The Cost Of Innovation

What is this cost?

We don't get a lot of compliments when it comes to our ADHD symptoms.

I'm not saying we don't get any, but we mostly have to give them to ourselves.

When we do get compliments, it is rare that they are given as compliments to ourselves and more likely that they come with the tagline, "See, I told you you could do it if you just put your...


Don’t Judge, But …

I see ...

When you have ADHD, you know what it's like to be judged. I spend a lot of time remembering that from school, from work, from social connections.

It's taken me to a place in my life where I am constantly keeping my guard up, constantly watching what I do, and constantly examining my actions.

And yes, at the age of sixty-one, it has helped.

Between my knowing and admitting immediately the fact that...

Adult ADHD

Sometimes Self Aware

I am aware of myself sometimes ...

I suffer with ADHD. It's also called ADD sometimes, but my variety definitely has the H in it.

I also suffer from FS, I   think it's called FS, Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Additionally I have COPD, I can never remember what that stands for but it means I don't breathe as well as I should.

I also now apparently have heart disease or some kind of heart issue.

And there...


ADHD Is Like Pie

Like life, pie needs to be well baked

Life is like pie, the sweeter it is, the more you want of it.

Also, the flakier it is the more enjoyable it is.

Also, the filling isn't everything, but without it the pie is pretty much just crust.

And also, each time you eat a slice, you have less of it left.
And ...
Yeah, I could go on forever. I got the idea for this...


The Good, The Bad, And The Impulsive

I'll take it!

How's your impulse control?

Or is controlling them really the problem? How is it an impulse if we don't follow through?

Maybe what it is is that we have impulses. Do NT's not have impulses? If they think of something and then don't do it, is that even an impulse?
I think not!
Today I went grocery shopping. I used to love grocery shopping. Now I hate it.

I mean, I...


If I Wanted To

One of many report cards of gloom

My report cards from school are like everyone else's report cards from school.

That is, they have grades and comments on them.

And they are like the report cards of everyone else who has ADHD. Especially the comments.

The grades probably bear some resemblance to the grades of other people with ADHD as well, but let's not get into a contest here, 'kay?
The comments tell the...


You Know That Thing That Needs To Be Done?

Insulate the floor? I can do that ...

You know that thing that needs to be done in your house?

The one your spouse wants you to hire someone to do?

That thing that is maybe in the realm of the professional repair person?

And you can clearly see what needs doing and it's on your mind all the time?
Yeah, that thing!
I know what you're talking about. My life used to be...


ADHD And The Finish Line

Crossing that line is the hardest ...

Sometimes we forget to finish things. And other times we forget to stop when things are finished.

I can't think of a single time when I was working on something and got to the end and then said, "Okay, done. What's next?"

And that's because one of three things always happens.

And when I say always, I mean that never in the history of Kelly J. Babcock has...


Disorder Or Disability

... but is it a disorder?

ADHD is a disorder. It says so in the name. Attention Deficit Hyperactive DISORDER.

But is it a disability?

Disability: A physical or mental condition that significantly limits a person's motor, sensory, or cognitive abilities. The condition of being unable to perform a task or function because...


Waiting In Line


People with ADHD are renowned for not appreciating waiting in line.

In fact, in some cases that's an understatement. It's like saying Kilimanjaro is a big hill.

Some of us will actually turn the other way and walk away rather than wait in a line up, even if that means a greater detriment to ourselves.

It is the same kind of thing that happens to us when we cannot bring ourselves to do...