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Re: ADD*ADHD and Higher Levels of Intelligence

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One comment before I get onto my original thought – people can’t multi-task. That’s a management thing. They believe it, they invented it to get more out of their minions, er, uh, employees. It’s simply not possible for the human brain, ADHD or otherwise, to multitask. Studies have shown that for each new “task” you take on while doing another you forget or can’t recall something like 20 or 25% of what you just did. For each task added, say 3 instead of 2 tasks, it goes down pretty dramatically. Multi-tasking is a myth made up by bosses and managers. Some of the studies can be found online.

>>I spent public school in a gifted program, but it wasn’t until after 40 that I was diagnosed with ADHD so school was hell for me<<

Yeah, that’s me.

I was trouble in grade school – ya know, all the usual ADD stuff, but when the school – and my parents – were finally concerned enough to pull in an expert – the “school psychologist”, they gave me an IQ test and a bunch of other tests…….the result of the meeting:

Doctor to my mother “doesn’t it scare you”?

Mother (shocked, puzzled, confused) “what do you mean, doesn’t what scare us”?

Doc – That you have a son with such a high IQ?

Mom and Dad, proud, but wondering what’s that got to do with anything – “Not surprised really, but where is this going”

Doc – “the problem with your son in school is all because he’s so highly intelligent he’s beyond all this and he’s bored”

So, the official diagnosis by a psychologist – I was so “intelligent” that I was bored with ordinary school work, most of which I knew already (well, a lot of that is true – my Dad’s aunts used to babysit, and one was a school teacher, and I could read and do math before I even went to school)

My mother is highly intelligent (if not at times a bit misguided if you get her into certain conversations and politics) as are my sons. The youngest was diagnosed with ADHD and had some real troubles. The meds helped, but he didn’t stick with them. The other – very smart, very.

Me, trouble in school – but something I liked, I aced with little study (I never did homework – I can’t recall really doing any at all) I did poorly at math, even though I liked it. I stunk at English! I aced “survey of American Literature” by skimming the books, just glancing, picking up some key points. Never read one of the books the whole class, but passed every test on each book.

Shop classes – that’s where my REAL gift came out. I was running a small engine repair shop by the time I was 16. I bought my first care, and repaired it, when I was 14. I didn’t have to take the intro mechanics classes, but instead did “special projects”. In the final senior auto class, I was chosen to participate in the Plymouth Troubleshooting Contest – and I got a perfect written score, was first in with the repaired car, in the fastest time, and set a record on points that wasn’t broken before the discontinued the contest 3 or 4 years later (Chrysler, money troubles, etc.)

Straight As in college (auto mechanics), deans list. Got my first job after college by short interview, and showing the service manager what was wrong with the car he was trying to fix – glanced that the scope, told him what the problem was with the car – and he hired me on the spot.

It’s similar at work now – I can solve problems that have perplexed even the senior staff for days – or longer.

I’m great to have around in case a virus hits the company computer network………. I thrive on such things and can work very long days non-stop, taking command of the situation and getting folks going the right direction.

I could go on but I think I’ve already proven parts of my symptoms! LOL – rambling!

Maybe I don’t prove there’s a connection between ADD and intelligence, but I believe I support the thoughts on it. You’d never disprove the connection by using me…………