My mom became hysterical. “Call the fire department,” I said. She kept screaming and running around the house. I followed, repeating, “Call the fire department.”
I called the fire department.
I’ve always jumped in at accident scenes. I’m calm, focused and know what’s needed.
Natural-born first responders
I used to have no idea why this was so. Now I know that this is common amongst people with ADHD. The high level of stimulation in emergency situations focuses us, giving us the clarity and presence of mind that lets us act quickly and efficiently while others are freaking out.
I’m sure my hyper-focus also kicks in, allowing me to ignore the chaos and focus on the victim and their needs.