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What ADHD Is, And What It Isn’t

Friday, March 13th, 2015
 ... or is it?

… or is it?

There are conflicting descriptions of ADHD, and there is a great deal of misinformation still being shared about it as well.

There are many things that ADHD is that are surprising to some, and many more things that it isn’t.

These misconceptions make life more difficult for those with ADHD. They allow for erroneous stereotyping and stigmatizing, they allow ADHD’s detriments to be dismissed rather than attended to, and they rob people of the best possible life they otherwise might have managed to have.

But these misconceptions cannot work on their own, they need willing ears to hear them and willing tongues to spread them. They need closed minds and empty hearts to spread their damaging and destructive lies and deceits. Will you be that closed mind, that empty heart, that willing participant in the spread of misinformation, or will you read on and educate yourself, and subsequently others?


When Will The World Catch Up To ADHD?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
It's a state of mind ...

It’s a state of mind …

A million years ago, when I was a computer programmer and then a technician, I used to see the world of technology as being at three distinct levels of advancement.

Basically, there were systems on the third level, in homes and offices where mundane jobs were performed. Then there were systems that were highly functional by comparison. They were being used for specialized things almost exclusively in industry, like advanced research and development.

Then there were systems that were being developed and deployed simply for the purpose of developing new systems. They were the ones that were pushing the envelope, making advances that would be studied and would dictate what the next generation of systems would be capable of.

I used to refer to these levels as “state of the art,” “state of the industry,” and “state of the basement.”


A Biased Look At The Three Groups Of ADHD Opinion

Friday, February 27th, 2015
I think that maybe ....

I think that maybe ….

I know there’s lots of information out there about ADHD. And there seems to be three distinct groups, according to social networks and news outlets.

Those three groups differ greatly in their approach to the validity of ADHD.

And then, to complicate things, there is a bisection of these three groups. Each of these three groups is made up of people who don’t have ADHD … and people who do have ADHD.


How Real Is ADHD?

Friday, January 23rd, 2015
There's no such thing as "Not ADHD!"

There’s no such thing as “Not ADHD!”

So, you’ve been hearing so called experts say that there is no such thing as ADHD. Well, I’d buy that, I guess, although, I still think I have some doubts that tell me it’s real.
Let’s start with the argument that it has been made up by pharmaceutical companies. That makes sense, I suppose. I mean, if I could make a ton of money by inventing a drug and then inventing a disorder to use that drug as a treatment for … well, sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.

But wait, there have been documented descriptions of psychological case studies that describe the symptoms of ADHD long before it was treated with stimulants. How does that fit in to this theory?


Refresher Course On ADHD

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
I may be old, but I'm still bright ... sort of.

I may be old, but I’m still bright … sort of.

I’ve been doing some writing about ADHD the last five days or so. No, not this blog. Well, not just this blog.

I’ve been engaged to write a few articles on the subject.

And I’m learning some things, relearning some things, and remembering some things.

I’ve been reminded of how young this disorder is and yet how far back in history you can go and still find descriptions of it.


ADHD ~ It Just Seems Wrong

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
Pondering the possibility of the cursed gift

Pondering the possibility of the cursed gift

I know some of you are determined to view ADHD as a gift. And I’m not going to argue with you.

I’ve also heard from some folks who say thinking of ADHD as a gift is being delusional. I can’t really argue with that either.

But the truth, as far as I’m concerned, is very different. I look at it like this. This quirky, far ranging, rapid firing, often absent, wickedly misbehaving, thrill seeking, bicycle on a bobsled track without brakes brain of mine is what I get to work with.


ADHD Creates

Monday, August 4th, 2014
A CD that has a song I created on it

A CD that has a song I created on it … yes I can create

There are people who say that having ADHD makes you creative. And there are those who say that that hasn’t been proven. And there are those who say that ADHD creativity is a myth.

I say that creativity is a matter of creating. And creating requires you to be able to concentrate on the process. And concentration on a single process is what is known as focus.

Having ADHD is pretty much the opposite of being able to focus, at least on things that you choose to focus on. “But we have hyperfocus.” I hear you saying. And yes, there are times when we can zone in on something But Dr. Charles Barkley suggests that “hyperfocus” is the wrong name for that.


Making ADHD Work ~ Part II

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Wait ... what??

Wait … what??

On Monday we had a little talk about a friend of mine who has a local business and told me about how much he valued the strengths that an employee with ADHD could bring to the table.

I asked him if he had to do anything differently to make the value evident, and he offered the following suggestions.

He suggested that lists were a bad thing. I looked at him kind of oddly, and he clarified by explaining that if a person makes a list of things they need to do, that’s fine. It’s their list, they’re invested in it. But if they are handed a list, it will get lost.


ADHD Can Be Cured By What?

Friday, July 4th, 2014
I'm going to eat this ...

I’m going to eat this …

On Wednesday I published a post in which I said that you can’t cure ADHD with diet.

RonH commented, “Actually, it may be possible to cure ADHD with diet. ADHD is not a disease, but a set of behavioral symptoms. If you are lucky enough to have a doctor who will do a thorough ‘differential diagnosis’, it is often possible to locate and treat the underlying cause of ADHD symptoms. […]” and so on.

He goes on to talk about a doctor with a book and a diet cure, of course.


7 ADHD Things I Think We May Have In Common

Friday, June 20th, 2014
At least, I think we do ...

At least, I think we do …

Symptoms. You’re saying we have symptoms in common, and of course you’re right. I thought the same thing when I first considered this title.

For instance, if you have ADHD – Predominantly Inattentive type, then we possibly share being distracted, forgetful and disorganized. We are likely to have poor concentration and spend more time than we should daydreaming. Oh, and we may also have difficulty completing tasks. Lucky us.

If you have ADHD – Predominantly Hyperactive type, then we possibly share a tendency towards excessive fidgeting, and being restless. We might share hyperactive, and we probably have difficulty waiting in line or staying seated when needs dictate that we should. We might also have a tendency toward , immature and/or destructive behavior. (Who? Me?)


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