Yes, I have it—no, I don’t think it’s a big deal. Officially diagnosed when I was 11 (uncommon for the time), it wasn’t until jr. high that I finally began to understand, accept and adapt to the fact that my impaired attention and concentration was controllable if I understood how it affected my life and made intentional adaptations. It helped that my jr. high instituted what was called “modular scheduling” and we moved classes every 20 minutes an ADHD student’s dream.
The following are the ways in which my ADHD has been, and continues to be, apparent.
- I believe I received a “spanking” every Sunday while growing up. I couldn’t sit still or remain quiet during church. On the Sundays I didn’t receive a proper spanking, I was called down from the pulpit and forced to sit on the platform where my father could keep a proper eye on me. Yes, I was spanked—no, it didn’t scar me for life.
- I am the epitome of a multi-tasker. Even now, I am watching an episode of Downton Abby, checking my Facebook on my iPad and writing this entry on my laptop.
- I am a teacher. A middle-school teacher at that. The perfect vocation for one with my “condition”.
- Often passion comes before common sense for us folks. Sometimes that works out and sometimes—not so much.
- I can identify another with ADHD from a mile away—and almost instantly create a bond of hyper-understanding.
See tomorrow’s entry.
Cleary, the bibliophile’s crack cocaine – and not so great an idea for one that tends to be impulsive (writes the one with 240 books on Kindle of which only half have actually been read).
ANXIOUS, things that make me
It used to be that not much made me anxious or at least not for very long. In May 2010, we were in a car accident in which we were hit from behind, on a two-lane highway. For the first time in my entire life, I became anxious beyond my control. I had difficulty riding in the passenger seat (not driving) and two-lane roads are especially difficult for me.
I don’t much like the helpless feeling of not being able to handle feelings of great fear. BUT, I refuse to allow fear to stifle me, so if I am not driving, I simply make sure my iPad is charged and keep myself otherwise occupied. I have also been known to go an hour out of the way to avoid two-lane roads. However–my counselor tells me it is getting better.
iPhone; iPod Shuffle; iPad; MacBook; Apple TV—yes, we are an Apple family. Complete indoctrination—Steve Jobs would be proud.Share on Facebook