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What’s The ADHD Word?

One of these?

How diverse is our disorder?

How hard is it to diagnose? How hard is it to define?

Well, the answer to all of those questions is, pretty! Pretty diverse. Pretty hard to diagnose. Pretty hard to define.

And the question that resolves from the mists in the light of “pretty” is … why?

Why, indeed!

ADHD is the subject of much speculation by people with only part of the picture. And I admit to being one of those people.

I’m not a doctor, neither a medical doctor nor a psychiatrist. I’m not a psychologist either. I’m not a coach, nor am I a counselor.

I am, in very sharp point of fact, a client. A consumer, if you like. I am the subject of which the discussion surrounding ADHD is about. I and many others.

We have ADHD

We are what ADHD looks like.

And we are a diverse nation of random instances. We are as diverse as, and possibly more diverse than the NTs, the Neuro Typicals of our world. We are each unique manifestations of this insidious disorder.

Again … Why?

The answer to this lies in our DNA, and our development, or lack thereof. When the brain develops, it develops in a unique way. This is what makes all people individuals.

When our brains develop, there is a further divergence from the norm. Our frontal lobes do not develop as fully. Their ability to produce the chemistry required for efficient internal communication does not develop fully either.

It has even been noted that there is a difference in hemisphere sizes between our brains and so called normal ones. In the “normal” brain there is a marked difference in the sizes of the right and left brain halves. In our brains that difference is not as noticeable, not as pronounced. You’d think that would make us the more balanced ones, am I right?

The point …

We don’t know what causes ADHD to afflict one person and not another, though we know that it is genetically instigated. But we know that divergence or lack of development is the physical cause of ADHD, no matter what causes that to occur.

But there is no control of the “underdevelopment,” and so there is no control of the extent to which it will affect an individual.

Thus, there is no way that two people with ADHD could have exactly the same symptoms to the same extent other than by sheer coincidence.

We are a panoply of individual wonders.

And the ADHD word is … random.

What’s The ADHD Word?

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 on the traditional lands of the Chippewas of Nawash in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or 7 generations and my First Nations friend's families go back hundreds of 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 am a freelance writer and I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about living with 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. (2018). What’s The ADHD Word?. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 5, 2020, from


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