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ADHD

I Need To Do Something

Driven!

A doctor friend of mine mentioned recently that the thing he remembers most about the DSM definition of ADHD is the part that states the person with this disorder may run around in a hyper active state as if "driven by a motor."

He remembered that phrase specifically, and laughed when I asked if he'd noticed anyone in our group who was like that. I did not ask him to identify anyone specifically.

I'm...


ADHD

Please Restrain Me

Let's not get the wrong ideas now ...

That sounds a little risque, doesn't it?

Well, I'm not trying to be risque, but the truth is that that fits in, in a meta sort of way, with today's subject, impulsivity.

You see, the hyperactivity and impulsivity of ADHD are technically the result of poor, reduced, or non-existent  inhibition.

And like so many things, inhibition is both good and bad, depending on the person and the circumstance.
Inhibition...


ADHD

Forget What I Said Before

... and that's not good

What did I tell you? Well forget it.

Wait, don't forget all of it. Be selective. Lots of things I told you are still valid.

But here's something I've mentioned before that I've changed my mind on.
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I have, on maybe more than one occasion, said that if someone doesn't know they have ADHD and you're pretty sure they have it, it's none of your...


ADHD

Thanks A Lot ADHD

Unbreak my heart!

Recently I've been learning more and more about ADHD.

Did you know that Dr. Russel Barkley is saying it isn't an attention deficit disorder?

Quel supprise!

I've been saying that all along.

"We can now say that this is not an attention disorder. This is a problem with persistence toward the future."



But ...
I've been saying it's a problem with attention control, not with attention deficit.

Dr. Barkley is saying it is a ......


ADHD

Then I Opened My Mouth …

I should just keep my mouth shut, but ...

Sometimes I say the wrong thing.

Admittedly, I've gotten good at deleting what I've typed in on social media platforms like I even delete them before I publish them.

And, I've learned how to edit those status updates as well. Pretty good for an old guy, eh?

But in person it's not so easy.
Context is key
I often end up having to repaint the walls...


ADHD

A Different Way Of Thinking?

It's important ...

ADHD is a disorder, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

But what, exactly, is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual?

"Well," you might say, "It's the reference work that defines all the disorders and mental health issues currently known."

To which I might well reply, "Pish tosh!"
What?
Sorry, didn't mean to be so harsh.

But the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) is the current state of our understanding of what we believe are...


ADHD

Static And Distraction

I can't always tune in ...

You know as well as I do that sometimes we engage in things that we should be setting aside because there are more important things to do.

Remember as a child being unable to unplug from the TV or a game or even a book when we should have been getting ready for school or doing our chores or whatever?

We call that distraction, but we...


ADHD

Not Your Average Guy

My needle is shaking ...

I'm not what you might call normal, not average in any way.

Well, okay, I'm average height, I guess, and average weight.

And maybe average would be a good way to describe my looks, I'm not movie star material but I'm also not quite a gargoyle.

But I am not an average person in so many ways, and I've lived a life that isn't all that average as...


ADHD

I Get You

It's an infinite equation

I don't have the same ADHD that you have. No one does. Your ADHD is unique to you.

Wait, that's not an insult.

It's sad, but it's true.

It's true of all of us, each and every one of us.
Why?
When the human brain develops, even when it develops in a way that one might refer to as normal, it is uniquely different from any other brain.

And so too are...


ADHD

Why We Don’t Ask For Help

Yes, but ...

When I was growing up, things were different. We didn't know about ADHD. It wasn't even called ADHD.

When I was growing up there were no medications for this. Well, there were, but they weren't prescribed because for the preceding decades this disorder was being studied in prelude to being defined.

When I was growing up, no one knew what to do with me. Now all that has changed.
Lies!
Yes. That last...