 17 2010, 12:05 PM Guest357 (guest): As remedies for sleeping through alarms it has been suggested to me to have my adhd college student try a sonic boom clock or a bed shaker which I intend checking into. Do you know have any other suggestions? Sep 17 2010, 12:06 PM Tara: Look at how much sleep he is getting. What time hes getting to sleep at night. Sep 17 2010, 12:07 PM Tara: Often alarms clock aren't enough in he morning for College Students living in a dorm. Sep 17 2010, 12:07 PM Tara: He may benefit from somebody calling an waking him up in the morning. Sep 17 2010, 12:08 PM Tara: He may also benefit from an ADD / ADHD Coach. Take a look at our Resource Table. Jodi Sleeper- Triplet has some excellent resources. Sep 17 2010, 12:09 PM Tara: The Edge Foundation is also a resources for college Students with ADD / ADHD Edge Foundation Sep 17 2010, 12:09 PM Guest252 (guest): Hi. ¿How did I approach my couple and help him to understand the importance of been evaluated and get some help? Sep 17 2010, 12:10 PM ADHDExpo: Approach him a neutral time and let him know how his symptoms are affecting "YOU". Sep 17 2010, 12:11 PM
  4. 4. ADHDExpo: Also take a listen to the "ADHD and Marriage Q & A" Under Events at the top. Sep 17 2010, 12:11 PM Tara: Melissa Orlov's new book is an excellent resources too. Sep 17 2010, 12:12 PM Tara: People with undiagnosed ADD / ADHD are often resistant in the beginning. It can take a while for people to accept the possibility they may have ADD / ADHD. Sep 17 2010, 12:13 PM Guest976 (guest): Do you ever get to a point (after coach/meds/therapy, what have you) where you don't have a "battle" within yourself. I'm speaking of the issues that ADD/ADHDers have to deal with, i.e. motivation, procrastination, etc. Sep 17 2010, 12:14 PM Tara: The challenges usually don't go away 100% but yes they can and do get easier to deal with. Sep 17 2010, 12:15 PM Tara: Finding the proper treatment / management plan really helps people with ADD / ADHD lead happier and productive lives. Sep 17 2010, 12:15 PM Guest895 (guest): why when things are finally going well, seems I have a system that works for me, I forget to utilize my tools and strategies, I fall behind, and it seems I am stuck right back at square one again, only to have to try to reconstruct my systems all over again. Very frustrating and tiring! Sep 17 2010, 12:16 PM Tara: It's really important to keep evaluating and re-valeting your systems. Sep 17 2010, 12:16 PM Tara: They need to be tweaked regularly. Sep 17 2010, 12:16 PM Tara: See if there a pattern with the time frame you usually fall off track. Sep 17 2010, 12:17 PM
  5. 5. Tara: If you fall off track every 6 week then that's sign that you you need to re-evluate your system BEFORE 6 weeks. Sep 17 2010, 12:17 PM Tara: It could also be helpful to work with an ADD / ADHD Coach to help you look at what is working and what isn't working. Sep 17 2010, 12:18 PM Nicole (guest): As a follow-up to the question above about college students sleeping through alarms -- do you have any suggestions for adults with this problem? I set multiple alarms and sometimes it works but other times it doesn't. Sep 17 2010, 12:18 PM Tara: My suggestions are pretty much the same as the college student. Sep 17 2010, 12:19 PM Tara: Also think about being evaluated for sleeping disorders too. It's common for people with ADD / ADHD to also have a sleep disorder. Sep 17 2010, 12:20 PM Tara: Are you getting enough sleep? Sep 17 2010, 12:20 PM Tara: Do you really know what time you fall asleep at night? Sep 17 2010, 12:21 PM Tara: Rotating between different alarms clocks could also be helpful. Sep 17 2010, 12:21 PM Guest767 (guest): Extremely frustrating to get my husband's attention when speaking to him. His eyes wander. No matter how important the subject is, he will forget the conversation ever took place therefore I have to repeat myself several times. He gets very angry if I ask for his complete attention even when it's a serious matter. HELP! Sep 17 2010, 12:22 PM Tara: Maybe schedule meeting times each day instead of trying to get his attention when his mind is somewhere else.
  6. 6. Sep 17 2010, 12:22 PM Tara: Maybe sure HE agrees to the meeting though. Sep 17 2010, 12:22 PM Tara: Or instead of asking him something - Ask him if you can talk to him about it 10 minutes or so. Sep 17 2010, 12:23 PM Tara: Transition time is essential for people with ADD / ADHD. Sep 17 2010, 12:23 PM Tara: Also take a listen to ADHD and Marriage Q & A under events. Sep 17 2010, 12:24 PM Sep 17 2010, 12:26 PM Lori-SouthAfrica (guest): I am a coach, unable to self-coach in one area. I have to do a set of steps to achieve an outcome of completed project, but hit a brick wall. Reason is I do not know what to do next and no one to ask. I need to go through the material again, and figure it out, and am bright and will work it out. But I do nothing. I think about it, dream about it, do nothing about it. Any suggestions to put a red hot poker under my but? Sep 17 2010, 12:27 PM Tara: Maybe there are some decisions that you still need to make before moving forward. Sep 17 2010, 12:27 PM Tara: Quite often what seems like simple discussion can often stop us in our tracks if they haven't been made yet. Sep 17 2010, 12:28 PM Tara: Your ADD / ADHD Coach should be able to support with this. Sep 17 2010, 12:29 PM Tara: Breaking things don into smaller chunks is also strategy that is helpful for many adult with ADD / ADHD.
  7. 7. Sep 17 2010, 12:29 PM Tara: I want to thank you all for attending and submitting your questions. Sep 17 2010, 12:30 PM Tara: Be sure to check out the Exhibit Booths and Resources Table too! Sep 17 2010, 12:30 PM Tara: Have a great afternoon! Learn more about Tara McGillicuddy at: Our Sponsor