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Eliminating Distractions – Video

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Patrick demonstrates how the school system attempted to control his undiagnosed and untreated ADHD when he was a child.

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5 Responses to “Eliminating Distractions”

  1. ritac says:

    HAHAHAHA!!! OMG, yes.
    In 5th grade, I was an overachiever. I had stomach aches often (really?), and missed a lot of school. (Kids scared me, I guess. I don’t remember now why I hated school…. but I can guess.) Easy to just stay home, because Mom left the house before my sister and I did, to get to her job or school or AA meeting. I missed 1 or 2 days of school per week – AND was also in “special” school one day a week for the smart kids, to add that extra challenges the smart kids thrive on. But no one told my Mom I was missing so many days of “regular” school. (not the special school, that I never missed.) Until she saw my report card! Whoa. Trouble. So the next year, there was a new idea, a new concept – Open School! Mom signed us up. No walls. No discipline. Lots of bright colors, music, some instruction…. did I mention no discipline? That was the year that jacks became popular again, that game with the little super ball and a dozen or so pointy stars, the jacks. I got good at that game, played it over and over. And over. Each game lasted 5 minutes or less. There was always incentive to play another. And another. Can you say dopamine? I knew you could! Yep. Those were the days, my friend. Did I learn? No. My overachieving days in school were done. I did ok. But not great. Not to my potential, which was considerable. …sigh… I’ve not thought of this in many years. I DID show symptoms of ADD when I was a kid. And I thought that I have adult-onset ADD. Who knew?

  2. Rick says:

    Love that we distracted you @karacanis.

    But hopefully the videos are proving helpful in your research. (If you publish a scientific paper, will you cite us as a source? That would be very cool.)

  3. karacanis says:

    Here I am suppose to be writing a research paper on ADHD and Im watching videos. I have literally been distracted for hours. Trying so hard to work with my ADHD right now.

    An ADHD College Student

  4. moonie says:

    holy moly. i was kicked out of private school in 3rd grade. they switched one of my classes to this type of format and i never stayed in my seat for a full class after that. makes so much sense now. the principal asked my mom not to bring me back after i was diagnosed with ADHD. they didnt “believe in it”.

  5. Jen says:

    Oh, yeah. I teach in one of those open classroom schools – only now we have the walls put in. THANK GOODNESS!

    Now if we could just eliminate the PA announcements, the phone calls, the tardies…