posted on Jul, 28 2015 @ 08:20 PM
You know, I'm dealt with this my whole life, the stigma of saying I have A.D.D. when I wasn't just diagnosed by my doctor, but I went to Kennedy
Krieger Institute as a child of 8 through 10 and was also diagnosed there. Nothing else did I have, only A.D.D., it's so bad I avoid reading books
since the ability to remember 100% of what I'm reading doesn't happen and I've left going back and re-reading over and over and over, never finishing
the book because it's just a chore, instead of a consistent pleasure.
The best analogy I've heard to describe A.D.D. was imagine your brain as a board and the memories you want to make are nails, sometimes the memory if
really focused on out of interest, necessity or another random variable, the nail is driven into the board deeply. However if the memory is something
lackluster or doesn't light up any interest, the nail is barely stuck into the board and ends up falling out after time if not right away, resulting
in no memory being created.
It's really a attention issue coupled with a memory issue.
Increase the focus / interest in said memory to be created and it's a memory often many times can be painted later on it's so well preserved.
Now there have been some pros to these cons.
On the flipside, I've seen many who say they were A.D.D. who clearly had something else, since they might have a symptom or two of A.D.D. but also had
a host of others. I do remember A.D.D. being a goto for almost anything a child complained about at school.
With that said, I would beg to differ about A.D.D. and A.D.H.D. being real, since not only can I see myself having A.D.D. my whole life and reacted
positively ( like night and day ) to medication, I can clearly tell a difference in those who have A.D.H.D. almost right away.
Very interesting thread and thank you everyone for the posts.