Surprise–I’ve got problems. Granted no one who knows me well (or kind of knows me, or might have met me once upon a time, or has passed me on the street) is going to be too shocked by this assessment, but here’s the thing: I’m fluttery.
You know what I mean, that jittery feeling you get when you can’t settle on any one thing at a time. Here’s the scenario: I was sweeping the kitchen the other day (that’s not the surprising part…okay it’s KIND of surprising) and I absolutely could not finish the task without starting five other projects. Simultaneously, my husband (who is decidedly NOT fluttery) was listening to Dr. Oz discuss ADHD, a disorder which I have long thought I have because I’ve always been fluttery. As a child in grade school I had a good deal of trouble focusing, but such things weren’t diagnosed back in the day as we were too busy trying to create fire. Anyway, as the years went by I learned to control my wandering (wondering?) mind to a degree, but obviously, as evidenced by the floor sweeping debacle, I’m not very normal. So I went online and took the screener to determine the probability of my having the disorder.
Firstly, they were very careful to explain that it is important to receive a real medical evaluation and not simply rely on this test. But here it is. Please choose between these answers: Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Often, Very Often
1. How often do you have trouble wrapping up the final details of a project after the challenging parts have been done?
2. How often do you have difficulty getting things in order when the task requires a great deal of organization?
3. How often do you have problems remembering appointments or obligations?
4. When you have a task that requires a lot of thought, how often do you have trouble getting started?
5. How often do you fidget or squirm with your hands or feet when you sit down for a long time?
6. How often do you feel overly active and compelled to do things like you’re driven by a motor?
It was a little more complicated than this, but basically, if you answered four or more questions with sometimes or more often you MAY have ADHD. You can go to http://www.concerta.net/adult/about-adhd-adhd-symptom-assessment-screener.html to take the quiz online.
I did that, of course, and according to the above-mentioned test I REAAALLY have ADHD. The following bit of information sealed the deal. It said people with the disorder often experience:
A tendency to hyperfocus on activities of interest, losing track of time and surroundings
Excessive talkativeness with a tendency to interrupt others and/or speak too loudly
Difficulties in establishing stable household routines
Problems with managing money such as overspending and not paying bills or doing taxes
Having accidents more often than most people
Difficulty completing work or university assignments
Bad driving record, with a history of speeding tickets or other problems.
Okay, yup, I basically have all those problems. But when I read the ad at the top of the page for Concerta, a drug to increase focus and balance moods, I was a little leery and continued to research.
Another article told me that individuals with ADHD tend to be:
Non-linear in their thinking (they leap to new conclusions or observations)
Easily distracted (or, to put it differently, easily attracted to new stimuli) Capable of extraordinary hyperfocus
Understanding of what it means to be an “outsider”
All of these qualities lead them to be natural explorers, inventors, discoveries, and leaders.
Huh! I want to be like Albert Einstein. Or even ol’ Walt. Who doesn’t want to live in Disneyland? So what do I do with this information? I stake the disorder for my own, of course. See, I don’t want a handicap, and I certainly don’t want to be drugged, I just want to claim the good stuff (maybe even use it toward my betterment) and have a handy excuse for my bad stuff.
So what about you? Do you think you might have ADHD? Do your children? Does everyone…at least to a certain degree? Or do you have some other disorder you’re particularly fond of? And if so, what do you plan to do about it?