Both my son and I have this gawd-awful-totally-misunderstood-dreadful-allergy. That's how I like to refer to 'it'. We're allergic to focus and
order, time-management, anything sedentary, everything slow, routines, schedules...basically everything that makes normal daily lives functional.
It really does have a stigma attached to the label, which is another reason we like to refer to it as "allergies". We both actually do have
horrible allergies as well. I've often wondered if there were a link between the two diagnosis.
I have three children, he's my middle child and it just so happens the two of us really are Aquarians
(January birthdates - 4 days apart)! Go
A few noticeable traits we share, and have found many other ADD/ADHDers also share (depending on their level/severity):
We are both considered accelerated in Math and Science. For instance, he's a 6th grader, taking 8th grade math and has been recommended/referred by
the state school board for Algebra I (high school level) for next year. He'll be entering the 7th grade.
We both have 'sensory' issues (I can't think of the term at this moment), something that has to do with fine motor skills and writting (can't
remember what else it entails). He's been professionally labeled with this (supposed) disability (the Psych's label), while I haven't been
formally pinned with that one, but do share the same 'doctor-style' hand-writing. (I was always so jealous of the pretty girly writing of my
High IQs; although, it doesn't really seem to matter much, since it's hard to get through studies anyway. We're usually the ones with "talks
excessively or too much" on our school progress reports, that and the famous, "she/he is smart, but doesn't apply him/herself, nor follow
My desk was always pushed up to the teacher's desk, sometimes even moved to the hallway.
Often times we're labeled 'Gifted' or even 'Autistic' (not sure I understand the reason for that one).
We don't seem to understand grammar or spelling rules. We never learn that way. Always have to 'memorize' the words or answers for testing
purposes, as logic and sequence don't seem to make sense to us (at least not at first, if it ever does).
Oh man, I could write all day. Hey look! My mind is just going with this one. lol.
Did I mention that we're both Aquarians (ispell checker keeps wanting to flag this one, it looks correct)? My other children are Cancer and Taurus
and totally 'normal'-no allergies, nor ADHD, perfectly healthy.
[edit on 1-6-2009 by SourGrapes]