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Rick Fielding BS: Attention Deficit disorder in Adults. (65* d) BS: Attention Deficit disorder in Adults. 09 Jun 03


Hi.
I did my best to check and see if a similar thread to this has appeared before and came up empty.

A few nights ago at a friends place this topic came up and one person mentioned some of the symptoms of the affliction. My ears really perked up because it appeared that I had EVERY ONE (mentioned).

Things like leaving doors and cupboards open (constantly), the inability to follow through on ANYTHING that doesn't interest me. The very tight focus on stuff that DOES fascinate me. The (inadvertant) constantly going off on conversational tangents (does this have anything to do with my over-use of brackets) and the almost instant boredom I feel when topics that DON'T interest me are being discussed (often resulting in jokes). Is impatience with folks who don't "get" things, also a symptom?

It's not that all this behaviour came as a surprise to me, because anyone who's read stuff I write at Mudcat knows about the humour-mileage I get from my bizarre battles with schools and adolescent-hood in general.

What I WASN'T aware of was that it may be part of a 'named' condition. I'm big on 'personal responsibility' and not blaming your fuck-ups on other people or things....I'd rather make jokes than whine.

AlSO...I think I may have always had conditions mixed up in my mind. I thought that ADD was what those little kids in football helmets had, and since I was never much of a hyper type, wouldn't have connected it with me.

Both Heather and Mudcat Jeri also say they see some of those symptoms in themselves......but the thing that I was really mistaken about was that this stuff happened in childhood and then you just (the ones that did) 'grew out of it. I STILL have all the symptoms mentioned the other night. I guess there are "high functioning" folks with this condition as well as those who've found it quite debilitating.

Any thoughts and feedback appreciated. You KNOW how much I value "Vox Populi" over 'Google Searches', ha ha!

Rick


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