Ha, that sounds funny. And it's a bit misleading. I'm not writing about how to retire.
And I'm not jesting about how long it will be before I'm able to retire at the rate I'm going. The truth is I doubt I'll be able to retire at the age of 80, even though I've retired a couple of times from different things already.
I'm talking about an article I read yesterday. "Eighty Years Old with ADHD? Frequently, Yes." It's not in a medical journal, but it does offer citations and links to journals and credible sources.
And it offers an interesting observation,
I have an issue with a lot of articles being written about ADHD. And as the title above suggests, that issue has to do with children.
Now don't get me wrong, I love children, I think every parent should have one or more of the little things, but I'm tired of them getting all the attention.
That may sound childish of me, but hey, that's too bad. My wife told me we wouldn't have any children until I grew up and so I've made not growing up my life's work.
I never said I was going to get everything done, I just never said that I wouldn't. The truth is that I never gave it much thought.
I guess I'd have to say, if asked, that there is no way I can get done all of the things I've got planned.
But I'm fully aware that, if asked about each thing individually, there would be none of them that i would say “No, I won't get that one done.” Well, there may be a couple, but maybe not.
It's the old straw on the camel's back thing. No single plan I've made is completely non-doable, but collectively they represent the reasonable aspirations of five neuro-typicals. Somewhere about four-fifths of the way down the load is the one that was too much.
Having ADHD means a lot of things. And they are subtle things. You can show signs of having ADHD and people who don't know the symptoms will never know there's anything going on with you that might lead to a diagnosis.
Those people, if asked, would talk about how forgetful you can be ... sometimes. And how you remember things other times. They'd talk about your spontaneity at parties and social gatherings, and about how easily you are sidetracked at work or school.
Most people don't see many of these things as different sides of the same coin, or perhaps it's more like different views of the same sphere. They see the person, and they can identify the uniquenesses that are apparent on the outside, but they don't see the package as being a significant set of values that can be identified.
I am not telling you that you don't have troubles. If you've got ADHD, you've got troubles.
I'm also not telling those of you that believe ADHD is a gift that you're wrong. There are those among us who use the uniquenesses of this disorder to their advantage. I believe I do that in many ways.
But I'm not going to deny that the disorder also has its drawbacks.
And technically, if you view it as a gift without negative consequences than you aren't actually eligible for a diagnosis. One of the criteria for diagnosis of ADHD is the negative impact on your life.
So I'm in the middle here. Gift? Meh, probably. Curse? Yep.
You know that there are millions of horses out there, hundreds of breeds, dozens of colors and markings.
Horses are cool because people talk about them by their markings and color. Palominos, paints, buckskins, pintos, bays, every one is a mark of distinction. And who doesn't love horses? Right?
I did own a palomino once that seemed to have some weird ideas that made me question his intelligence, but I treated him as well as the other horses in the stable and possibly a smidgen better since he was my ride.
When we differentiate among ourselves by color, however, it usually isn't for positive reasons. We're never as good to ourselves as we are to horses in that respect.
There are things that your boss, supervisor, or employer should know about your ADHD. But oddly enough, not one of those things that they need to know is the fact that you have ADHD.
Now there are exceptions to every rule. For instance, if I hadn't told Dr. Grohol that I had ADHD, he would probably not have offered me the opportunity to write about it here.
But this isn't the only place I work, and while he isn't the only boss I have that knows about my ADHD, I don't tell everyone about it.
And really, this is a special case. My job here is to tell people about ADHD.
Okay, that was a bit unfair. There's no new ADHD. Well, not really. It's all marketing, all spin, and it's all my doing.
I've just been pondering the free upgrade to Windows 10 that's being offered to me on both my Windows 7 and my Windows 8 computers. (I haven't booted up my Windows Vista notebook in a while, I'm not sure if it's receiving the same offer.)
Anyway, I'm reading that it (Windows 10) will be familiar and better. And I thought, “If it's going to be familiar, how is it going to be better?”
Oddly enough, I was just reading an article, before my computer once again “offered” to upgrade itself for free, about how people in a Scandinavian town so far north that they actually lose sight of the sun for several months each year actually look forward to those dark winter months.
There have been suggestions that certain jobs attract people with ADHD, while others would seem to repel us. The attractant used would seem to be adventure. Thus it is estimated that there are higher percentages of people with ADHD in some groups defined by occupation than there are in the general population.
Some of those groups include emergency response personnel such as police, firemen and women, EMTs and ambulance attendants and emergency room personnel.
Another group would be people who are incarcerated. Being locked up isn't really a job, but it is where people whose jobs are less than legal tend to congregate.
But more important today is the fact that another place where it has been suggested that there is a higher percentage of people with ADHD than the norm is in the armed forces.
I read a lot about ADHD. And I don't limit my reading to the scientific studies, although that is certainly some of what I read.
I also read blogs like mine from people who experience ADHD first hand.
Additionally I read posts from clinicians and mental health care providers. Most of these people know what they're talking about. Good thing too, they're who many of us lean on for help.
But I also read things from people who like to pretend that they are presenting a well thought out and equally supported alternate theory or two about ADHD.