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Speed Is Relative … Even Mine

Relative infinity
Relative infinity

I know several couples where one half is diagnosed as having ADHD and the other is not. But on observing the so called Neuro-Typical or NT component of those relationships by themselves, I’m sometimes left wondering if perhaps they aren’t possibly worthy of a diagnosis themselves.

The earth’s circumference is 24,901.55 miles at the equator. If you are standing at the equator, not moving in relation to the ground on which you stand, you are considered to be still. But, since the earth rotates one complete turn every 24 hours, then any given spot at the equator is travelling at 1037.56 miles per hour, and so are you.

But, if you are on a motorcycle, and moving down the road at 55 miles per hour, and you pass a bicycle rider out for a leisurely ride, going the same way, how slow do they look to be going? Yet, they’re going at a pretty good clip in comparison to those who are walking, or standing by the road side.

If you are standing next to someone who has extreme ADHD, me for instance, you might look quite like an NT. But on your own, there might well be enough to suggest you could be diagnosed.

Please understand that I’m not suggesting that everyone should be screened. If you or someone you know fits the ADHD criteria, but are not being affected negatively, then by all means, soldier on and let others do so also.

But if there are issues, well, read on

I’m fully aware that our symptoms are not unique to us. They occur in every life. The significance of the symptoms in our lives has to do with frequency and intensity, not just existence.

And I’m aware that I perceive people to be possible candidates for ADHD screening more on the basis of adhdisms than symptoms. But then,

See you around ...
See you around …

I’m not a doctor. I can’t diagnose you or anyone else. And if I were to say anything to you, I would only do so if you indicated that you were having trouble with some of the things that traditionally cause us to have trouble. And I would only suggest that there is an issue that you might look into called ADHD, and it may not be what you think it is, and you might find some help if you were to seek out a professional.

And don’t compare yourself to me. It’s all relative, and compared to me, the earth is standing quite still.

Speed Is Relative … Even Mine

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2014). Speed Is Relative … Even Mine. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 15, 2019, from


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