Five Frank Tips that Helped Me Manage My Depression
Managing your depression doesn’t mean it goes away. Sometimes life will come at you just fast enough to throw you off your game. Here are five tips that helped me get my depression back in control.As I write this, I am depressed. I shouldn ’t be. There’s so much going right in my life right now, but the feeling of thatbleak fist of hopelessness around my heart is fairly tight. I am finishing up what is arguably the most productive summer I ’ve had in years, yet I feel like an abysmal failure. This summer I have mountains of paperwork and completed applications to prove my productivity. Logic stammer...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - September 6, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Goodreads Source Type: blogs

You Can Do It! Defeating Mental Health Issues with Your Own Voice
You’ve heard thatyou are your best advocate, but are you giving yourself pep talks? Maybe you should be.For years, I have been an advocate for talking out loud to oneself as a way to organize one’s mind. I’ve casually blogged about it (as can be readhere), and there was one time I gave a tutorial of sorts on the subject over on healthyplace.com.[1] However, I have also been known to give myself advice as well as a pep talk, both here and in person, as a coping strategy for dealing withmy depression. I have found talking to myself to be an effective coping strategy forADHD&depression, despite people ar...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - August 2, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Goodreads Source Type: blogs

Eight ADHD Tips to Tidy Your Tabs & Bookmarks
This article was based on an older article originally published onMay 20, 2017. ↩ (Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey)
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - June 1, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Source Type: blogs

Healthline's Best Depression Bloggers for 2019
Facebook isn’t always the best curator of excellent content. If you’re looking for people who write about depression, you are going to loveHealthline’s new list.I am honored to be included in Healthline’sBest Depression Blogs of 2019. This is my fourth year to be listed. What a wonderful resource they have put together for you.Many mental health sites have made curated lists of depression bloggers over the years (you can find some of themhere), but Healthline’s is the most consistent year over year. You should bookmark the link. They update it every Spring with their new selections. Read on fo...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - May 3, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Goodreads Hobnobbing Source Type: blogs

Looking Your Best for Depression
If You’re Depressed, Why Bother Getting Up& Ready for the Day?I was recently asked if I had a blog post about why I cared so much about my dress, hair, and appearance despite my depression. What drives me to bother cleaning up when laying in bed while reading news in my PJs is easier to do? Why bother shaving? Why bother showering? Why bother getting up at all?I couldn’t find a specific blog where I addressed this issue, but the pat answer is that my vanity is a super power. Vanity overpowers the darkest, deepest depressions to make sure at least my hair is presentable. Doesn’t that sound superficial?...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - April 18, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Family Goodreads Suicide Source Type: blogs

ADHD: Five Throwaway ToDo Lists that Quickly Organize Your Day
This article was originally published on25 January 2012. ↩ (Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey)
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - March 29, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Source Type: blogs

ADHD: Visual Reminders
The simplest ToDo list is one item long and stays in your face.[1]There is one kind of reminder that I always fall back on when sticky notes, calendar apps, todo lists, and alarms fail. It is the visual reminder, and it is as powerful as it is simple.Perhaps you haven ’t noticed, what with all the forgotten bills, lost paperwork, and unfinished projects no longer on your mind, but one of the mostnotorious downsides of having adult ADHD is being forgetful. I can remind myself to do something every hour of every day and still forget to do it. All I need is a distraction at the wrong moment. That ’s why task lists...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - March 26, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Visualizing Source Type: blogs

ADHD: Wicked Fast Photo ToDo Lists
This article was originally published on29 February 2012. ↩ (Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey)
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - March 1, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Source Type: blogs

Of Awards, eBooks, and Depression
Just a quickie update for you this weekend.I recently received an award fordepression blogging. I even had to send off a headshot. I’ll write more about it when their post goes live, but in the meantime, I realized that I haven’t been blogging about depression much this year. I wanted to let you know why.I’m cured!Nah. Wouldn’t that be great? No such luck for me, however. I still struggle with mild depression daily and occasional heavy bouts when most inconvenient. What really has me distracted is my latest book project. I’ve dug through the past fourteen years of articles and collected the be...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - February 24, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Goodreads Journaling Writing Source Type: blogs

ADHD + Haste = Disaster
WithAdult ADHD, when we are in a hurry, we blunder in glorious ways. If only there was a way to prevent that.I have a quickie tip for you today as I ’m blazing around my life like some earthbound comet.Last month, I was quickly packaging up an item I had sold on eBay. The item was secure. The box was sealed. All it needed was a shipping label.I don ’t sell a lot on eBay, but I’ve got a system I’ve developed over the years. After I pay for the postage online, I both print the label AND save it as a PDF. Redundancy is good for these sorts of things. When I went to fetch the printed label, I discovered...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - February 22, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Source Type: blogs

ADHD – Reminders Right Where You Need Them
This article and others will be featured inmy upcoming ebook on ADHD and ToDo Lists. (Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey)
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - February 1, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Source Type: blogs

ADHD: Open Mouth, Insert Friend
It ’s a good thing my friend isn’t easily offended. Today my ADHD took our conversation on a colorful roadtrip.I will spare you the details, but I made a gaffe today that involved flagpoles, fidget spinners, and ED. If I was headlining in Vegas, I would certainly have outdone myself for sheer, bold, cheeky humor —celebrated by the audience’s raucous laughter—but since I’m some average rando calling a friend on the phone, I got the following:“Am I the only person you have conversations like this with?”“Yes,” I said while laughing. “You are theonly person I ca...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - January 24, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Source Type: blogs

Capitalism as a Coping Strategy, Plus Other Successes
2018 was a good year for me. Thank you all for reading my articles, sharing them with friends, and supporting me over the years. This blog, A Splintered Mind, has beentackling ADHD and depression with attitude and humor online for fourteen years now. It is the longest project, aside from parenthood, of which I have remained consistently engaged.In the past year, I have been spotlighted inEsperanza magazine, had blogs published atADDitudeMag.com, had an article published inADDitude Magazine ’s Fall issue, and was selected to participate in a blogger advisory panel. 2018 was busy, but it all came together in the Fall.T...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - January 11, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Family Goodreads Hobnobbing Journaling Writing Source Type: blogs

ADHD Is Like a Cupcake
If you’re willing to do the work, your ADHD will come out of the oven like a batch of perfect cupcakes?I have to agree with you. Comparing ADHD to cupcakes isn’t the best simile. What could I possibly mean? Am I saying that ADHD is covered in sickly, sweet frosting and helps you put on weight? Coping strategies for ADHD are most efficacious when baked at 325 ºF? ADHD is best dealt with by spreading it thinly with a knife while gently twirling?If only dealing with ADHD was so tasty!Over the past few weeks I have encountered several guys who have ADHD like a sack of spilled marbles, but they don’t trea...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - January 11, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Family Goodreads Source Type: blogs

Dropping a Beat on My Depression Fail Days
Dancing like nobody’s watching is more than a cutesy saying on a dance studio’s wall. Read on to learn how it helped me fight off depression.I ’ve beendown in the dumps lately.My healthy breakfast of a protein shake with a side order of an entire bag ofTostitos Salsa Verde chips was the first clue that things had gone off the rails. And a few days later that package ofHaribo Sour Gold-Bears chased down with a zero calorie,Stevia sweetened soda? Yeah, I’m definitely going to see results with that regimen, right ⸮Yet as Fall became more like Winter, I couldn ’t go out for a walk or a ride on m...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - December 25, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Family Goodreads Source Type: blogs

ADHD: On Time, but Half an Hour Late
Sometimes you can do everything right and still get it all wrong.It seems the only thing I can count on reliably is myADHD tendency to embarrass myself. It’s even more reliable than death and taxes. I make plans. I execute them. Then they execute me.My regular hairstylist is out on maternity leave, so I’ve been seeing a colleague of hers. She does a good job, and I am intensely thankful to get a professional cut on my schedule at the same location. She’s a nice girl and very courteous, too, which makes me want to return the favor by being on time.You can probably guess where this is going.Between ADHD, To...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - December 7, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Goodreads Source Type: blogs

Life Usually Has Other Plans
For the past week, I’ve been stressing out over an upcoming event:my return to the dating pool. I can’t say that my swim went well. First, I paced back and forth on the pool deck, eyeing the water suspiciously. Then I stuck a toe in, but quickly retreated to a safe distance. Wet! It was much too wet. Then I shook myself off, scheduled my swim, awaited my moment, and dressed for the occasion. I even took a selfie to send to my daughters before I took the plunge.In the photo, I ’m so nervous in my bathing suit, I don’t recognize the man looking back at me. There’s something wrong with his face. ...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - November 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Family Goodreads Writing Source Type: blogs

The Best-Laid Schemes
This month, no, my life isn ’t going as planned. It brings to mind a certain poem:❝But, Mousie, thou art no thy-lane,In proving foresight may be vain;The best-laid schemes o ’ mice an’ menGang aft agley,An ’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,For promis ’d joy!~“To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest With the Plough”, Robert Bruns, November 1785I know. It ’s not the most upbeat outlook, and Steinbeck repurposed it better, but life certainly does have a way of uprooting our carefully built nests. In response, I could get frustrated, or I could get creative. I ...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - November 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Goodreads Writing Source Type: blogs

Worry Is a Waste of Imagination
(Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey)
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - October 28, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Goodreads Visualizing Writing Source Type: blogs

What Do I Get out of Blogging about Mental Health?
I was recently contacted by a college student who requested an email interview. I share the answers below because the interviewer asked excellent questions.If you follow my blog, then you’ll already know that I have been diagnosed withClinical Depression (Major Depressive Disorder),Adult ADHD, andChronic Tic Disorder (Tourette’s). What you may not know is what I get out of blogging about my experiences with these conditions. This was the one of the questions the interviewer asked that made me think.Why on earth do I do this?My family resents my writing or is horrified by it. My friends don’t read it. It&r...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - October 27, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Goodreads Journaling Suicide Writing Source Type: blogs

That Time When Ducks Cured My Depression
Sometimes taking care of your own depression can be accomplished by taking care of somebody else.I ’ve been incrediblystressed and depressed lately, so when my 2nd oldest daughter, Cathryn, suggested last month that we celebrate the birthday of my youngest daughter, the Brownie, with a trip into the mountains, I thought it was a fantastic idea. Fresh air up in the clouds sounded like the perfect salve for my soul.My spirits are often lifted by a change of scenery and some exercise. There was only one problem: the Browniehates hiking.With mild cerebral palsy and a learning disability, “simple” hikes become...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - October 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Family Goodreads Visualizing Source Type: blogs

Nothing like ADHD …
❝Nothing like ADHD and a good fight to the death to make time fly.” – Rick Riordan,The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1)  (Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey)
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - September 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Writing Source Type: blogs

Three-Digit Phone Number for Suicide Prevention Signed into Law
A few weeks ago, local Utah politicians (Rep. Chris Stewart and Sen. Orrin Hatch) helped get a suicide prevention bill onto President Trump's desk that he signed into law. It tasks the government with creating a three-digit number that works as a shortcut to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) for suicide and mental health crises, much like 911 for medical emergencies. It also authorizes an investigation into the effectiveness of both the lifeline and the Veteran Crisis Line.If you would like to see changes to either of these services, now is a very good time to contact your congress critters and give...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - September 4, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Goodreads Suicide Source Type: blogs

Helping to Prevent Suicide Only Takes Moments
September isNational Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This means that your social media timelines will suddenly be filled with celebrities sharing the national hotline. The cynic in you may roll your eyes. These celebrities will care very, very deeply in 280 characters; lots of their "show somebody you care" posts will gets thousands of likes and reposts, but where were they on August 31st? Where will they be on October 1st? Chasing a new cause, probably. Mounting their social media steed and charging to the next virtue signal over the hill beyond while shouting, "Don't forget to like and retweet!"Wi...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - September 4, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Family Goodreads Suicide Source Type: blogs

Begins to Hope Again
“But a sanguine temper, though forever expecting more good than occurs, does not always pay for its hopes by any proportionate depression. It soon flies over the present failure, and begins to hope again.” – Jane Austen, Emma ch.18 (Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey)
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - September 4, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Goodreads Writing Source Type: blogs

Shaking Things Up to Fight Depression
*Feeling like the daily grind is getting you down? I felt that way lately, and here’s how I turned things around. *One sign of depression is that you lose interest in things that you used to find engaging. This is different thanan ADHD whiplash pivot into a new pursuit. It’s more like your love for a favorite pastime dies with a weary sigh. I’ve been through that type of phase many times in my life. I gave up reading Science Fiction& Fantasy once. Stopped enjoying anime for many years. Stopped watching favorite TV programs here and there. I even stopped playing the tinwhistle, something I have enjoyed...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - September 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Family Goodreads Journaling Source Type: blogs

Six Steps to Tame Way Too Many Projects
Too tight; too long. With added arch supports, they fit even worse. I bought these Rowley Slims Vans in the 00s because they looked cool, and I thought I ’d get back into skateboarding, but I never bought a skateboard. I couldn’t even wear the shoes more than every once in a while. They hurt my arches because they are a size 11, and I wear a 9½–10. I was too impatient to special order ones that fit me. I was going to start skateboarding with c lown shoes on a skateboard I hadn’t purchased yet. What was I thinking? My life has been filled with false starts like this. Intentions the size of mou...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - August 3, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Family Goodreads Source Type: blogs

Accolades, Attributions & Awards
Over the years I have received various awards for my efforts here, as well as interviews. Unfortunately, I've been blogging longer than some of the sites that featured me! I've updated this page with archive links so you can see what the award pages looked like when the award was issued. This is important because each one of these awards leads to a list of excellent sites and wonderful writers who have their own things to say about ADHD, depression, and mental health. Now you can discover them, and, with luck, access them again.Enjoy!~D ˢ2018Healthline2017Healthline2016Healthline2014Top Ten ADHD Blogs2013☞ ShareCar...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - July 17, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Spinning Source Type: blogs

Dreams Mean My Efforts Are Working, but Do They Have to Be so Weird ‽
One of the nice upsides tofixing my insomnia is that I’m suddenly dreaming again. I had forgotten how weird they could get, so of course, I have to share one of them with you! Hang in there for the plot twist.The other night I dreamed that I met a girl and her young daughter at my book signing. I’ve never done a book signing, but there she was. She was 24. This is important information, because she invited me to her home for dinner. In real life, I don’t believe something like this could ever happen even if I became so rich that I wore pants made up of $100 bills sewn together. Also, my oldest daughter is...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - July 13, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Goodreads Somnambulating Spinning Source Type: blogs

Best Depression Blog Three Years Running
Duringmy whirlwind Spring, I noticed that I received another award fromHealthline.com. That’s the third year in a row. I was, and still am, greatly honored. I posted about it onTwitter, but haven’t had a chance to share the news with you here.I don’t expect my advice on this blog to be helpful for everybody, but maybe something I write is just what somebody else needed to read that day. It’s all I can hope for, and I am humbled that Healthline recognizes my efforts. My journey here is a personal one. I am not an expert with a degree. I just share my experiences in a humorous and earnest way that I h...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - July 12, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Goodreads Source Type: blogs

Obstinance or Brilliance
I am still paying the price for pushing myself in June, and I thought it was time to share with you what I’ve been up to, how it went, what worked, and what I could have done better. The TL;DR version is that I did too much, loved almost every moment of it, and then I ended up feeling like a haggard and disheveled octogenarian who had dragged a couch up a mountain trail.To give you an idea of what I’ve been up to, here’s a concise whirlwind from April to present. I have left out my daily duties and medical care for my daughter:I signed up for the conference in April, had to write 6000 words in two days, t...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - July 11, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Family Goodreads Writing Source Type: blogs

ADHD Jumps in Reasoning - When I'm Like Kanye West
I’m sitting here typing deep in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, east of Spanish Fork, and cut off from the internet. I came along to be on hand for my daughter’s girls camp just in case she had a seizure. I don’t have much to do except keep myself busy. I’ve finished a journal. Wrote three articles for submission to a magazine. Practiced my pennywhistle and ocarina daily. Exercised. Went for a hike in the mountains and got lost. Followed a path that became, I assume, a deer trail. Followed the trail deep into the thicket all the way to an animal den. Didn’t get eaten. Made my way back...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - June 26, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Source Type: blogs

Three Ways to Fight the Stigma of Suicide
Last week was a sad week for celebrity suicides. You may not have known much about those who took their own lives, but if your social media timeline was like mine, you were connected with many people whose hearts were touched by the news.We began the week with the passing of Kate Spade, a fashion designer who built a handbag empire and turned her name into a multi-million dollar brand, then finished the week with the passing of Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef and CNN host whose stories about exotic cultures and food entertained audiences worldwide. They both chose to hang themselves —a gruesome end to their stellar ...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - June 12, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Goodreads Suicide Source Type: blogs

Too Proud to Have ADHD?
Are you too proud for ToDo lists? Don't like to admit you have ADHD memory issues? You aren't alone.I have afamily member who has ADHD. They never write anything down. They don’t make reminders. They insist that they have to remember everything on their own, and of course, they seldom do. I’m so glad I don’t have that hangup anymore.It reminds me of the hard time we had with my daughter in middle school. Her teacher —supposedly trained to teach learning disabled children—insisted my daughter had to remember to complete all her homework assignments on her own. She wouldn’t tell me what th...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - April 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Family Goodreads Journaling Writing Source Type: blogs

Mormon Musings: A Reverent Moment with the Brownie
I don’t shy away from mentioning my religion here. I’ve even discussed LDS doctrine and how it intersects with mental health, but today I just wanted to capture a moment and share it with you.“Dad, you’ve got silver things in your sweater,” my daughter whispers out loud. Perhaps it only sounds loud because we’re sitting in church waiting for the sacrament to come our way. I turn to my right to see my daughter picking at my new Irish Aran sweater. There’s a look of disgust on her face as she pulls out a silver strand.“Yes, that’s because it’s made out of sheep hair...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - April 12, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Goodreads Writing Source Type: blogs

ADHD: Playing Cat & Mouse with Catfishers
She was a total stranger. She was cute and posed with a kid in her profile pic. She had an aversion to punctuation. Suddenly, she said,“Hi Douglas”, and I was off.Today is technically Day 42 of my bout with adenovirus. Some aspects of the cold linger like our obstinate Winter this year, but I’m feeling better. This was fortunate, because today was the last day my daughter, the Brownie, would be wearing a home EEG to capture a seizure. She had gone the entire week seizure free, so I spent the day trying to induce one. I finally resorted to flashing a strobe light in her face. When that didn’t seem to...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - April 6, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Goodreads Spinning Writing Source Type: blogs

A Moment ’s Respite from Pressing Thoughts
Finding moments of beauty can help alleviate stress and depression.Sometimes all I need to feel right is a moment ’s peace with a beautiful sunset. Anxieties fade, and my spirit is lifted. That ephemeral moment of beauty has so much power for me. I wonder at the richly saturated colors spreading across the sky as twilight casts shadows over the color of the world below.Some may claim sunsets are trite, but I do not find them so. I have trained myself to use them as cleansing moments. It is as if I have pressed pause on my day. I focus on something outside of myself. At that instant, the sunset becomes a grand, positi...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - March 23, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Goodreads Visualizing Source Type: blogs

Dolores O'Riordan and I Have Something in Common
Just a few thoughts before my day takes me away.The other day, I thought I’d celebrate St. Patty’s Day with The Cranberries. Dolores O’Riordan has been on my mind lately, and her voice was just the Irish taste I was looking for. However, I couldn’t listen to her voice and not remember what had recently happened to her. We won’t know officially how or why she died until next month. In the meantime, rumors swirl from police at the scene of fentanyl and suicide.People pay a heavy price for addiction. Dolores struggled with depression, suicide, and addiction for years, then paid with her life. She...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - March 19, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Goodreads Writing Source Type: blogs

A Funny Thing Happened to Me on My Way to the Mailbox
When humor is a coping strategy for mental health, sometimes people miss the joke. Are some subjects simply not funny?Alright. I keep miscounting. Today is Day 22 of my dance with Adenovirus. I checked it with the calendar. Thrice. Last week I announced on social media that I had been sick for 20 days, not 26, but both counts were wrong. I had announced the 11th day correctly. How I thought last week that I was sick for a month when it had been only two weeks …well, there’s no explanation for it. I was sick. I’m still sick. This bug will never end.If you think I ’m exaggerating, the doctor cheerful...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - March 19, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Goodreads Source Type: blogs

ADHD - Of Cocteau Twins and Shoujo Title Generators
Ever wonder what it was like to have ADHD? I can help you out with that.I ’ve recently made a goal of tagging all my published blog articles so I can see which ones haven’t been published. OS X allows me to tag files with colored dots. That way all the untagged files will stand out. OS 9 used to allow the entire filename to be colorized so that it would shout out at m e from the din, but now we are living in the future where small dots of color are considered more noticeable than one inch long filenames in pulsating bright green. Regardless, now that I’ve slogged through the past three years of posts, I h...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - February 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Spinning Writing Source Type: blogs

What Does Self-Esteem, Arranged Marriage, and Ramen Have in Common?
This will be a phenomenally busy week with doctor visits, writing, and preparations for a symposium. Then punctuated by a presentation at BYU just when things get really crazy in the middle of the week. I ’ve been asked to talk about publishing e-books, and I’ll be joined with my editor. I did this class two years ago, but unlike last time, I’ve been preparing. We have some ideas we think will be fun, including putting together a very quick& dirty ePub. I also spent the weekend finishing projects like the paperback edition of my Pok émon book, and writing articles that I plan to submit here and...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - February 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Hobnobbing Writing Source Type: blogs

What Does Self-Esteem, Arranged Marriage, and Ramen Have in Common
This will be a phenomenally busy week with doctor visits, writing, and preparations for a symposium. Then punctuated by a presentation at BYU just when things get really crazy in the middle of the week. I ’ve been asked to talk about publishing e-books, and I’ll be joined with my editor. I did this class two years ago, but unlike last time, I’ve been preparing. We have some ideas we think will be fun, including putting together a very quick& dirty ePub. I also spent the weekend finishing projects like the paperback edition of my Pok émon book, and writing articles that I plan to submit here and...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - February 17, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Hobnobbing Writing Source Type: blogs

Beating Off Depression with Distractions
Comorbid is an icky word. Say it with me.“Ko-’Mor-Bid”. It means people with mental health issues usually have to carry more than one condition on their backs. I lug aroundADHD,Major Depressive Disorder, and Adult Tourette’s. It’s a lot of fun, and you should see the muscles on my legs. Atlas would be jealous.Last Saturday, Tourette ’s was the issue that ruled my day. I had so much work to be done, including posting an article on this blog, but instead I was in slow motion. Everything was harder to do than usual—as it usually is when my brain feels as if popcorn was leaping to life...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - January 30, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Goodreads Source Type: blogs

Another Pot Slaughtered in the Name of ADHD

I may need to change my name toDouglas Cootey, Pot Assasin. I ’m not sure who drew first blood years ago, or why we battle in the kitchens of my life, but for decades we have vied for dominance. I must admit it is not usually the fairest of fights. The pot is striving to fulfill its destiny, sitting on a burner, heating the contents inside. Then I come along and slay it.The worst incidents usually involved ramen or eggs with smoke detectors going off, but the absolute worst was the time when I set water to boil, became distracted in my studio, and came out of my reverie when strange pinging sounds began to irritat...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - January 17, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Source Type: blogs

You Can Choose to Not Be Depressed for the Holidays
I posted something on Facebook this past weekend that didn’t have the effect I wanted.“My recent timeline is filled with baking cookies, reviewing children’s picture books, and now I’ve discovered I’m spending tonight& New Year’s Eve home alone reading a book. Something is terribly wrong with my life. 😜 ”I had intended it to be snarky. That’s what the emoji was for. I wasn’t feeling sorry for myself. It’s nobody’s fault but my own that I don’t have a special somebody to spend New Year’s Eve together. I’m not logged into online dating...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - January 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Family Goodreads Suicide Source Type: blogs

Do Fidget Spinners Cure ADHD?
By now, Fidget Spinners are collecting dust in bargain bins across America, marked down to $1.99 or 3 for $5. My local Walmart is selling them for $1 each! The fad hit America like a whirling tornado. In April and May, they were selling out faster than you could say “pet rock”. By June, dealers had palettes of them stacked to the ceiling. It was easy to see there’d be a glut. Now that they’re so cheap to get, are they worth it? Thetl;dr answer is“Yes”, but you can be forgiven for cocking an eyebrow of doubt.After all, most online ads for Fidget Spinners on Amazon.com read like this:Figit...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - December 12, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Source Type: blogs

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By now Fidget Spinners —those miraculous toy objects helpful for people with ADHD —are collecting dust in bargain bins across America, marked down 3 for $5. The fad hit America like a whirling tornado. In April and May, they ’d sell out faster than you could say “Tickle Me Elmo”, while people shelled out $10 or more for them. In June, dealers had palettes of them stacked to the sky. It was easy to see there’d be a glut. A prudent shopper would have waited. Unfortunately, I am anything but prudent, so I experimen ted with Fidget Spinners for you. My daughter begged me for one. T...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - November 29, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

ADHD: Writer's Roadblock
Sometimes Writer’s Block is due to Road Work Ahead.I wish the roadblocks of life would announce themselves better. Then I could chart my detours in time to avoid them. Maybe they could have mechanized arms to wave at me, catching my attention as I rocket from Point A to Point B. Most roadblocks in life do give me advance warning. It’s the ones that family members throw up in my way that catch me off guard. It is as if they announce the upcoming construction by standing on the side of a road with a postcard filled with tiny hand scratchings that somewhat resemble English. They don’t even so much as nod the...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - November 13, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Family Goodreads Writing Source Type: blogs

ADHD: So You Screwed Up. What Else Is New?
Ever feel like you just can’t do anything right? Maybe it’s not just you.I’m sitting here in my car, stunned and quite embarrassed. I just showed up to yet another appointment on the wrong day. You would think I’d be used to this by now, but the truth is that it comes as a surprise every time. And here I was thinking the worst I had done today was be seven minutes late.Let’s RewindI began the morning sick again. This has been going on for weeks, and I’ve seen a roulette wheel of symptoms instead of any healthy payout. I wondered if I should even go, but I canceled the last two times beca...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - November 6, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Source Type: blogs

Down in the Dumps? Here Are Seven Steps To Beat Depression
I knew I was in trouble when I looked at the time. It was 12:30 already. Half past noon, and I was still in bed. I was just lying there feeling as if a giant weight was on top of me. I couldn’t move. I didn’t want to. Eat? Nah, too sad. Go to the bathroom? Too much effort. Even social media seemed tiresome. I put my iPhone down and thought in stunned, heavy silence,“I’m depressed.”Savage bouts of depression can still jump out at me and catch me off guard.I have clinical depression, yet I manage my depression on a daily basis. It doesn’t often get the better of me anymore. There was a tim...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - October 21, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Source Type: blogs