ADHD

The difference between ADHD and laziness

Many people struggle to understand what it feels like to have ADHD, and they often assume we’re just lazy. Many people who have ADHD ask themselves if they aren’t just lazy, after being accused of it all their lives. But there is an important difference. Kate and Sarah just started working at a clothes store. Their job is to fold…

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ADHD

What does it feel like to have ADHD?

For most people, the idea of struggling with focusing on something you really want to do is baffling, particularly if you don’t have ADHD or any other similar mental health issue. Imagine the following scenario: You love your job and are good at it. But one day, a loved one is in the hospital, yet you still have to go…

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Anxiety, Mindfulness, Psychology

The 4 stages of emotion

Our brains have a tendency to cling on to an emotion and amplify it. Observing my own mind, I found that there are 4 stages to any emotion. Psychologists call it the “emotional feedback loop”, although it’s not formally described in these stages. Let’s go through them, taking anxiety and excitement as examples: Stage 1: Physiological response Something out of…

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Meditation, Mindfulness

The purpose of mindfulness and meditation

Many people, like me, begin their mindfulness journey to reduce stress/anxiety, or to focus better. They start with breath meditation, and whenever they get an intrusive thought during it, they think “damnit, I failed again”. What I recently realized is that the purpose of meditation is NOT to focus on the breath, but to see what thoughts pop into your…

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Meta

Why make a blog – goals and hopes for this blog

After getting diagnosed, I was starved for information, getting to understand myself better. It was an overwhelming experience. Having to read lengthy books, when their essence could be summed up in a few paragraphs. Sometimes, the way an idea was presented to me in various blog or forum posts just didn’t click, and it took me a long while to…

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