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Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

ADHD, Borderline Personality Disorder and Relationships

People toss around the term “borderline” a lot, without knowing exactly what it means, so I am going to quote from the DSM-V the definition of Borderline Personality Disorder.

        A pervasive pattern of of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts as indicated by five or more of the following:

        1. Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment

        2. A pattern of unstable and intense relationships characterized by alternating extremes of idealization and devaluation

        3. Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image

        4. Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g. spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating)

        5. Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior

        6. Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood

        7. Chronic feelings of emptiness

        8. Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger

        9. Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms

         Since the term “Borderline” is used so loosely, and is common in discussions of people who have ADHD, particularly females, I thought it would be a good idea to present a clear definition.  While there is some cross-over between people who have ADHD and borderline personality disorder, it is rare in my experience.  People who have ADHD are commonly intense, but rarely borderline.

          Sometimes psychiatric diagnosis is used as a camouflaged way of insulting a person.  This is the case with borderline, often.  When a mental health professional does not like a female patient he will often call her borderline.  When he does not like a male patient, he will often call him a sociopath or an addict or both.

            Of course, in our profession we should aim to understand, not judge.  Used properly, the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder can be a powerful tool in understanding a person and advancing treatment. 

Question:  If you are paired with someone with BPD, what are your best avenues to figuring out what to do to calm the relationship?  Are there particularly good resources?  See a therapist?

Answer:  There’s a good book called: Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder.  And yes, the BPD person REALLY needs to see a therapist for sure.  The best treatment is dialectical behavioral therapy.  And a couple therapist for sure.  It’s workable, and can make for a very intense, exciting relationship, but can also prove disastrous without the right help.

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

ADD / ADHD Brain vs Neurotypical Brain

Dr. Hallowell responds to a DISTRACTION listener who asks about how neurotypical brains, or “normal brains” get engaged with an idea, versus those with neurodiverse brains, like people with ADHD.

LISTEN HERE to Dr. Hallowell explain how different brains get engaged in S3 E9 mini.

Do you want more information about the ADHD brain? CLICK HERE to read Dr. Hallowell’s blog post: “My turbo ADHD brain.”

Monday, November 12th, 2018

ADD / ADHD and Productivity

It was my pleasure to welcome Kristin Seymour back to Distraction. Kristin knows firsthand how tough it is to be productive when you have ADHD. Not only does she have ADHD, but Kristin is the mom of two ADHD teens, and she’s also an ADHD specialist. In S3 Ep 9, she shares more of her “life hacks” along with some special advice for parents of ADHD kids.

LISTEN NOW to Kristin’s sage advice on how to achieve productivity in the midst of chaos.

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Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Erasing Stigma of ADD /ADHD, Dyslexia, Depression, etc.

KUOW interviewed Dr. Hallowell and Lesley Todaro, Hallowell Todaro Center, about erasing the stigma around the word “crazy,” the relationship between ADHD and creativity, and talking to kids about ADHD.

“Most people who have exceptional talent have one or another of the conditions we diagnosis, whether it’s anxiety disorder, ADHD, dyslexia, major depression, substance abuse,” says Hallowell. “It’s rare to find someone who has major talent who doesn’t wrestle with one or another of those conditions.”

CLICK HERE to read more and listen to KUOW’s interview on “Why Ned Hallowell wants to celebrate craziness.

 

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Celebrating Your ADD / ADHD Differences

If you miss ADDitude’s online webinar “From Shame and Stigma to Pride and Truth: It’s Time to Celebrate ADHD Differences,” with  ADD / ADHD experts Dr. Hallowell and Dr. Dodson, no worries. Thanks to ADDitude, you can LISTEN HERE and learn how to celebrate your ADHD.

Testimonials: 

“This was one of the best presentations on ADHD that I have ever heard. I especially appreciate your comments about someone with ADHD and LD being hardwired that way.”

“Thank you for the webinar. I’m an adult with adhd. Listening to this webinar had me in crocodile tears and a large lump in my throat to listen to the doctors describing exactly how difficult and challenging life is with add. I am 49 years old and i have not ran into anyone in my life who truly understands me. I guess it’s comforting to know I’m not alone. I liked Dr. Hallowell’s advise on describing and explaining your add with positives attributes. The struggle is real. –Thank you again”

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Busting ADD Myth #10 – ADHD is caused by bad parenting

Busting Myth #10 – ADD / ADHD is caused by bad parenting, too much electronics, pollution, or environmental stress.

FACT: While the FACTors listed above can make ADHD worse–or life in general worse–they do not cause the condition.  In most cases, one inherits a genetic predisposition to ADHD which the environment then draws out, or does not, depending, of course, on the environment.  As the growing field of epigenetics is proving, there is a life-determining interaction between a person’s genetic endowment and the environment in which he or she lives

If you know a child or adult with ADHD or are suffering from low self-esteem as a result of your ADHD, I invite you to sign up for this FREE online ADDitude webinar on October 31 at 1:00 PM ET: From Shame and Stigma to Pride and Truth: It’s Time to Celebrate ADHD Differences.

Even if you can’t attend at 1:00pm, if you sign up, you’ll receive a link to listen at your convenience  Learn more and register HERE!

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If you want to learn more about parenting your ADHD child, read “Loving Your Child in the Face of Opposition.”

           

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