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…
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…
Brain Hacks vs. Brain Upgrades (Compensation vs. Correction)
As you may already know, I’ve invested a lot of time, money and energy trying to overcome the challenges associated with my brain’s learning deficits. I’ve found that the various methods out there fall into two categories: things that change the brain, and things that…
Working Out My Brain With Mozart
5 days a week, I hole up in a hidden corner at the local Crunch gym. For just over an hour, I hop on a bosu ball and bounce a tennis ball around while listening to mozart and wearing vibrating headphones. Weird? Probably. Effective? Possibly….
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….
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….
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…
Sleep Hacks for ADHD People
Over the years I’ve spent a significant amount of time trying various things to improve my brain and body – including techniques to improve my memory, calm my nervous system and relax my posture. I was surprised to learn, though, that without a good sleep foundation, a…
Thoughts on Being an ADHD Computer Programmer
I recently answered a question on Quora about having Attention Deficit Disorder while being a computer science student. There are parts I’ve written about already to help other programmers with ADHD, and a ton more. Check it out.
Alternatives to Medication for ADHD and LD People
Drugs like Adderall, Ritalin and Strattera can be very effective at treating ADHD, but we always want options. Here is a list of some alternative ways to improve your ADHD that you may not have known about. I’ve tried almost all of them.