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July 21, 2008


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I found your blog through BMW. Nice work! I don't know much about ADD at all, and I love how you've captured its complexity and nuance through your well-written, honest posts. Nice work!

I can certainly relate to the schedule thing. I schedule myself to the point of exhaustion many weeks. Only after catching up on rest do I realize this is a choice I make, not a compulsion. Not sure what to call that...workaholism perhaps?


I just realized I wrote nice work! twice. Ugh. Friday morning ;).

Kathleen Christensen

Thanks for your comments, Drea! I really appreciate what you said about capturing ADD's complexity and nuance. So many people think ADD is just about problems sitting still and paying attention.

If you're interested in reading more about the overscheduling thing, the CrazyBusy book is not just for people with ADD. I've still only perused it, but looks like it addresses that issue in creative, insightful ways.

And, hey, I'll take every "nice work" I can get! Thanks!

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