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Re: OK, I'm having some trouble getting my head around this concept: “Disorder”

Re: OK, I'm having some trouble getting my head around this concept: “Disorder”2011-11-01T00:24:44+00:00

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I’m with Gary on this one. Maybe it differs from person to person……

The thing is, many creative types are lucky enough to figure it out early in life (most without being diagnosed) and end up pursuing careers that fit their ADHD thought patterns. We got lost in the particulars, but are somehow pretty great at coming up with the initial ideas. I’ve begun to even trust the fact that while I may not be thinking about a problem, there’s a part of my brain that is still working on it subconsciously. I know this because all of a sudden the solution will hit me out of the blue, and that’s when I realized that I never stopped thinking about it.

Many comedians and actors have had ADHD, and I know that my own forays into that field have yielded some pretty cool results, especially within the area of improv comedy. And yes, I do attribute it to ADHD – which by the way I consider to be *part* of my personality as well – in that, the ideas will just come to me, while I’m supposed to be working on something else. It’s what causes me to blurt out stuff in the middle of a boring meeting at work, and most of the time people look at me, slightly stunned before going off into laughter. It’s fun, and I embrace that part of the ADHD essence – now that I know what it is and have finally been diagnosed.

To be sure though, like many here, it has served as a detriment as well. I did lousy in a lot of school stuff because of it. Like so many here, I learned and adapted throughout life (without knowledge of my ADHD) in order to fit in where I could. I couldn’t seem to study as other normal people could, so I found workarounds, and learned that imminent deadlines helped me to hyper focus (with my heart racing). I also learned to “fake it” at work: delegating work that I knew I’d never complete, or avoiding assignments where failure was assured.

I recognize that I’m quickly drawn to stuff that interests me, which often don’t actually serve me at the moment. The corollary to that is that I lose interest fast when there’s even a hint of boredom and drudgery. As Rick and Dr. J have mentioned: the key to managing some of the stuff that we suck at in life is to get the proper tools and get the help we need. Coaching is a good idea, as is (if we’re making enough money) assistants to deal with the mundane stuff. Entrepreneurs with ADHD have learned this very well (I know, having spoken to some): they surround themselves with people whose abilities shine where an person with ADHD will not. If we’re lucky, we end up with wives or husbands who are one of the “normies”. :)

Having said that, I truly enjoy the “bright shiny balls of thought” that flip around in my head sometimes, distracting me with their wonder. In this, I embrace ADHD as a friend, rather than just a “disorder”.