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May 2011
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(Self-)Reminder

Good way to remind oneself that ADD is profoundly and specifically physiological:

  1. Take 20mg of amphetamine salts.
  2. Lay down for a nap.
  3. Fall right to sleep.
Yeah. This is not a neurotypical reaction.

It's easy to forget that ADD/ADHD is physiological as well as behavioural when everyone tells you all your life that it is entirely behavioural (and fairly negatively, too).

Current Mood: calmcalm
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My 2 cents

A recent publication that I read, and I can't be more specific because I just don't remember, said that some people were arguing that ADD was an opportunity for success, if handled correctly. They were arguing that by pathologizing the behaviour, rather than integrating it, we were telling a segment of the population they weren't as valuable. I don't know if they've looked at the real problems, ie how difficult it really is to function in our world when you don't think so linearly, but it was an interesting perspective.

I've never been "diagnosed" ADD -- I don't think I am, but who knows, right? But I have two friends who are teachers and they are constantly telling me I am ADD. It gets kind of annoying. Maybe I am, but I am functioning just fine -- so maybe it's only a personality thing in my case. But for some reason diagnosing me is important to them... I think it reflects an institutional need to box everyone in.

Re: My 2 cents

It's true -- there is no variety in the human experience. Why haven't I learned that yet ...?

Re: My 2 cents

Yeah. There's a book about it and how you can use it to be good at certain jobs where you need to notice a lot of things at once and sort of bounce around. Unfortunately, I don't 'member the name either. ^_^

-Penny

Yeah, the other hard thing to deal with is when everyone says, "There's no such thing as 'Adult ADD'."

In my opinion, they're right, but not for the reasons they think. Add is ADD. There's no such thing as "Adult ADD" because there's no such thing as "Adolescent ADD" either. ADD is ADD, and if you had it as a kid, you probably still have it. Since it's as much a behavioral disorder as it is a physiological one, though, you can learn to compensate for it and make yourself seem "normal", which is what many adults with ADD have done, leading to the thought that there's no such thing as Adult ADD and it's just something which children grow out of.

Well -- even more, maybe some of our "ADD" kids are really just kids who need more exercise. When I was in school, before ADD, we had 1 hour for lunch and recess -- and PE every day of the week. Now kids have PE twice a week and 25 minutes for lunch and recess -- and I'm talking about ELEMENTARY kids here. If I went to school now, under those circumstances, maybe I WOULD be diagnosed with ADD.

It's easy to forget that ADD/ADHD is physiological as well as behavioural when everyone tells you all your life that it is entirely behavioural (and fairly negatively, too).

You'd do fine if you'd just decided not to be unhappy.

All you need to do is concentrate.

If you'd just pay attention you wouldn't make so many mistakes.

If you weren't so lazy you'd be much more successful in life.

... am I getting close?

I'm still trying to figure out if I have ADD...