About Gillian, who’s writing this stuff

I don’t have ADHD. It’s official. Didn’t quite make it over the borderline though if I’d gone for a diagnosis when I was younger I probably would have got it – at least, that’s my understanding of what I was told. Does that mean that I (or my mum?) couldn’t remember whether I showed any signs of it before the age of 7? It’s a long time ago, after all. There was nothing to be done for me and I was pretty upset about it.

How come I still have the same traits – let’s call them “features” – I had when I read The Book That Changed My Life? The distractibility, the not-quite-getting-started, the hyperfocus on Freecell or Kakuro or the game of the moment, the amazing memory for any and all trivia and non-trivia, the division of time into now (i.e. the next 30 seconds) and the nebulous future, above all the PILES OF PAPER – my geological filing system.

So it has to be lemons into lemonade. Along the way I’ve figured out a few things that seem to have helped a bit and I’m writing this blog, partly to remind myself of what those things are (see “time” and “30 seconds” above), partly to see if they help other people in the same situation, or even people who do officially have a diagnosis of ADHD.

Standard disclaimer: I’m not a medical doctor (I only have a PhD). If you think you have ADHD, then go to a medical doctor, ask to be referred to a psychiatrist who is an expert in ADHD, and find out.

Also, for my day job as a neurofeedback brain trainer I sometimes train people who have a diagnosis of ADHD and I’m training to become an ADD/ADHD coach. This means I read a lot of research literature on ADHD and meet lots of people with ADHD. I hope this informs what I write – but bear it in mind.

Oh, The Book That Changed My Mind was Women with Attention Deficit Disorder by Sari Solden. And I’m Gillian Hayes BTW.

Phew, About page finished. Now for much more fun blog posts!