Law in Hyperspeed

The ADDventures of a practicing attorney in a southern state. I hope those in the law and those with ADD can find some comfort and help in these postings. The only real person in this blog is the author. The people described in this blog mostly represent sterotypes of some of the characters I see in my travels.

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Sunday, November 28, 2004

Confessions of a Free Cell Addict

"Hi, my name is Addicus, and I'm a Free Cell Addict"

OK. We've got AA for alcoholics. We've got gambler's anonymous, sex addicts anonymous, overeaters anonymous. I need to find the weekly meeting for Free Cell anonymous. While it's a tough addiction (I had to hard delete it from my work computer - the recycle bin was too close), it now makes so much sense that I am a Free Cell Addict.

My ADD brain craves stimulation. Just about any kind will do. One theory is that the ADD brain has some problem with dopamine in the brain. You will often find ADDer's who are extreme risk takers. One of my ADD clients loves to race cars on the weekends.

So, my brain always wants some stimulations. What works? Well, food really stimulates my brain. I do love to eat. The bad part is that I can only eat so much. Some ADDer's must have severe problems with this brain/food connection. This article mentions the high percentage of ADD among the morbidly obese.

So, my brain needs something else to stimulate it. Something that is a challenge. Something that will hold my interests. Let's see, TV - too boring; books - work sometimes, but requires a lot of concentration. I'm too practical to gamble. I need something quick, available, and extremely stimulating.

So, I'm now addicted to Free Cell. Free Cell is truly the spawn of the devil. The crack cocaine of the computer world. One game usually is quick. It's challenging because you supposedly cannot find one arrangement of the cards that you cannot win. You get the extreme high of being on long winning streaks. The concluding dialog box coyly lures you on by saying "You Win. -Play Another Game?" Sometimes I'll find myself pushing "Yes" without even looking at the time.

This article, mentions that in any addict population you will find that approximately 10-20% have ADD. I often say thanks to God that I never became addicted to any kind of substance. All I can say is that if I'm going to have an addiction, at least Free Cell is somewhat benign. However, it is time to admit to myself that Free Cell has become a problem.

Where's my copy of "The Twelve Steps for Free Cell Addicts"?

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Anonymous child with adhd said...

Hello Addicus Finch (I hope that is the right name):

Hi my name is hoe bing and I have been on a research mission to crack the problem that is .

You see ADHD is my passion and I have been pursuing it in the most holistic way possible. In fact that is exactly what brought me to your blog. Last week I spent 10 hours during the weekend trying to sort out the wheat from the chaff when it came to ADHD websites but no luck there. Most of the websites were of a commercial nature, no one was really interested in providing a full picture and I was getting disheartened.

By chance though I stumbled upon a few personal blogs, like Charles Blanc who is the adhd adtivist. Charles blog was personal and informative and he was exceptionally kind (responded to my post within a few hours and we have been working together to get the word out since).

Addicus Finch, my intention is really simple, basically my subscribers are looking for quality information and so far it is personal blogs like yours that have yielded the best unbiased information. I would like to request your help.

Because of the great response from other blog owners I have decided to create my own blog called the adhdpodcaster. If you have some time please take the time to post information that you would find useful to my subscribers.

Please don't limit yourself, just like the great job you have done at your blog put whatever information you have come across. The different areas that I am working hard to get more information on is the involvement of sleep and adhd, nutrition, relationships, cognitive behaviour therapy, subliminals and also learning tools.

Any help would be appreciated.

Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you for your blog, it makes great reading and keep up the good work.

Have a great day.

Warmest regards,
Hoe Bing

11:44 PM  
Anonymous children adhd said...

Hi Addicus Finch,

Your opinion is worth noting, thank you.

5:27 AM  
Anonymous adhd in children said...

Hi Addicus Finch,

Love the fun blog, came across it while having a break. Ta.

2:17 PM  
Anonymous child with adhd said...

Hi Addicus Finch,

I've seen this post before but important things are always worth reminding. After all, repetition is the mother of learning.

10:30 PM  
Anonymous child with adhd said...

Hi Addicus Finch,

I've seen this post before but important things are always worth reminding. After all, repetition is the mother of learning.

5:52 PM  
Anonymous child with adhd said...

Hi Addicus Finch,

Thanks for the post, looking forward to more great stuff.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous youth adhd said...

Hello Addicus Finch (I hope that is the right name):

Hi my name is hoe bing and I have been on a research mission to crack the problem that is youth with adhd.

You see ADHD is my passion and I have been pursuing it in the most holistic way possible. In fact that is exactly what brought me to your blog. Last week I spent 10 hours during the weekend trying to sort out the wheat from the chaff when it came to ADHD websites but no luck there. Most of the websites were of a commercial nature, no one was really interested in providing a full picture and I was getting disheartened.

By chance though I stumbled upon a few personal blogs, like Charles Blanc who is the adhd adtivist. Charles blog was personal and informative and he was exceptionally kind (responded to my post within a few hours and we have been working together to get the word out since).

Addicus Finch, my intention is really simple, basically my subscribers are looking for quality information and so far it is personal blogs like yours that have yielded the best unbiased information. I would like to request your help.

Because of the great response from other blog owners I have decided to create my own blog called the adhdpodcaster. If you have some time please take the time to post information that you would find useful to my subscribers.

Please don't limit yourself, just like the great job you have done at your blog put whatever information you have come across. The different areas that I am working hard to get more information on is the involvement of sleep and adhd, nutrition, relationships, cognitive behaviour therapy, subliminals and also learning tools.

Any help would be appreciated.

Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you for your blog, it makes great reading and keep up the good work.

Have a great day.

Warmest regards,
Hoe Bing

6:04 AM  
Anonymous kid adhd said...

Hi Addicus Finch,

Thank you very much for Confessions of a Free Cell Addict, it was an informative post, very useful.

I'm currently researching information for child with adhd , would that be a topic that you are familiar with?

If you could help point me to the right direction it would be much appreciated.

Thank you for your time and effort.

Warmest regards,
Hoe Bing

6:47 AM  
Anonymous children with adhd said...

Hi Addicus Finch,

I was browsing for information on children adhd when I came across your site and boy am I glad I did.

Although not totally the same, I believe that the work we are doing has some synergy to it.

I am researching information on adhd in general and am trying to make as many connections as possible so that my subscribers can have the maximum chance of controlling their adhd.

Are there any resources on children adhd that you recommend I visit?

Would very much appreciate your input on the subject.

Thank you for your blog post.

Warmest regards,
Hoe Bing

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Anonymous adhd in children said...

Hello Addicus Finch,

Thank you for your informative blog, it is good to see that people are still sharing their knowledge and experience.

I am currently working on finding the latest information on kid with adhd when I came across your site. My passion is in the area of kid with adhd and after finding your blog, I believe we have a real synergy and that my subsrcibers would benefit from your perspective on the topic.

I would very much appreciate it if you would take the time to have a look at my adhdpodcaster blog. If you think that we do have a common goal (which I think we do), then please feel free to post any relevant information to the blog.

Whatever area that ties into adhd would be fine, even if it is with relation to personal development (especially time management), you know how notoriously hard it is to keep track of time especially for us :)

Anyways, really looking forward to your post.

Thank you for the blog, keep up the good work

Warmest regards,
Hoe Bing

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Anonymous teenage adhd said...

Hello Addicus Finch (I hope that is the right name):

Hi my name is hoe bing and I have been on a research mission to crack the problem that is adhd in kids.

You see ADHD is my passion and I have been pursuing it in the most holistic way possible. In fact that is exactly what brought me to your blog. Last week I spent 10 hours during the weekend trying to sort out the wheat from the chaff when it came to ADHD websites but no luck there. Most of the websites were of a commercial nature, no one was really interested in providing a full picture and I was getting disheartened.

By chance though I stumbled upon a few personal blogs, like Charles Blanc who is the adhd adtivist. Charles blog was personal and informative and he was exceptionally kind (responded to my post within a few hours and we have been working together to get the word out since).

Addicus Finch, my intention is really simple, basically my subscribers are looking for quality information and so far it is personal blogs like yours that have yielded the best unbiased information. I would like to request your help.

Because of the great response from other blog owners I have decided to create my own blog called the adhdpodcaster. If you have some time please take the time to post information that you would find useful to my subscribers.

Please don't limit yourself, just like the great job you have done at your blog put whatever information you have come across. The different areas that I am working hard to get more information on is the involvement of sleep and adhd, nutrition, relationships, cognitive behaviour therapy, subliminals and also learning tools.

Any help would be appreciated.

Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you for your blog, it makes great reading and keep up the good work.

Have a great day.

Warmest regards,
Hoe Bing

11:41 PM  
Anonymous adhd in children said...

Hi Addicus Finch,

I've seen this post before but important things are always worth reminding. After all, repetition is the mother of learning.

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Anonymous teenage adhd said...

Hello Addicus Finch (I hope that is the right name):

Hi my name is hoe bing and I have been on a research mission to crack the problem that is youth with adhd.

You see ADHD is my passion and I have been pursuing it in the most holistic way possible. In fact that is exactly what brought me to your blog. Last week I spent 10 hours during the weekend trying to sort out the wheat from the chaff when it came to ADHD websites but no luck there. Most of the websites were of a commercial nature, no one was really interested in providing a full picture and I was getting disheartened.

By chance though I stumbled upon a few personal blogs, like Charles Blanc who is the adhd adtivist. Charles blog was personal and informative and he was exceptionally kind (responded to my post within a few hours and we have been working together to get the word out since).

Addicus Finch, my intention is really simple, basically my subscribers are looking for quality information and so far it is personal blogs like yours that have yielded the best unbiased information. I would like to request your help.

Because of the great response from other blog owners I have decided to create my own blog called the adhdpodcaster. If you have some time please take the time to post information that you would find useful to my subscribers.

Please don't limit yourself, just like the great job you have done at your blog put whatever information you have come across. The different areas that I am working hard to get more information on is the involvement of sleep and adhd, nutrition, relationships, cognitive behaviour therapy, subliminals and also learning tools.

Any help would be appreciated.

Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you for your blog, it makes great reading and keep up the good work.

Have a great day.

Warmest regards,
Hoe Bing

9:10 PM  
Anonymous youth adhd said...

Hi Addicus Finch,

Your opinion is worth noting, thank you.

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Hello Addicus Finch, been looking for the latest info on gastric bypass and found Confessions of a Free Cell Addict. Though not exactly what I was searching for, it did get my attention. Interesting post, thanks for a great read.

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