Archives for Strength
The Olympics have just ended. Did you watch them? Maybe you were one of the ones who attended? Maybe you even participated, some athletes have ADHD. I find the concept to be amazing. The Olympics are that collection of games that have set rules and regulations calculated to level the playing field for the athletes. This is done so that only the skill and the results of their training impact the athlete's standing at the end of each competition.
I got decision making skills. I'm good at it. I make snap decisions and long drawn out decisions, I can ponder over things for ever and end up making no decision until it's too late. I'm telling you, I can do it all. I can decide things before I even realize there's a decision to be made. Those are called snap decisions. I used to refer to myself as being decisive, now I'm more likely to call it reckless. These days I'm also known to recant when I make one of those decisions, one of those reckless ones. I don't always, but I have done. The thing is I feel less compulsion to stand behind a bad decision knowing that I made it in a reckless way and knowing that my ADHD is at least partly at fault for that.
Do you code? Do you write computer programs? Apps for phones or tablets? Do you work with hypertext or Java or any of the other information display languages? If you do, then you know how easy it is for a bit of erroneous code to send things into … well, hell. And whether you do or not, you may know that programmers sometimes present pseudo-code to people as a substitute to explain what a program is supposed to do. Not real code but something half way between human communication and a high end programming language.
There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who divide the worlds population into groups, and those who don't. Obviously, I am in the first group. There are many other criteria for dividing up the population, gender, skin pigment, political leanings, and so on. And without exception, the divisions should only be applied for the sake of statistical analysis. Never for application of service or restriction of same should populations be divided. But there are other divisions that we might study as well. There are those who
Have you ever been ready for bed and found one last thing that needs to be done? Exactly, it happens every now and then. You know, you realize that you need to pay a bill online. That's important, right? Better do that. Or sometimes it's something that maybe isn't so important, but it's only going to take a second. You go to turn out the light in the living room and discover a couple of dirty mugs sitting there. You could leave them 'til morning, but you're here now. How long could it take? Easy enough to put them in
I do a lot of things to fill my time. I'm not bragging, I really do a lot of different things. Granted, a lot of them have to do with writing, but not all of them. And some of them have to do with computers, but not all of them. And the truth is that I still have to do the odd job as a contractor. But not so much anymore. I'm weening myself off of that addiction. Pretty soon I'll just be an occasional contractor, doing it just for myself.
I have Fibromyalgia. I mention this because the best treatment for it is the opposite of what you might expect it to be. The best treatment, at least in my experience, is to remain as active as possible. Why mention this? Well, I was wandering through my past, thinking of things that worked and things that didn't work for ADHD management, and I realized that this approach applies to ADHD as much as it does to Fibromyalgia. What? No, not the part about being as active as possible. Well, maybe … No, wait. What I mean is that the best way to approach ADHD management is sometimes the least likely to be considered.
Sometimes things go wrong with computers on the internet. Sometimes it's a problem with the computer and sometimes it's a problem with the internet service. We call problems with the computer, “client side” issues. Internet service problems are “server side” issues. Sometimes things go wrong in life for people with ADHD. When the things that go wrong originate out in the world and get dropped at our feet, we could call that “server side” issues. When the things that go wrong are caused by ADHD symptoms, that is most definitely “client side” issues.
When I was born, there was only me. I was all there was in this body, in this mind. And I was enough for a long time. I was good enough, I was happy enough, I was smart enough. Then as I got older, like all children, it became apparent that there were things I was good at and things I was not so good at. Now everyone has things they're good at. We call that talent, and we try to help people capitalize on those things. And as to the things that we're not so good at, we often just learn to avoid the situations where the need for those skills might arise.
So, America, you have an election coming up do you? I'm just up here in Canada watching. I have no opinions to pass on. Well, let's be clear, I have opinions, I just have none about your candidates, none I care to pass on that is. It's not my place to tell you how I think about candidates I can't vote for, not my place to suggest that the choices I might make if I could would have any business in a post here. But I have opinions about ADHD and politics. Or at least I have opinions about ADHD symptoms and candidates.