posted on Jul, 14 2008 @ 12:55 AM
I've been thinking about this lately because I have it, and it just seems that in many ways it has been a blessing for me with more Pros then Cons. I
think the traditional way of thinking(Non-ADHD and ADDer's) seems to be out dated - No offense
Us with ADD or ADHD think a lot faster and multi task more seem to be seasoned for what the future. i.e Faster everything, extremely opened mind, a
lot of energy, and our minds function like a super fast computer ready to download new data, and solve new problems.
I don't think I have a problem with paying attention or comprehending-Its just I take in what ever I want to know and move on to the next thing, what
ever interest me and leave the rest. Having ADHD is has its "bads" too but the only thing I think thats bad about it is that some things are harder
to control for the normal person to understand you.
Some Doctors say ADHD & ADD is a myth because their is no clinical evidence to show from a Cat Scan, or any other testing that their is something
wrong with the alleged ADD'er. Their has been a dramatic increase in the early to mid 1900's with record growth in ADD & ADHD diagnoses.
My son who is 3 years old, I believe also may have ADHD. He's very hyper active and show characteristics of the "classic" ADHD symptoms BUT he is
extremely smart-I think gifted, he's way beyond his age mentally. I know for a fact because I have other children in my family and friends with kids
that are the same age as him, an hes more advance then their are. I would say his mentality is that of a 5 or 6 year old.
These are the characteristics of Gifted and ADHD children
Research indicates that in many cases, a child is diagnosed with ADHD when in fact the child is gifted and reacting to an inappropriate curriculum
(Webb & Latimer, 1993). The key to distinguishing between the two is the pervasiveness of the "acting out" behaviors. If the acting out is specific
to certain situations, the child's behavior is more likely related to giftedness; whereas, if the behavior is consistent across all situations, the
child's behavior is more likely related to ADHD. It is also possible for a child to be BOTH gifted and ADHD. The following lists highlight the
similarities between giftedness and ADHD.
Characteristics of Gifted Students Who Are Bored
* Poor attention and daydreaming when bored
* Low tolerance for persistence on tasks that seem irrelevant
* Begin many projects, see few to completion
* Development of judgment lags behind intellectual growth
* Intensity may lead to power struggles with authorities
* High activity level; may need less sleep
* Difficulty restraining desire to talk; may be disruptive
* Question rules, customs, and traditions
* Lose work, forget homework, are disorganized
* May appear careless
* Highly sensitive to criticism
* Do not exhibit problem behaviors in all situations
* More consistent levels of performance at a fairly consistent pace
(Cline, 1999; Webb & Latimer, 1993)
Characteristics of Students with ADHD
* Poorly sustained attention
* Diminished persistence on tasks not having immediate consequences
* Often shift from one uncompleted activity to another
* Impulsivity, poor delay of gratification
* Impaired adherence to commands to regulate or inhibit behavior in social contexts
* More active, restless than other children
* Often talk excessively
* Often interrupt or intrude on others (e.g., butt into games)
* Difficulty adhering to rules and regulations
* Often lose things necessary for tasks or activities at home or school
* May appear inattentive to details
* Highly sensitive to criticism
* Problem behaviors exist in all settings, but in some are more severe
* Variability in task performance and time used to accomplish tasks.
(Barkley, 1990; Cline, 1999; Webb & Latimer, 1993)
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