ADHD is the same in Canada as anywhere else. We self-medicate until, and sometimes long after, we are diagnosed. If your stimulant of choice is alcohol and you like to drive, you’ve got problems.
In Canada, peace officers (police personnel) are allowed to stop and search a vehicle, and question the driver, if they have reasonable cause. This is part of a trade off we make to be able to drive on streets reasonably free of drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol. View full article »
6:40 A.M. – My alarm clock goes off, another weekday morning. I jump out of bed, grab a fresh coffee from the Kitchen and, cup in hand, head off to my office to fire up my computer. “I’m going to get a jump on my writing today …” I tell myself, “just as soon as I check my email.”, “… and facebook.”, “…and twitter.”, “… and my analytic’s stats.” View full article »
Many of us self-medicate, we find things that stimulate our minds, things that cause that chemical excitement that makes us able to focus. This is my story:
At the age of twelve, I found alcohol. View full article »
Wholly Tao Batman!
I’ve always thought that a holistic approach to health had a lot to offer. The idea that the body, in its entirety, should have a say in its own treatment is an amazing concept. If we accept this concept then we must consider the body’s cravings as part of that information, as having some validity. View full article »
“I like coffee, I like tea,
I like the Java Jive and it likes me …”
A familiar tune, if you live in my head, and with good reason. Caffeine is a stimulant, and I need stimulation - well, okay, I don’t need traditional stimulation, I’m up to speed and beyond inside my head. But it turns out that substances referred to as stimulants actually cause a focusing effect. And I need focus! As mentioned earlier in this blog, I have ADHD. View full article »
Those of you who know me well know that I don’t particularly like to go shopping. Once there and resigned to the task I usually engage and become amenable, even participatory, but I don’t look forward to it. View full article »
A step in the right direction.
I’ve been walking for my health off and on for a few years now and I have to say, it’s not as boring as I thought it would be. I mean, if you’ve read my post on driving, you already know I’m never alone (at least not in my head). Add to this the MP3 player, the GPS unit, my camera and voice recorder and my note pad and pen, it’s really a wonder I get any walking done. View full article »
More grey matter on a motorcycle …
Rolling down the road on my Honda is one of my favourite pastimes. The bike is old but runs well, a testament to Japanese technology, good maintenance and low mileage. I’ve aged a year for every year the bike has aged but I can’t say that I still run well (although my doctor is of Japanese descent). I’ve gained experience though and I’ve come to this conclusion – “Ageing sucks!” View full article »
A bottle in front of me or a frontal labotomy?
I bumped into someone yesterday, who was telling me about a mutual acquaintance who has been sober for a year and counting. I don’t remember the specifics and I wouldn’t repeat them here, but the phrase “keeping my fingers crossed” may have come up.
During the course of the conversation it became apparent that the person I was talking to didn’t realize that I am an alcoholic(am, not was). View full article »