You’re always winning

A few months ago, it occurred to me that we experience small wins every day. We also experience missteps, mistakes and gaffes (or what we perceive to be) every day. We either quickly recover from those, or we obsess over them. It’s our choice.

Here’s some insight: The brain intended…


It’s easy to forget that you have work to do when all is well

Depression is an awful, useful scourge.

Depression is awful. There is no disputing that.

A new perspective of depression recently occurred to me during one of my low days. I decided that while depression is uncomfortable and often quite intense, it is useful to me.

Depression reminds me I’m carrying around a lot of junk in…


I recently had an “a-ha” moment.

As an ADHD mentor with ADHD myself, I’m continuously learning about the condition. I’m aware that ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) share symptoms.

I recently heard an example that stopped me in my tracks, literally. I was listening to a podcast while out…


Do I have ADHD?

I answer a lot of questions about ADHD in online forums. Questions are often variations of “I [have symptom]. Does that mean I have ADHD?”

The answer: I don’t know. Maybe, maybe not.

ADHD Stranger danger

When I answer, I note that it’s dangerous for strangers on the internet to diagnose or prescribe…


Here's another perspective: You never know what will resonate with people. I have found - and others have agreed with me - that sometimes the blog posts and social media that I feel most connected to don't catch on; yet a casual remark Ior a piece of writing that I think is mediocre, gets traction.


Those moments that haunt people with ADHD for years

I was in grade 7 shop class. The teacher was explaining how to make a spice rack. I tuned out, likely daydreaming. I didn’t hear anything he said. When Mr. “What’s His Name” was done instructing, I had no idea what I was supposed to do or how to start…


When I was 20, someone close to me had a fatal accident. In wishing me condolences, several people told me, “I know how you feel,” shared, “I know how you feel, I [insert example of loss from their life]” or, blathered my (not) favourite, “I know exactly how you feel.”


Oh, ADHD and emotions.

Do you find yourself in full meltdown mode when emotions are released?

Do you show your emotions easily? Do people perceive you as aloof when really, you feel deeply?

Are your emotions easily triggered?

You are not alone. According to Psychology Today, about 70% of adults…


You’re an adult with ADHD. Are you ready for an ADHD Thanksgiving?

Do you find holidays such as Thanksgiving overwhelming?

In Canada, we celebrated Thanksgiving last month, but Americans are getting into the holiday season. It will look different this year because of Covid. This post is written as if…


This question was asked in an online group. One thing that fascinates me about questions and answers in online forums is that there are so many unique perspectives.

I liked this question because I’d never heard it before, and it was an interesting correlation to think about. It was a…

Andrea Toole

Digital Marketing Manager | Freelance Writer | ADHD Coach for adults | Available for hire. http://andreawrites.ca.

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