The Concerta Diaries

Dang, my writing has exploded since I started taking medication. I can’t tell if it’s causal in an energy way or if it’s coinciding with me having the focus to write more.  I feel like this phenomenon was embedded in the blog culture back in the day as well, Ambien and Adderall-driven, hyper-detailed logs of one’s day. Then maybe everybody got really embarrassed. I remember I used to re-read my diaries when I was younger and I’d shred them, wanting to erase this younger self. A few years ago a friend of mine I was visiting at her home, also…

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One Point Away From Gifted

Being on the other side of the evaluation was new for me. As a speech language pathologist, I had administered standardized tests hundreds of times, to children and adults. My primary feeling really was curiosity about the evaluation for ADHD, not just about the diagnosis but also in terms of how it would feel to be on the other side, the non-expert? Here’s how it felt. When it wasn’t boring or mildly interesting, it was stressful. So, basically like I imagined. It was a three-hour process, tests administered by a neuropsychologist, and the results would be available immediately after the…

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I’m Uncomfortable With the Way Your Diagnosis Makes Me Feel

Diagnoses are interesting, aren’t they? Oxford Dictionary defines diagnosis as the identification of the nature of an illness or other problem by examination of the symptoms. Its origin is Greek, from diagignōskein (meaning to distinguish or discern), based on the words dia (apart) and gignōskein or, to recognize, know. To me, that sounds like a good thing. To know something and recognize it, to distinguish or discern. Diagnoses are not always accurate, and can even be controversial, but ultimately it is just an examination of symptoms and an identification of what they mean. So, what about a diagnosis for ADHD? What…

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Remember When We All Used to Blog?

I really love emails as a communication form. Or should I say loved? I used to write long emails to my friends, and they’d write long emails to me. They were frequent, well-written, and tended to revolve around some kind of theme. Humor writing. Creativity. Losing things. Dreams. Maybe I’m misremembering but we didn’t link to things too often back then, even ten years ago. Now sometimes I’ll get an email that’s just a link, other than the subject line, which is very to the point. Subject lines used to be something I put a lot of thought into as…

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