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singerchick
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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 8/27/2005 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a Mother who is bipolar, so I havd been wondering if it has effected me. about 2 years ago, I was diagnosed with chronic depression and high anxiety, and I think I am ADHD as well. I have read lots of information on Adult ADHD, and much of it applies to me. The problems I'm having are organization and forgetfulness. I just can't seem to keep my apartment clean. It never stays clean longer than a few days, and when it is a mess, I have trouble cleaning. I am usually overwhelmed by the mess and can't figure out where to start, or I start on something and get distracted. Then I end up moving from one thing to the next with out finishing anything. A few weeks ago, I started my first full-time teaching job. Its going well, but I keep forgeting to do things. I haven't turned in any lesson plans yet because I just keep making them up in my head, usually just before or during class. They're great lessons, but I just have a problem planning them in advance. Our grades and homework is supposed to be posted on line, but I keep forgeting about it. I completely forget about the things I'm supposed to do, and whenever I'm reminded, its like "Oh, yea. I still need to do that." But then I forget to do it again. I always remember things when I have no way of doing them right then, and if I write it down, I end up losing it. I really need help because I don't want to lose this job. Please let me know if anyone has suggestions.

Arenace
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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 249
   Posted 8/27/2005 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay, first things first. Get a date book that you carry with you all all all the time and write down the things you have to do. Write it down in black ink on the day you should do it. Write it down in pink in on the day you must do it. And write it down in red ink on the oh s*** day. You'll learn not to get to the oh s*** day. Or at least I did. Caused way to many headaches when it was all write there in front of me. On each of those days that you have it written down have space where you can write down notes for the project. Just little ideas that come to you, little things that will make that final day actually go a little easier. For the things you have to post online make yourself a template. I'm sure the school already has one, but I'm talking about for your own personal use. Fill it out as you get a minute, again, jotting notes in the date book here and there will make it easier. Just a few words as ideas come to you.
Here is the best way to clean a house I have found when it has gone all topsy turvy. The first thing you do is remember that the world is not going to fall apart because your house is dirty. So calm down. If so I have put a stop to the world turning so many times everyone is getting whiplash!! Okay. Put everything in the room it belongs in. Don't put it away yet, just put it in the room it belongs in. Now, if you have a dishwasher, set your dishes washing. If not, start with the cleanest room. That will give you a sense of accomplishment when it is done. Then move on to the next cleanest and so forth. If you really really have trouble following through though you might want to start with the kitchen and move on to the bathroom. If something as general as cleaning the bedroom keeps you from focusing, make a list like make the bed, hang up clothes, put shoes in closet, vacuum floor, I know it sounds mundane, but it will help. Post a list like that in each room and viola, no more thinking about it. You know exactly what you need to do in each room, no having to concentrate, it's all right there for you.

I hope this helps you.
Bipolar brings new meaning to the "Little Ups And Downs Of Life!!"
 
Sandra


 

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