Posted by Troll
on February 14, 2000 at 01:29:55:
In Reply to: A.D.D. the Cure posted by Mike on January 14, 2000 at 23:06:38:
: While I grew up I wasn't called HYPERACTIVE
: I was just ENERGETIC
: While I grew up I wasn't called IMPULSIVE
: I was just SPONTANEOUS
: While I grew up I wasn't called DISTRACTIBLE
: I was just CREATIVE
: While I grew up I wasn't called A DAYDREAMER
: I was just IMAGINATIVE
: While I grew up I wasn't called INATTENTIVE
: I was just A GLOBAL THINKER WITH A WIDE FOCUS
: While I grew up I wasn't called UNPREDICTABLE
: I was just FLEXIBLE
: While I grew up I wasn't called ARGUMENTATIVE
: I was just INDEPENDENT
: While I grew up I wasn't called STUBBORN
: I was just COMMITTED
: While I grew up I wasn't called IRRITABLE
: I was just SENSITIVE
: While I grew up I wasn't called AGGRESSIVE
: I was just ASSERTIVE
: While I grew up I wasn't called ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDERED
: I was just UNIQUE
: WAKE UP PARENTS STOP DRUGGING YOUR KIDS
: The children dont have A.D.D. you have been D.U.P.E.D.
: (Dangerous Unsupported Psychiatrist Effused Dung)
I certainly agree with much of what you said. There definitely are some good aspects to being this way, and I think that we should all endeavor to use our inborn talents for our benefit instead of looking at them simply as obstacles.
There are some problems as well, though. And people with this condition certainly suffer from these differences.
In school and at work we experience many problems trying to fit in and function properly, much of which I place the blame on an increasingly robot-like societal structure, which is going to become more necessary as populations increase. ADDers don't work well in this kind of environment.
Aside from that, there are other problems at home, etc. I, for example easily become overwhelmed by too many things to keep track of, am constantly misplacing things, become very easily frustrated with any kind of obstacle, have temper problems, drink too much, and generally can't get my act together in order to function effectively even in my own home. My 6 year-old loses his temper and doesn't have any friends because of his behavior, is very defiant and obstinant when I tell him to do something (or not to do something) and is extremely destructive to our home.
Without doubt, there's a difference here. Whether we want to call ADD a disorder or not depends upon how much of a problem the condition is causing us and those around us. As it stands, it's causing A LOT of problems, so I stand by the assignment of it as a disorder. Medication is an option to help us deal with these things better. I wish that it was not needed, but it's the best solution we have and it's not that bad.