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My Friend, describes himself as having Adult Attention Deficit Disorder.   That's a great description of me.   As a child,  I would study for a 1/2 hour,  goof off for an hour.   This pattern continues.

In college,  I would find any excuse not to study.

In Law School, I developed a method.  I would either have two large Dunkin Donuts Coffees near me so I could be distracted or I would chew gum to keep busy.  I haven't chewed a piece of gum in 25 years.

Now I pace.   I've developed a very anal system to review and update my files.  I pace, I drink water, I talk to the people that I work with,  I write.

I will never be able to sit in one place working for more than 1/2 hour.  I know this.  I compensate.  It sometimes takes me longer to do something than it should.

Had I been born 25 years later they would have called it ADD.  Had I not been able to learn while wasting time I would have been called a behavior problem or a slow learner.   I was neither.  I wonder how many who weren't able to compensate fell through the cracks?

I no longer think that I'm lazy.  I think that there is a chemical problem that I have effectively compensated for.

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wibblywobbly
Jun. 14th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
me too. I so have ADD, but I've figured out my own messed up system to deal. It's much less scary than taking ritalin for the rest of my life.
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