• Jan 25 / 2017
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Why I Got My IQ Tested (And You Should Too)

My first experience getting diagnosed with a “brain thing” was similar to what most people experience. I went to a psychiatrist and told him I was having trouble focusing. He said, “You have ADHD,” and gave me some drugs.

Problem solved! Not really.

Medication can be a great initial solution to problems focusing and other brain-related challenges. It’s the most accessible solution for most. It can have significant, fast results. I recommend everyone try it first. But I also recommend starting to learn more about your own brain right away and looking for other long-term solutions. Get your brain tested, and I guarantee you it will be the first step of a very interesting journey.
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  • May 23 / 2016
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Alternatives to Medication, Strategies

Presenting at QCon New York, This June 2016!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be speaking at QCon New York, a pretty kickass software conference this June.

The title of the talk I’ll be giving is ADHD & Technology: Brain Hacks and Upgrades. It will share some content from a blog post I wrote recently with a similar name, and a whole lot more. I’ll talk about some brain development methods I’ve tried, including some I haven’t written about yet. And I’ll mention some phenomenal results I’ve had with them lately.

Below is a snippet of what I’ll be talking about. Check out the event page as well (make sure you scroll down). Continue Reading

  • Dec 14 / 2015
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Alternatives to Medication, Strategies

Changing Your Brain is Tough (But Possible)

If you just got diagnosed with ADHD, learning disabilities or something similar, it’s a bit of a heavy cross to bear at first. You know you’re different; but you feel like you’re “less” than other people, which is not only bad but it’s completely false.

For me getting my first diagnosis was actually a weight off my chest initially. I had thought I was stupid for most of my life. When I found out I had a real condition, I felt smarter and more confident immediately. I had struggled and made my way pretty far in life with a serious handicap others didn’t have. I was beating the odds. Hell yeah! Continue Reading

  • Oct 30 / 2015
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Illustration of a programmer with ADHD and his many thoughts
Apps, Strategies

Programmers with ADHD – 10 Productivity Tips

I’ve met a fair amount of programmers with ADHD over the years. A lot of them were fairly successful in their chosen career, but they all had some combination of the same issues all people with attention deficits face – distractibility, trouble focusing, disorganization and so on.

The successful ones I’ve met have had good ways of working around their challenges. Strategies, specific apps, and systems that make up for these problems and allow them to get their job done better. Below I’ve put together a bunch that have helped me a TON over the years. Check’em out. Continue Reading

  • Jan 12 / 2015
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How to be successful in spite of your ADHD / learning disability

Despite having ADHD, a learning disability, and a sleep disorder, I’ve maintained a healthy 15-year-long career as a professional web developer. Knock on wood.

In fact, I didn’t even know that I had ADHD or the learning disability until the age of 30. I sensed that something was different about me, and that I struggled in a way people didn’t. And I developed a lot of strategies for dealing with my differences – long before I knew what they were.

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  • Oct 12 / 2011
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Alternatives to Medication, Strategies

Vipassana Meditation and ADHD (or, How I Felt After 10 Days of Silence)

Soon after I was formally diagnosed with attention deficit disorder several years back, I became vigilant in finding natural alternatives for treating ADHD. Vipassana Meditation is what I’d say to be one of the most effective approaches that I’ve personally tried.

For those who haven’t heard of it, Vipassana is a type of meditation that is related to mindfulness meditation. The technique is in effect a step-by-step guide on how to pay attention. Continue Reading

  • Jul 09 / 2010
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Impulse Spending

As a professional web developer, I work for big firms and make decent money. I have healthcare, I own a home. I’m far from rich but I’m doing ok for someone that occasionally gets on the subway going in the wrong direction.

Still, no one at an income level likes to throw money away. And the ADHD impulsivity makes all of us want to kick ourselves now and then. It seems like once a month I’ll look at my credit card bill and ask myself, “I spent how much money? On that??Continue Reading