The Tempest

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Queen Bee of A.D.H.D.

Posted by Daniel on Thursday, December 28, 2006

MeopatraIt’s starting to become very clear to me that if you really want to get your message across to those who need to hear it, you can’t be afraid to be dramatic. Sometimes, to the extreme.

Desperate times, and all that.

Hey, if it can work for the likes of Ann Coulter and Tom Cruise, there’s no reason I should expect less for my message, right?

John Howard is using his muscle to turn down a request from the U.S. to embed Australian troops in Iraq.

Rush Limbaugh put his emense weight behind carrying water for the GOP. That is until Republicans lost the mid-term elections…now he can barely carry a bottle of Oxycontin.

MySpacers do it when they send me a request to add them to my “friends” list. It’s funny how they sucker me into it. Their initial page photos are always nice and clean and, for the most part, their OWN. Then when (and IF) I accept them…kablam!…instaporn!!

(Okay, I keep the muscle-cow eye-candy…cause it’s nice and I’m, like, not dead…so long as it’s not the graphic stuff, ya know? I DO have an image to upkeep.)

Tom Delay is using his “good name” to muscle his way onto the internets. Seems starting a grassroots effort to band the Conservative Republicans together and fundraising via the internet is a really good idea to him. Hey Tom, remember back in 2004 when the Democrats used the internet for the very same purpose while you scoffed and said, “The Democratic Party can’t raise campaign money the honest face-to-face way. No sir, they have to resort to bilking money from miscreants on their computers.”? How’s that “bilking” going for YOU?

So if these people and others can use dramatic means to get their message across, why should I be left behind?? It’s not like I’m known for shying away from an issue…or arguement…or food…or Martini’s.

It’s so tough to choose an issue, though. I say it all the time, mostly because it’s so true: There are just so many things I want to say and so many people to bitch about. I just seem to have a problem a)picking a topic off my wall and b)committing myself to it without the A.D.H.D. taking me into a completely different direction.

Much like this post…

So, today I’ve chosen a topic from my wall-o-shame and came up with Adult A.D.H.D. And I’m going to dramatic steps to do it. What does that have to do with Tom Delay or MySpace? Absolutely nothing. That’s my point. I had to get your attention, an if you’ve made it to this point, I think it worked.

Admit it, you saw the picture and said “WTF??”, and you just HAD to find out what it was all about.

Many of you already know how hard it is to maintain a daily blog/diary/journal. It can, at times, be tediously hard. I read MANY blogs and internet journals and I see a certain topic rise up on one or more of them on a daily basis…”What can I write about today?”

I share your angst, people. I really do.

But try doing it with A.D.H.D. It’s not pretty and it’s not fun.

Don’t know much about ADHD? Well, put on your thinking caps and try not to get distracted. 😉

Criteria for Adult ADHD:

  1. Either (1) or (2):
    1. Six (or more) of the following symptoms of inattention have persisted for at least six months to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level:
      Inattention

      1. Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work or other activities
      2. Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities
      3. Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
      4. Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions)
      5. Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities
      6. Often avoids, dislikes or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework)
      7. Often loses things necessary for tasks or activities (e.g., toys, school assignments, pencils, books or tools)
      8. Is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
      9. Is often forgetful in daily activities
    2. Six (or more) of the following symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have persisted for at least six months to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level:
      Hyperactivity

      1. Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat
      2. Often leaves seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected
      3. Often runs about or climbs excessively in situations in which it is inappropriate (in adolescents or adults, may be limited to subjective feelings of restlessness)
      4. Often has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly
      5. Is often “on the go” or often acts as if “driven by a motor”
      6. Often talks excessively

      Impulsivity

      1. Often blurts out answers before questions have been completed
      2. Often has difficulty awaiting turn
      3. Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games)
  2. Some hyperactive-impulsive or inattentive symptoms that caused impairment were present before age 7 years.
  3. Some impairment from the symptoms is present in two or more settings (e.g., at school [or work] and at home).
  4. There must be clear evidence of clinically significant impairment in social, academic or occupational functioning.

Reprinted with permission from American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders. 4th ed. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association, 1994:83-4. Copyright 1994.

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Except for Section 2.c, I “suffer” from every symptom listed above. Or rather, Steve and everyone else in my circle of family and friends suffers me. So why am I writing about this and why did I need to use a picture of “Meopatra” as a way of getting your attention?

Mostly because I wanted to point out that I hear from a lot of people who suffer the same symptoms and who also write. Be it as professional writers or simply personal blog folk. Many of them ask me how I keep it going considering my many self-induced distractions. They also ask what medications are best for ADHD.

First off, I don’t have an answer for the medications…as I don’t take any for this. Much to my doctors’ chagrin. I’ll admit, there will be a time when I’ll have no choice but to give in and take the ADHD meds…but I’ll fight that end as long as I possibly can. Unless my doctor decides to distract me with something shiny and pops a pill into my gaping mouth.

I continue to write the only way I can…sheer dumb luck. It is merely by chance that I even remember I have a blog to write in half the time. Then I look at my computer and see the desktop “sticky note” that says, “Pick topic from walls and write about it.”

Then it all comes back to me, and off I go on another daily rant.

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