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.




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