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What Makes an ADHD Brain Different?

A description of what it’s like, moment by moment, to have adult ADHD

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Does the ADD brain think differently?

Dr. Laura Muggli – the brain is just moving so quickly and it’s distracted and it’s you know it’s not here ever it’s always on to the next thing.
Dr. Jain – when you drive a Ferrari let’s be clear you’re always driving down the road looking out the windows because you’re always looking for people look at you right and so there’s a tremendous amount of distraction when it comes down to driving a car that people should look at the fact is is that you’ve got to keep your eyes on the road and focus on what the goal is but you need to understand that what your built like is in fact something good.
Patrick McKenna – I think I will have very good luck in the future.  I think you will have very good luck in the future I know you don’t I don’t think you do know I circled false you’re absolutely right I have absolutely no belief in the future whatsoever hold on okay.

What’s it Like Having Adult ADHD?

Dr. Stan Kutcher – They’ve been ADHD since birth there’s been no change and so they don’t experience what they’re going through as a problem for them in fact what they experience is other people are their problem they’re not their problem other people are their problem because always someone is on their case pick up your this go here and sit down run over here well how come you can’t do your schoolwork properly and the world that they experience the world that they get is a world which is often trying to manage their behaviour and is treating them as if there’s something wrong with them but the kid doesn’t feel as anything wrong with them and that kind of input isn’t usually positive?
Patrick McKenna – I think I’m overwhelmed in here now because I already run at such a high pace inside that this is just like a thousands going on there’s even more voices more senses more distractions it’s very difficult to continue one train of thought because I’m being pulled over by that sound being pulled by the colour of that car but the lights that are going on around here these balloons behind me I want to have them all right now it’s incredible.
Dr. Laura Muggli – so it’s always it’s always on to the next thing you know it’s it’s really hard to stay focused on one thing.
Dr. William E. Pelham – if they’re in a cubicle they stand up and they look over the cubicle to interrupt you while you’re doing your work to say something whatever pops into their head keep you from doing your work or when they see people standing around in the in the lunchroom in the cafeteria talking about something then they might barge in and start talking about something completely different that’s unrelated to the ongoing conversation that bothers people and it makes people shy away from them and not one to spend time with them.
Patrick McKenna – a stream of consciousness and you all do it all the time is something like well last night I was watching TV and I was watching The Simpsons and then my mother called me for dinner and we had steak and steak was good but I really like steak when it’s cooked with barbecue sauce barbecue sauce I can get it Safeway you can also get barbecue sauce at A&P.
Dr. Laura Muggli – inability to pay attention to what’s going on in the classroom.
McKenna – A&P way too far for me to go though because it’s downtown but I could take a bus and that bus is always late the driver is so mean on that bus that stream-of-consciousness where one idea just keeps taking it to the next but really you’re not writing about what you watched on TV last night so that’s the stream of your conscious just kind of going you see how that can be fun that can be entertaining because every idea that and every experience that you had is true when it’s honest and it gives you an emotional reaction.
Dr. William E. Pelham –  the same things happen to kids continue to happen to ADHD adults if they haven’t learned to overcome that and have better social skills and better ways of interacting socially.
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