The Back Story
I got diagnosed with ADD in 1993, when I was 10 years old. I spent the next 8 years on various medications with wide-ranging side effects, the following 7 avoiding pharmaceuticals (and my disorder) like the plague, and the most recent few finding a balance between chemical and behavioral modifications. Thanks to modern science, which unearthed a plethora of information about the exact nature of AD/HD in the first few years of this century, I have an asset now that I didn’t as a kid: understanding.
I’ve spent the past two years actively creating the structures and supports that my brain does not naturally possess or produce. As a result, I have progressively increasing, sustainable life-management practices, and progressively decreasing stress levels; I’ve made some order of my disorder.
I began my blogging expedition on the minimalist bandwagon, thinking I might document my process and find something to say that others had not. I was right, but not as I anticipated. I found something new to say – it just wasn’t about minimalism, per se.
As I went about streamlining my life and my thinking, I found that my greatest challenges were not those usually addressed by minimalist blogs – reservations about parting from stuff, limiting beliefs about my potential, fears of dreaming big. I surmounted these with ease thanks to the existing literature (see links). My major issues revolved around certain special needs, which had always affected my life academically, financially, and career-wise. I came to realize that they equally affected my progress toward the goal of a simpler and richer life.
I also found that some of the tools I’d picked up from my ADD journey helped me on what began as a minimalist quest and turned into a life overhaul – and that much of what I learned from the minimalist web gurus applied to my daily struggles with my disorder.
Thus, Executive Dysfunctions was born. Here, I share what I’ve learned with those of you who have AD/HD, other executive function and/or processing disorders, right-brain dominance, or generally more erratic thought processes than the general population.
I hope that my experience may benefit others. Please feel free to send questions or feedback.