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The Century of Speed in the Nation of Speed; overwhelming for those with ADHD.

Fast man!I don’t know how to say it any other way; society is overwhelming me.  My brain and head has been spinning for weeks trying to get my hands around the problem, but it’s so big.  As I review the changes in the U.S. economy, technology, and communication, it makes my ADHD spin.

I run a for profit company (technically) and manufacture light bulbs.  When I attempted to get them manufactured in the U.S., I couldn’t find anyone willing to do it.  Everything was done in China or Mexico.

I’m just a one-woman show, but I sincerely believed in my product, so I went overseas to make it – everybody else did!  I didn’t have a choice, so I turned my head to the pollution, conditions of the factory, and pay to the workers.  It was just a ‘normal’ part of doing business in China.

I have a brother that worked in the auto industry, and wrote a book on the various ways manufacturers were getting around issues so they could stay competitive, called Eating the Hand that Feeds U.S.  He ended up leaving the company because of how these executives were ruining everything both Republicans and Democrats had worked so hard and diligently to build in America, and he simply could not take part in it.  I can’t tell you how much I respect him for doing so.

This is where the ADHD kicks in.  Our nation became a land of impulses.  Demanding the best, cheapest, highest quality, newest, greatest of everything.  Moving so very fast, making decisions even faster, with no real understanding of the long term ramifications.  We justified our foreign cars because of price and quality, yet we disregarded the fact that the factories paid next to nothing and didn’t care about the environment.  All that hard work by environmentalists in the U.S. gone in an instant.  All that hard work of manufacturers to build something we can be proud of – gone in an instant.

The media continues to make it worse, as the drama is getting more and more significant to capture ‘ratings.’  We are bombarded at a faster and faster rate, as technology becomes speedier and information hits us in increasingly varied rates.  Everyone wants their message to be heard, and does not have a problem stepping on toes to make it heard.  Survival of the fittest.

I see so many around me angry, without jobs, foreclosing on houses, blaming Democrats or Republicans, yet they drive foreign cars, brag about their latest ‘deal’ at the store, and won’t buy a light bulb for what it will cost to make in the U.S. by the standards we all set in the first place.   I’m finding it harder and harder to try to run a business, as it challenges my ethics daily.

From everything I have researched, I don’t believe CFLs will have an overall positive impact.  I am finding it impossible to convince people that manufacturing in the U.S. is more important than price, and putting the time and energy into a project where consumers demand more and more without loyalty is exhausting.

It seems to me, as a nation, we are getting destroyed by our impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity, classic symptoms of someone with ADHD.  Yet thankfull we can treat our ADHD.  How can we possibly treat a nation?

As a person who has ADHD I know the real detriment it can do if left unchecked and untreated.  I hope that as a nation we start understanding that reacting to media is not always better, that having loyalty to a specific company is a good thing, and that moving too fast can harm rather than help society.

What are your thoughts?  Are we living in a time of ADHD?  How does it affect your ADHD?  How can we treat this societal problem.  Is it a problem?

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The Century of Speed in the Nation of Speed; overwhelming for those with ADHD.

Kathryn Goetzke

I own a company called the Mood-factory (, a company that creates products based on how sensory experiences effect moods. I also run a nonprofit for depressio, iFred (, we are working to change the brand of depression. And yes, I have ADHD, along with PTSD, major depressive disorder, and a host of other challenges, opportunities, and gifts.

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Goetzke, K. (2010). The Century of Speed in the Nation of Speed; overwhelming for those with ADHD.. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 31, 2020, from


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