A while ago I did a research paper on "Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder" and did a Yahoo! search (yes, that long ago) for "adult ADD". My search results were an entire page o:
- ADD ADULT sounds to your web page!
- ADULT images ADD to your hits!
and so forth.
I learned that even if one is NOT "the H" (hyperactive), it's a good thing to add it to the search string.
I got my "official" diagnosis when my son was in third grade. I took Ritalin for a while and the folks I worked with at the time could tell when I didn't "take my meds".
When I went to talk to the psychologist, I took my elementary school report cards...if "ADHD" had been around then, I think I would have been a good example. The problem is, many girls are "missed" because "ADHD" tends to manifest along gender lines.
Girls tend to be "space cadets" and boys tend to be the "wild child". So boys get drugged and girls get passed over.
My personal belief is that ADHD is not a "disorder", it is a personality type. Distractable? YES! a mental disorder? No.
Here is a link to a paper I wrote to explore the "disorder vs personality type" idea.
How does this personality type manifest in me?
- easily distractable. I use a kitchen timer for almost everything!
- "Leaps" in logic - how do I get from one place to another? I just do...and although sometimes others fail to see the connection, most often I can explain it.
- difficulty tracking conversations. Especially on blogs - if there are more than 3 or 4 people on the "other side" (no matter what the topic is), I try to be very careful when replying, since I will most likely lose the train of the conversation.
- Not seeing "personal". Somebody will accuse me of "getting personal" and I will sit back and truly not know where or how.
- Taking things personally - this I am getting better at. Some people's issues are just their issues and have little or nothing to do with me personally. Sometimes they do, most times they don't.
ADHD can be a fascinating thing to look at. As with many people with ADHD(ADD) my IQ is high. As with many people with ADHD/ADD, the common sense factor is sometimes low.
The more I work with people with special needs, the more this issue comes into play. Shoot...the more I work with people, the more this issue comes into play. Strategies, tricks to play on myself, ideas to stay focused. All of these get attention.
And the classroom view of little boys...a whole different topic.