posted on Jun, 1 2009 @ 01:09 PM
I agree with everyone that ADHD and ADD are a symptom of the bigger problem of our current child-raising techniques, however:
ADHD is not all bad. I have never taken medication for mine, luckily I have a wonderful mother. I was always hyperactive, but we just dealt with it.
At age 35, I got tested, because I wanted to get some Adderall to try out and possibly supplement my study habits. I also got blood tests and a
prescription for Testosterone at the same time, lol!
I agree that this condition if managed properly (by training / not medicine) is an improvement. I had perfect A's all through school despite staying
in trouble for challenging teachers, interfering in class and so on. I went to college on academic scholarships, and attained very high grades there
as well. Ironically, I would have qualified for "learning disability" accomodations such as more time for tests, quiet/private settings, etc. Many
college students take advantage of this diagnosis today, whether they need to or not!
None of what follows is meant for bragging at all. It is just some of the things I deal with, that I consider benefits, but parents and psychologists
would consider "conditions."
I can carry on a seperate conversation with more than 5 people simultaneously. In public places I hear and remember the conversations of everyone
around me without taking any focus off my group. It is fun to interject a comment on a bystanders conversation every now and then. I can tell you
which couples in the restaurant are on first dates, casual affairs, first night out in awhile, breakups, etc., by their conversations. I can also
tell you which waiters/waitresses are having good nights, bad nights, about to get off, just came in, about to quit, etc.
I can watch TV, listen to the Radio, and study or read at the same time, and still answer questions from my wife when she hollers them out.
I can play Chess with my brother at family events and win, even though I often walk away, hold other conversations, or watch football on TV at the
same time, and he is an excellent Chess player. He doesn't lose often. The same goes for poker or card games.
I can compose things on this site, while reading other emails and talking on my phone at work, LOL!
My birthdate was a very significant date on the Mayan Calendar (I just learned that through this site a couple of weeks ago). I am an Aquarius! It
appears my two sons are also going to be intelligent, hyperactive, and troublesome!
There were plenty of disadvantage. My mother had to force me not to quit things when I became disinterested. I have had many bad relationships for
the same reason. It is very, very hard to focus on one thing, and therefore less enjoyable to go to a movie, or have an intimate one on one
conversation. I was consistently in trouble at school because I was working on something totally unrelated to what the teacher was teaching, or I was
not in my desk, or sometimes not in the room at all. I got away with these things because of my high grades, but stayed in trouble none the less. My
metabolism was very high and it was impossible to put on any weight when I was younger, but I insisted on playing football and wrestling. As an
adult, my stress level is high, and I have to continually find new creative outlets, or I start to sabotage the mundane aspects of being an adult
(i.e. Job, Schedule, Honey-Do's).
Just my take, hope someone finds it useful to the topic at hand.
I do believe we are beginning the Age of Aquarius, and it is an enlightened age!