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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?)


The Cause Of ADHD Revealed

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Is this the guilty party?

Is this the guilty party?

Okay, I think I’ve figured something out. The cause of ADHD is everywhere. It’s iodine.

I mean think about it, iodine is in the salt we eat, and no matter how we try to avoid salt, it’s in everything.

Of course you’re asking why doesn’t everyone have ADHD. Well, if we keep going, soon everyone will.


The ADHD Choice

Monday, April 21st, 2014
I choose ....

I choose ….

A recent comment on my post entitled There’s No Such Thing As ADHD? Really? sort of set my teeth grinding.

It said: “[sic]your article is not a true fact. going into a store and coming out with something different is being stupid. having a list read to u and trying to remember is more accurate. it has to do with being able to pay attention and listening without being sidetracked”

I had to give it some serious thought before I figured out why this bothered me. And here’s what I came up with …


There’s No Such Thing As ADHD? Really?

Monday, April 7th, 2014
Normans and ADHDers are like bread and tires ...

Normans and ADHDers are like bread and tires …

A conversation in the future:

“Papa, Timothy , my friend at school, says there was a time when people thought they were normal. Is that true?”

“Ha ha, well, yes, Bonnie, that is true. There was a time when humanity knew so little that some of our ancestors thought of themselves that way. But we know better than that now.”

The people who align themselves with autism have coined the phrase ‘neuro-typical’ or ‘NT’ to refer to non-autistic people. I’ve also used ‘NT’ as well as the phrase ‘norman’, a concatenation of the words normal and human, to refer to non-ADHDers. The words normal and typical suggest that there is an average or a norm that is represented by the general population.


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