Whenever anybody asks me to net out the ADD downside, I always respond… “squandering.” ADD is certainly complex and seems to present different problems for the numerous members of our club. But I put squandering at the top of my list of afflictions.
Many of us squander lots of time, to be sure, busying ourselves with all manner of things, from forum posting and Web surfing to pacing to daydreaming to gaming to meaningless, inconsequential activities. But then time is not the only thing we find “inane” ways of wasting; we frequently squander so many other things, as well: our money, our potential, our talents, our relationships, our opportunities, our careers, and all too often our very lives. If ADD can be compared to a hurricane—leaving incalculable personal devastation in its wake—then the propensity to squander certainly is a major generator of the convection that gives the storm so much destructive power.REPORT ABUSE