Jul 172015
 

Like everyone who has it, I was born with ADD, and it’s permanent.  Technically, the name has changed to ADHD, but that’s misleading for me because I don’t have the “H” – hyperactivity.

adhdI’ll be blogging about this because it’s part of my overall story in ways more profound than you’d expect.  I hope to shed light on the ways it can hinder – and help – me, you, or someone you know, whether it’s in school, work, or life in general.  ADHD is not only a negative, as it can be a positive.  And it can impact the lives of others, too, as my mother’s undiagnosed – and untreated – ADHD contributed to me developing speech problems that ruined my life for two decades.

I have observations that I don’t hear others making and I’d like to do my part to enlighten anyone needing it.  And for you to really understand my life, story, struggles, and triumphs, you must know how ADD manifests in, builds, and destroys me and my life.  And I would love to hear from others about their stories, too.

Despite ADHD, and maybe even because of it at times, I’ve excelled and become very successful, so I hope my story can inspire you.

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Like everyone who has it, I was born with ADD, and it’s permanent.  Technically, the name has changed to ADHD, but that’s misleading for me because I don’t have the “H” – hyperactivity. I’ll be blogging about this because it’s part of my overall story in ways more profound than you’d expect.  I hope to shed […]

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  2 Responses to “Why I Blog About Attention Deficit Disorder”

  1. RE: I call ADD, SHP – wrong name causes havoc.

    Hi Randy, my youngest son was so-called learning disabled, but he went on to be great athlete, and an excellent dentist. He just has mild dyslexia. I live with a so-called ADD person, and after years of studying this person, I love a lot, I realized it wasn’t a disorder, it wasn’t attention deficit. So I came up with my name for it, Saltatory Hyper-attention Phenotype (SHP).
    I wrote about it on my blog, but no one is listening, they’d rather give them drugs so they’ll sit still in school and become good little drones:
    http://athletewithstent.com/2014/10/09/attention-deficit-disorder-add-is-the-wrong-name-and-the-name-is-critical-literally/
    I’m reading a great book on the issue of so-called intelligence, that you might enjoy: The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, by Ken Robinson.
    Wishing you well.
    Kevin aka FitOldDog

  2. PS I love the tee shirt. Deb’s attention is rarely on the same thing for long, but our dog deals with the squirrels, herding them up the trees, where they belong.

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