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Thursday, August 5. 2010
Readers know I am a bit of a skeptic on the topic of ADD (but not of ADHD in childhood).
To give you a sense of why I am a skeptic, I include a screening test (below the fold) from this website.
Let us know how you scored, in the comments. We'll pretend this is a random sample.
Adult ADD ADHD Test:
More than half (25) checked items on the self adult ADD ADHD test indicates a strong tendency toward adult Attention Deficit Disorder.
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Psych jackassery extends to these goofballs voting this crap into the DSM on an annual basis - if they say road rage is a mental illness, so it shall be.
Naturally, said crap converts nicely into national "health" policy - including regular attempts to make Teen Screen-style mandatory mental health screening part of public school ed - and forms nice profitable pursuits for Big Pharma's various lobby efforts.
Welcome to a type of statist corporatism aimed at making us all not only financially dependent, but making us mentally dependent as well. We're not surprised, are we?
I only checked 8 or 9 (got bored and lost count). I thought I would have scored higher - I certainly have a low tolerance for boredom.
I have a son who has been diagnosed with ADD although I think he too just gets bored. He has no problem concentrating on a video game or Harry Potter book for hours.
I started the test but will have to get back to it later I guess, I'll let you know the results if I do
I had 5 or 6 of these, but it is amazing how many of the symptoms track with low thyroid symptoms...
I think I checked 16. Or was it 17?
I got distracted by the Canada Goose, and lost track.
What a remarkably stupid gaggle of questions. Many of them could apply to any number of mental conditions that you would not want to have to deal with, either in yourself or in a spouse.
This test seems skewed toward identifying Democrat voters and journalists.
16, but it could be 19 or 20, as some of the questions seem to be duplicates. Or, that could be obsessive behavior.
i think it's about distraction --consider the mere hundred generations since the year one, and double that we were proudly neolithic, looking forward to the Age of Bronze. a ridiculously small number of 100 equals the years since 1910, when except for a few engineers and daredevils none of us had ridden in a horseless carriage much less a flying machine.
Now look at us!
Oh, we have ADD? Imagine that!
Oh no! I must have ADD! I better get right on this. But hey, whose fault is it anyway? Someone better watch out!
I racked up 16 points - almost all on distraction and inability to follow directions (NOT a linear thinker!). I always thought my inability to follow directions was because I don't trust anyone to issue them but myself...
My friend Lynn says America was founded by people with ADD - restless and problematic at home, they were always difficult. When they contemplated emigrating, their exhausted relatives all said "Good idea!".
Where's the one for chronic masturbation?
Must be under obsessive behavior.
make it pay --start a self-winding watch watch winding service
So many glib or dismissive comments here. If you have ADD, life is different, and not by choice. ADD is the death of a thousand cuts in a world that thinks punctuality is a choice, not a talent; that timely record-keeping and submission is a simple chore and not a daily struggle; and that an ability to focus on what is boring or uninteresting is a sign of self-control and maturity.
Funny, though, that no one thinks an inability to sing on key is due to laziness or lack of discipline; that an inability to figure square roots in your head is due to poor habits; that those who can hit a golf ball straight or throw perfect spiral passes give evidence of mental maturity or mental self-control.
ADD exists for a reason, else evolution would have edited it out long ago. Each tribe needed a few creatives who could look beyond the daily bear-skinning and berry picking, to imagine new ways of chipping flint, notice that something was amiss in the brush around the water hole, envision something other than war with the tribe one valley over.
ADD allows - make that demands - frequent departure from the mundane world to enable frequent immersion in an inner world of possibility, connection, and invention. The inner world is a place of hyperfocus, not lack of focus. It's an ADD person's cross AND salvation to not always be able to choose what to pay attention to. Cross, because it means a life of unending petty criticisms, fines, oops moments, and self-castigations. Salvation, because it is a lifelong bypass of much of what's dehumanizing and numbing, in favor of what's fresh, energizing, and not-yet-created.
ADD is situational. An ADD mid-manager or accountant will fail. An ADD writer or designer has an extraordinary advantage. The only treatment an ADD person needs is to find the kind of job and environment in which the gift of ADD can flourish.
The "glib and dismissive comments" come from a reaction to over-labeling. As the saying goes, if you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. IMHO, too many people are given the Special Ed labels. By that checklist, I might be labeled ADD, yet I doubt I am afflicted with ADD. Even some people in the labeling professions are aware of over-labeling, such as an old friend of mine who is a Special Ed teacher.
If someone had told me back in college 30-some years ago that when I hit my fifties I'd get an open-ended prescription for as much pharmaceutical-grade speed as I wanted to take, I'd have laughed at them.
If they then tried to convince me that my insurance plan would pay the entire bill for all of that speed for me, I'd probably quickly start edging away from the nutjob before he began foaming at the mouth.
i know --me too. I went to a quit-smoking doc a few years ago, and ended up with an ADD diagnosis and a script for speed --which i don't use very often because i've already ruined my life and so why bother now. but IF i had only known --well, you know that recurring nightmare people have, that they show up for class for the first time on the day of the final, and they're completely naked? well for me it was recurring real life --along with never able to take a shot of mescal without waking up in a Barranquilla back alley with Sy Phyllis Sally on my lap, or a snort of coke without coming-to running from a FARC death squad high up in the Colombian Andes, or a hit o acid without waking up in the Chiracahuan Desert with Carlos Castaneda hollering at me to quit hogging the blanket
A fellow co-worker (married 4 times, children by three of them), said he once was married to a psychologist. He said he knew what the lead article in "Psychology Today" was by her latest diagnosis of his problem(s). He had no children with that one.
I started to take the... uh... what? Oooh! Look! Shiny!
I checked 3 -
Transposes numbers, letters or words.
Has difficulty maintaining an organized work and/or home environment.
Has poor financial management and frequent late bills.
OMG I'm about to cry its me all the way i need help but do not know how to say it or even tell my doctor I have felt different my whole life....