ADHD

#ADHD: When the struggle becomes less…struggly.

Anyone with ADHD knows that “the struggle” is always a continuing one, I mean ADHD isn’t curable, and most of us don’t seem to grow out of it. Life will always have its challenges.

But I noticed something new and strange – I’m not even sure when it happened. Must’ve snuck up on me gradually.

Keeping up with housecleaning used to seem so hard. In order to get it done, I had to start very concertedly squaring off a couple of hours every weekday morning, in order to keep things livable. This morning I realized that I hadn’t even been doing that…but the cleaning is getting done anyway. I think that a few factors have played into this seemingly gradual revolution in my home:

1) By initially sectioning off that time, I raised the bar in terms of how clean I expected things to be on a regular basis.

2) I started very concertedly asking the kids to clean up after themselves.

3) I let my husband know that I was finding it overwhelming to take all of this on, and needed more help (he always helps but if his schedule gets busy, I sometimes pick up the slack).

4) My meds. I seem to be taking a really effective combo right now. Nortriptyline, Abilify, Vyvanse. So helpful and so appreciated. Small, but effective doses.

It just feels easier to keep up with these days, and I spend so much less time worrying about it.

So nice.

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2 thoughts on “#ADHD: When the struggle becomes less…struggly.

  1. I’ve experienced this too. There’s a certain point where things get easier for me once if I’ve ingrained a habit. I also think being a meds for me reached a certain optimal point and maintained that for a while. I read that there seemed to be some evidence that the brain actually changes after about 2 years on ADHD meds, and there was a certainly a difference for me about that point.

    I’ve speculated that forming habits or rituals is very critical for ADHD success. We think so much about everything, being able to turn done of that off and just do is vital. That’s what meds did for me–let me turn off some of the thinking. And I think that’s why mindfulness meditation helps us as well. If I think think think I both get distracted and drain my energy, which, for me, is very limited with my Inattentive subtype.

    In any case, yay for your success!

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