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Square peg meet square(ish) hole - ADD/ADHD edition

My family has ADD (primarily inattentive), we are pretty successful/functional considering, but it feels like a pretty constant struggle. We function by trying to force ourselves into a mold that doesn't fit. [more inside]
posted by The Shoodoonoof on May 12, 2016 - 20 answers

A Guide to Focused-Attention/Concentrative/Concentration Meditation?

I am looking for a guide to focused-attention, aka concentrative, aka concentration, meditation. This guide should be practical with no mumbo-jumbo, and this guide should be effective and efficient. I don't trust any random person on the internet, I want someone who is a researcher and has fine-tuned their system over the years (like Jon Kabat-Zin except for FA meditation). [more inside]
posted by TheOptimizer on Dec 26, 2015 - 5 answers

How do I ADHD

So it seems I have ADHD. 1. Yay, this explains so much! 2. Oh geez, what do I do now? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jun 2, 2015 - 16 answers

How do I develop my sense of time awareness?

Help a grad student with a very skewed perception of time! How do you train yourself to become more aware of time passing? What mechanisms/tricks have you used successfully to become more timely? [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Apr 19, 2015 - 16 answers

How can I stop repeating certain behavioral patterns?

"We've had this conversation before. I don't want to have it again." I'm finding myself on the receiving end of this line way too often, from both my spouse and my employer. The problem is, I keep repeating bad patterns like forgetting to turn off the light as I leave the room at home, or not managing my project time effectively at work. I'm aware of the problems and I know how to fix them... I just don't think to, in the moment. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Apr 16, 2015 - 32 answers

Why does our 9 month old love the Gangam Style music video?

Psy just blows it out of the park with the really young female crowd apparently, or is it a selection bias of sorts? You know what I'm sayin'! [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Dec 2, 2014 - 27 answers

Dating someone who has AD/HD and narcolepsy - how do I cope?

I just found out that my boyfriend, who has narcolepsy, also has AD/HD. Many of our problems make so much sense now, and I'm kind of at a crossroads. Do I have what it takes to lead a happy relationship with this very, very dear person? Will I get used to the sacrifices and compromises I have to make? [more inside]
posted by doctordrey on Aug 13, 2014 - 20 answers

How can I get started quantifying and tracking my time and goals?

I want to take control of my time, writing output, attention and procrastination, bedtime, exercise, and diet. What tools should I use to track what I eat, how I spend my time, what I spend money on, when I exercise, when I go to sleep and wake up, and how many words I write per day. [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Jul 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Nashville/Murfreesboro psychiatrists for adults with ADD

Looking for a psychiatrist (or NP or whoever) who specializes, or frankly is willing to, evaluate adults for ADD and treat. I'm at my wits end, sucking at my job and life, and am willing to drive almost anywhere in Middle TN. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2014 - 2 answers

How to have hobbies and toddlers

I used to read. And knit. And screenprint, paint, draw, sew, and garden. Now I have a 1 year old and a 3 year old, and a full-time job. I am looking for suggestions of hobbies I can do at home when I am with they boys that are easily put down and picked back up, and can also be completed with somewhat divided attention. [more inside]
posted by deadcrow on May 28, 2014 - 16 answers

Long term attention span.

I love complicated things. Games, books, writing detailed stories, hobbies like scrapbooking, and so forth. But I forget about whatever project and move on to something else to find 6 months later I will fiddle for two weeks and then promptly forget about it again. ARG. [more inside]
posted by AlexiaSky on May 24, 2014 - 8 answers

How do you dance like nobody's watching?

Been checking out Pharrell's 24 Hours of Happy and some of the people don't seem to care what they look like and totally go with it and have fun. Others are decidedly apprehensive. I would probably not even volunteer to do this sort of thing myself. For those of you who can dance like nobody's watching, or do or say something funny that might grab the attention of the room, or sing karaoke at a bar, etc, I am curious to know what goes on in your head before, during, or after you "perform." Other ways to phrase this question: What makes you a ham? Do you think about what you are doing or going to do, or just go with it? Why don't you get embarrassed when you do something fun and crazy? Or do you? What is the payoff for you? Were you born this way or did you learn it somehow?
posted by thorny on Nov 27, 2013 - 39 answers

How do I learn to enjoy talking about myself more?

A while ago, I joined Meta specifically to ask this question. Well, I am happy to announce I am another AskMeta success story! Following a large amount of advice I received, I was more specific about my wants and needs and to cut a very long story short, my boyfriend proposed on my birthday a couple of weeks ago! I'm thrilled! The boy did good. He agreed he needed a kick up the bum and I really owe that to you guys! This brings me to my question, I am extraordinarily uncomfortable talking about myself for extended periods of time and being the centre of attention. [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Nov 15, 2013 - 15 answers

How do I retrain my brain?

After some serious medical issues, a high pressure job where the standard operating procedure is react react react, and throwing over just about all my book reading time for the internet, I am finding that my ability to settle in and think about one topic at a time is totally shot. I am not okay with this. Have you ever experienced this, and if so, what techniques did you use to regain your ability to sink into deep focus? [more inside]
posted by deliciae on Aug 3, 2013 - 20 answers

Resources for learning to learn more effectively?

I'm looking for resources for evidence-based processes, tips, hacks, improvements, ideas, etc., for learning more effectively. [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Jun 23, 2013 - 11 answers

Compounding Life Disasters

I think my friend tried to fondle me in my sleep. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2013 - 50 answers

Do I need to be medicated or am I just a lazyass?

Should I maybe get evaluated for ADD or ADHD? [more inside]
posted by hegemone on Oct 22, 2012 - 14 answers

Is my boyfriend entitled or am I being a jerk?

My boyfriend of 6 months is great in many ways: kind, supportive, funny, etc. But (of course) there's one thing about him that's been bugging me, and I can't tell if I'm being unreasonable or not. The best way I can come up with to describe it is that he seems to feel... entitled. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2012 - 42 answers

It's so nice to meet...where was I again?

How can I learn to stay focused while talking (and listening) on the phone, particularly in professional contexts? [more inside]
posted by brackish.line on Mar 28, 2012 - 6 answers

I need a manual override for my brain.

ADHD sufferers and busy types in general: how do you handle the mental transitioning between different projects, or areas of your life? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Feb 3, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I motivate myself to work?

How can I motivate myself to work? What did you do to help kick yourself in the posterior and get going? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2012 - 12 answers

How to stop getting schooled by school?

How can I stop being so freaking miserable in school? I hate school so much, and I have no idea how to stop being so depressed about it all the time. [more inside]
posted by sizzil34 on Jan 30, 2012 - 38 answers

Cognitive Surplu$

Is time spent watching TV correlated with income? [more inside]
posted by JayCruz on Jan 14, 2012 - 12 answers

ADHD hacks

What is the single thing, aside from medication, that has helped you most with your ADHD/chronic disorganization? [more inside]
posted by granted on Oct 16, 2011 - 27 answers

Bored at the gym: how to keep my head in the game?

I want to go to the gym, but the gym is so boring. Reading books/listening to music/watching TV during compatible exercises (i.e. no books with free weights) doesn't seem to help. How can I keep myself stimulated so that I can get through more than 30 minutes of working out? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Sep 19, 2011 - 30 answers

Do professionals have a way of measuring attention span?

Do professional psychologists have a way to quantitatively measure the attention span of humans? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Sep 17, 2011 - 12 answers

In love and less... interesting?

I feel I'm less interesting when I like someone... is this normal? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Aug 10, 2011 - 19 answers

How can I stay focused while working?

What're your best tips for keeping on task and staying focused? [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Jul 31, 2011 - 16 answers

focusing through trauma

I had something traumatic happen a little over a week ago. I need my brain back. When do I start to worry and what do I do? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti on May 1, 2011 - 17 answers

I wish coffee would last forever

I only ever feel right when I have caffeine - properly focused and able to function. This is a lifetime thing not temporary withdrawal. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Mar 28, 2011 - 23 answers

Hacks for managing multiple research projects?

What are your tips and tricks for sustaining momentum and focus during longer-term research and writing projects? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Nov 13, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me make good decisions about my 10 year old son

I need help to decide what to do next with my 10 year old son. He's the sweetest most charming kid you've ever met, but he has language processing and attention issues (much more inside), and I feel like we're at a pivotal point. But I don't know what the next step should be or even what my options are. [more inside]
posted by BaxterG4 on Oct 30, 2010 - 20 answers

Drastically reducing your Internet usage. Did it work for you?

Drastically reducing your Internet usage. Did it work for you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2010 - 20 answers

Help me choose my thesis topic, which exists somewhere in the confluence of techno-sociology, media studies, developmental psychology, and the study of attention.

Help me choose my thesis topic, which exists somewhere in the confluence of techno-sociology, media studies, developmental psychology, and the study of attention. [more inside]
posted by Roach on Sep 30, 2010 - 5 answers

IQ, Working Memory, and ADHD

I'm looking for information on the differences in distribution of IQ and working memory test scores between those diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and the general population. Ideally, I'd like to see histograms for each group.
posted by elektrotechnicus on Jul 1, 2010 - 2 answers

ADHD without medication?

Uninsured, unemployed and in the middle of nowhere without transportation means that for the moment, I can't just go get screening and medication. What non-medical means can I use to deal with adult ADHD long enough to get employment/insurance and proper treatment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2010 - 20 answers

How to manage my time management system?

I'm starting to exercise some control over my time. Help me make this work. [more inside]
posted by parudox on Mar 13, 2010 - 6 answers

I'm unavailable and not really interested in snogging you...but please think I'm brilliant and awesome and hot!

Why am I addicted to male attention? And how do I stop? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Mar 1, 2010 - 29 answers

When and why do sailors stand at attention around a ship's edges?

Can you explain that thing where sailors wear their dress uniforms and line a warship's decks as it comes in or out of port? Is it dangerous? Does anyone ever fall in? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish on Jan 8, 2010 - 10 answers

clingy women rule?

Is it possible to persuade my new girlfriend to be more clingy? Yeah, I know, strange... [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Dec 2, 2009 - 25 answers

Looking for attention in all the wrong places

Why would a woman be jealous of the attention her girlfriends receive from their significant others? There is an answer, but the issue has formed a pattern in my life that I fear is getting out of control! I would appreciate anyone who could take the time to help me out by reading more...:) [more inside]
posted by dentro on Nov 30, 2009 - 18 answers

dealing with unwanted attention

I tried to do someone a favor, it backfired and now I cannot get rid of them. How can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2009 - 17 answers

sexual harassment and unwanted attention abroad

How can I, a young woman in a foreign country, stop men on the street from harassing me, or from paying me so much attention? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jul 25, 2009 - 42 answers

How can I tell if I really want to date somebody, or I just want their attention?

How can I tell if I really want to date somebody, or I just want their attention? [i apologize for rambling, inside] [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2009 - 14 answers

My mind wanders too much. What's worked for you to make it stop?

My mind wanders too much. What's worked for you to make it stop? [more inside]
posted by jabronimus on Jun 3, 2009 - 23 answers

How long is the average attention span?

What is considered a reasonable amount of time to be able to concentrate on one task? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Feb 28, 2009 - 8 answers

The interweb killed my attention span.

I have the attention span of a gnat. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Feb 28, 2009 - 20 answers

Is my vegan diet causing memory and focus problems?

My diet is almost totally vegan. I can no longer think straight and my memory is getting worse all the time. I'm struggling to regain mental clarity and control. I'm not willing to give up veganism. But I need solutions. [more inside]
posted by davathar on Nov 23, 2008 - 63 answers

Energy Follows Attention?

Is there anything in western psychology shedding light on the martial arts truism that energy follows attention? [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim on Nov 17, 2008 - 16 answers

What you don't know may KILL you.

How is paying attention to detail an extremely important skill in the military? I know "why", not doing so can get you or somone else killed, but I don't know "what" people are referring to. [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Oct 23, 2008 - 20 answers

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