Friday, January 23, 2009

A quick answer to a comment question

This is to give a little clarification to konnie in my last post. When I was a child, ADD wasn't even realized as a medical condition, didn't even have a name for it, I don't think. It wasn't until I was in High School that it was identified as a true medical issue, and then they believed it was something only boys developed. Wasn't until I was in college and read a book about ADD that I learned about the different types of ADD. I have the type that is typical for most women and that's where we Internalize it.

Instead of the typical outward signs of AD/HD, hyperactivity and lack of concentration, sometimes I can be so into something, say a really good book or TV program (or blogging), I exclude everything else that is going on around me. My poor family and teachers, as I was growing up, would sometimes actually yell or have to touch me to get my attention back in the real world. It's not daydreaming cause I only do it when I read or watch TV, something along those lines.

But, the hyperactivity does come in when I'm trying to get things done. That's the hardest part, I'm trying to think of all the different things I have to get done and prioritize and then one thing I'm doing triggers another line of thought and on and on....A good example is if you start at one website, then see a link for one you think sounds interesting and open another window for it, then you see another link and another and another, pretty soon your computer is covered with all these open windows and you want to read them all, but you soon don't remember where you even started and then, well, I think you kind of get the idea.

Where my medication helps is that I don't get all those thoughts streaming off in 1000 different directions and I am able to focus on the task at hand, without being so "into" it that I tune everything else out. Don't know how it works, but it does. Thank goodness, my Diet Coke bill has decreased dramatically! I guess I'm one of the many people who stumbled across the fact that a stimulant, like the caffeine in Diet Coke, helps with the symptoms of ADD.

In college I was no good in any of my classes until I had at least 2-3 Diet Cokes, learned I was just doing kind of a self-medicating thing. Until this past year I would still have at least 2 or more diet cokes (cans) per day. Man, I should have bought some stock in Coca-Cola a long time ago!

Well, there ya go, a perfect example of my ADD, I went from explaining about my past history of ADD all the way to buying stock in a soda company! Oh well, that's part of it, my co-workers are always kind of amazed at how I can associate things so quickly. The sheriff loves coming into the office I work in and visit with me. He comes to yak about some generic problem he's having and then after a few minutes, I'll figure out another angle that it can be tackled at right off the bat, then he just looks at me funny and mutters something like "Hmm, I think I better go check something out, thanks" and off he goes.

Well, speaking of off I go, hope you've enjoyed a little insight into the brain of an adult woman with ADD. I have a link to the Adult ADD Association to the right with my favorite links and they have a wealth of information for people who have ADD or who know someone with ADD and would just like to learn more about it. Til later!

1 comment:

MaBunny said...

Good explanation Nik! Hope ya'll are doing well!

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