10 Things That People With ADHD Understand Perfectly

By Kelly Babcock
I do ...

I do …

ADHD is a collection of symptoms. Those symptoms aren’t all present in everyone of us all the time, just too much of the time. And they fluctuate in intensity from one person to the next.

So each of us, like the visually impaired men examining the elephant in the famous fable, have a different perception of ADHD.

That’s fair. We each know a form of ADHD. We each know our own ADHD. And no one else has our ADHD, it’s very personal, ADHD is a custom disorder, each case made exclusively for each one of us. That’s probably why we can’t take it back.

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The Doctor Is Out

By Kelly Babcock
Wait, what?

Wait, what?

When ever I start talking to someone about ADHD, I’m always amazed at how the conversation sounds the same.

I reassure someone that they are normal, as defined by our terms, and thus not alone. And they are not, in the opinion of many of us, broken.

Invariably the conversation, as is often the case with people with ADHD, is picked up randomly over the weeks and months and restarted.

Often what precipitates the next instalment of the conversation is a casual conversation about anything else, into which I will interject a comment about something being normal for us.

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What Are The ADHD Odds?

By Kelly Babcock
Crunch time!

Crunch time!

Have you heard that you are more likely to have an MVA (motor vehicle accident) if you have ADHD?

Apparently it’s true. I’m not arguing for or against, but I’d love to know the statistics of that assertion.

I’d like to have those statistics broken down, too. What percentage of ADHD MVAs would be the result of distraction? How many of them would be considered to be the result of inappropriate activities? Would there be a significant number of them that were caused by poor decision making?

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How To Pay Attention With ADHD ~ 101

By Kelly Babcock
Before the collection agency takes it over!

Before the collection agency takes it over!

Why do they say “pay attention?” Is it a debt we owe? I’ve noticed that paying for something after I’ve already gotten the thing I’m paying for, is really boring.

Maybe if we had different terminology for the act of being attentive we’d be better at it … but I doubt it.

We’re not attentive to things that aren’t interesting because we can’t shut out things that are interesting.

The trick, I’ve found, to making things more interesting, is to make things up.

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If You Thought You Had ADHD …

By Kelly Babcock
Blue socks? Why not?

Blue socks? Why not?

… and you were right, it was one of a billion thoughts you had that hour.

When we human beings wake up in the morning, we think, “Ah, time to get up. I’ll get dressed, have breakfast and get ready for the day.”

Those of us with ADHD then proceed to add “I think I’ll wear blue socks, no, red, I like red.

“I wore that red shirt yesterday and I drove away from the house three times and back before I was ready to go to work.

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Happy Blog Anniversary

By Kelly Babcock
Happy anniversary to me and my blog ...

Happy anniversary to me and my blog …

Last Sunday was the three year anniversary of this blog, ADHD Man of DistrAction. So this is my anniversary week, so to speak.

How did I celebrate? Glad you asked. This is a blog about ADHD, so I did the same thing I do every week. I performed perfect examples of ADHD symptoms. And now I’m going to write about some of those things, just to reassure others out there that they aren’t alone. Maybe some of you will comment in the hope that you’ll assure me that I’m not alone.

Let’s start with Monday. I was on the road, taking turns navigating and driving on a fifteen hour drive home from another province.

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ADHD Vision

By Kelly Babcock
Is it zoom vision or tunnel vision?

Is it zoom vision or tunnel vision?

Have you ever used binoculars? Handy things, aren’t they. I have a couple of pairs of them and I enjoy having them around.

I like to see what’s out on the water when I’m boating, and I like to see what birds and animals are living in the trees nearby.

Another trick I use is to attach my telephoto lens to my camera, zoom in on something distant and photograph it. Then I’ll use my camera’s magnification capability in the preview picture mode to zoom in even closer to something to see details not visible with just my eyes.

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ADHD In Foreign Lands

By Kelly Babcock
 ... welll, I speak a little French

… well, I speak a little French

I spent the weekend in a foreign country. Okay, not a foreign country, but it seemed like it at times. I spent the weekend in Quebec.

I’ve been in la belle province before, but usually surrounded by people who speak English fluently, as their first language. I usually only have communication problems when I try to order coffee in donut shops on the road. And I must admit that most of my trouble at that time involves me trying to pass myself off as bilingual … and the staff of the donut shop not falling for it.

This weekend past I was surrounded by my friend’s family members, and many of them spoke English as a second language, and some of them spoke English as poorly as I spoke French.

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ADHD: The Journey Of A Lifetime

By Kelly Babcock
Ready to hit the road

Ready to hit the road

It’s been five years since I was diagnosed with ADHD. I am now 55 years old. So technically, I’ve had ADHD for five years.

But realistically, if one assumes that ADHD is heritable, I’ve had ADHD all my life.

From the time of my birth, when development was still ongoing, right up to the point in my life when symptoms, had they been known and understood, could have been observed, I had ADHD.

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You’ll Need More Than A Towel

By Kelly Babcock
On the job!

On the job!

With apologies to Douglas Adams, a towel is a great thing to have, but you need more than just that.

I’ve relocated to my old haunt up north of my home where sometimes I work for a friend who is a better contractor than I. I call him “the boss.”

The boss had a job he wanted to get done, and up here in Canada, autumn is coming on. The job in question is an outdoor one. We’re replacing the roof on a park model camper trailer.

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