I'm back for the umpteenth time, too! Dec 25, 2018 21:12:54 GMT -5 via mobile Little_Ninja, creativechaos, and 3 more like this Quote Select PostDeselect PostLink to PostBack to Top Post by dayeanu on Dec 25, 2018 21:12:54 GMT -5 For those who are not old enough to know me, I've been here, off and on, in and out, for... 10 years now. I think I first found this place around November, 2008.I've had great successes, and setbacks. I've had great insights, and forgotten it all. Sometimes when I've read my old posts, I've wondered WHO wrote that... it couldn't have been me, could it?I am back with a new thing... I've been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, at nearly 68 years old!!! and am getting medication adjusted for that.I also realize that pills will fix some things, but won't fix everything. And I am absolutely convinced that 90% of my squalor problem is ADD-related. I am reading a lot of literature on ADD/ADHD (I think of it as one and the same, so will just call it ADD from this point on, unless someone can explain the difference to me.)I have learned that ADD is not what I always thought it was... physical hyperactivity.I have learned that there are three types of ADD: hyperactive, impulsive, and inattentive.I have inattentive and impulsive types. As I have read literature (mostly because I didn't really believe I had ADD), I have seen over and over how so many of the scenarios we hoarders wade through every day, are manifestations of inability to stay focused.Ever read the post from the woman who started gathering up dirty laundry to wash, stopped to do a dozen things along the way, and never made it to the washer with the laundry? That's my inattentive ADD. Or how about having things sorted out, but can't organize them/put them away? That's my ADD in action. Buying too much stuff, things I don't need, and like a drunk sobered up the next day, wondered why? And would return it but I can't remember where I put the receipt? SO MANY things, so much of my squalor, I believe, is a direct result of ADD. So I'm going to try to approach it from that viewpoint this time, and see how it goes. FWIW, I'm at an all time squalor low, but seem to have leveled off. Maybe it's the meds, but I seem to have reached a point of stasis, so I'm going to see if I can make progress from here.(I also know that much of the literature suggests OCD is a big issue. And it may be for many, but now that I'm better informed, I realize a lot of the things I attributed to OCD, are actually a component of ADD.)So I'm going to approach squalor and disorder from the viewpoint of ADD, and see what happens.