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I am very sick, and very tired. I mean really sick. I've got a bug, a cold, whatever. My head Is as thick as ... well, it's really plugged, I mean really really plugged. And tired? Yes, I'm tired. Fighting this kind of thing isn't easy on a person. They tire you out. I'm yawning and drifting off, and I'm not actually wearing myself out by doing much of anything. And is my ADHD affected? You bet your missing car keys and shiny desk kitsch it is.
I get a kick out of the schlock that passes for reason these days. Especially the schlock in advertisements. And those advertisements are quite invasive, they're everywhere. They're there on all kinds of web sites. They're on sensational websites that are selling conspiracy theories, websites that are just trying to get you to click on the next picture, even relevant and valid sites offering information and help. They're everywhere thanks to off site advertising sources. There may even be advertisements on this site that Psych Central has no approval authority over.
Here's a big surprise for some folks. There's no cure for ADHD. It's entirely possible that those who believe that ADHD can be cured are being confused by some misunderstanding that is easy enough to come by. Lots of times people with ADHD will be told that they're not trying hard enough to overcome their symptoms. The response is generally to try harder, and the result is usually success ... temporarily. So is the answer to try harder for longer? Sure, do that. But the secret is if that works, then you don't have ADHD. ADHD is an attention control deficit, if you can focus on trying harder in areas that you traditionally have problems with then I'd say you were just lazy up until now.
There can be a lot of differences in lives with ADHD depending on where the light shines in them, and where the shadows fall. Acceptance or denial can mean so much in the long run. Let's consider two boys, the same age, in the same grade, in similar schools, in similar towns, each with ADHD. Let's call them Art and Bert. Sorry if your name is Art or Bert, this is a fictional scenario, so this isn't you. This is them. And here they are:
So there's this website called ADHD Kids Rock. It's a place where kids can read about Jeff Rasmussen's determination to succeed in the face of ADHD, and where they can also engage, discuss and learn about ADHD and how it affects their lives and the lives of others. And while this is a blog about adult ADHD, the truths are that none of us became adults without first being kids, that many of us have kids who are dealing with ADHD (and wouldn't it be nice to give them more of a boost than we had), and hey, who among us is that grown up? So I support this website and admire what Jeff has started out to achieve, and I will do whatever I can to help out there. And one way I can help is to promote the place.
I am aware that there is a disconnect between the systems that determine guilt and punishment, and the systems that would be needed to remediate the failed aspects of a person's makeup that allow criminal behavior. I'm also aware that the percentage of people with ADHD is significantly higher among inmates of correctional facilities than the percentage of same in the "free" world. And this makes me aware that we punish after the fact, rather than repair before the need for punishment. The so called “correctional systems” that encompass arrest, trial and punishment are meant to be a deterrent. Rarely do these systems actually rectify the issues and characteristics that cause the problems they are in place to deal with.
I'm always amazed by the success of negative advertising. If you can't present positive aspects of your own program, then pose questions that raise doubt about the competition. This approach works often in politics, and I see it more and more in the health care industry. In order to raise doubts, it seems the best thing is to ask questions that make others look bad. Consider the question “Yes or no, have you stopped beating your children yet?” You can't answer that without incriminating yourself. This isn't a common question we see in the attack ad world, but we see questions that, like this one, assume things not in evidence and ask people to decide what they think of the unproven supposition. The other day I read a private diatribe on how the American Medical Association's top mission was to eradicate competitors. Apparently, according to this posting, homeopathy had once been “dominant over medical schools.”
How long has it been since we talked about medication? That long, eh? Well, that won't do. Lets have a chat, shall we? Many of you may remember that I am not pro medication, but that I'm also not against it. I happen to know that ADHD medication has been around for a long time. I know that the established medications have been tested and that the newer ones are being tested. Rigorously tested. I know that there are some people for whom the medications may not work. I know that there are some people for whom the medications will cause side effects.
I've met a lot of people who may have ADHD. Some say “I have that. Well, I'm pretty sure I do.” Others don't say anything, possibly not recognizing themselves as being on the spectrum. But without a diagnosis, you really don't have a starting point for treatment. In fact, without a diagnosis, you're just guessing. When I first realized I had ADHD, I was stunned. I spent long moments trying to rationalize my life up 'til this point, and other long moments trying hard to deny and disprove the theory I had managed to create. It's a very long distance from realization to diagnosis.
I whistle, in the dark. I consciously look for the light places. I search for the good. I concentrate on the things I love. And for the most part, I'm a positive person. I make known my happy and cheerful thoughts and those thoughts come back to me from every corner of my world, magnified and multiplied by those who appreciate hearing good news in their own worlds.