Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder – Humor

  A. A. A. D. D.
 (Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder)

 This is how it manifests:
 I decide to water my lawn.
 As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over
 at my car and decide my car needs washing.
 As I start toward the garage, I notice that there
 is mail on the porch table that I brought up from
 the mail box earlier.
 I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.
 I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail
 in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the
 can is full.
 So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take
 out the garbage first.
 But then I think, since I’m going to be near the mailbox
 when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay
 the bills first.
 I take my check book off the table, and see that there
 is only one check left.
 My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go
 inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Coke
 that I had been drinking.
 I’m going to look for my checks, but first I need to push
 the Coke aside so that I don’t accidentally knock it over.
 I see that the Coke is getting warm, and I decide I should
 put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.
 As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke a vase of
 flowers on the counter catches my eye – they need to be
 I set the Coke down on the counter, and I discover my
 reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning.
 I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first
 I’m going to water the flowers.
 I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a
 container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote.
 Someone left it on the kitchen table.
 I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I will
 be looking for the remote, but I won’t remember that it’s
 on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the
 living room where it belongs, but first I’ll water the flowers.
 I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills
 on the floor.
 So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some
 towels and wipe up the spill.
 Then I head down the hall trying to remember what I was
 planning to do.
 At the end of the day:
 the lawn isn’t watered,
 the car isn’t washed,
 the bills aren’t paid,
 there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter,
 the flowers don’t have enough water,
 there is still only one check in my check book,
 I can’t find the remote,
 I can’t find my glasses,
 I don’t remember what I did with the car keys,
 and my neighbor called to tell me he turned off the hose
 that was flooding the driveway.
 Then when I try to figure out why nothing got done today,
 I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all day long,
 and I’m really tired. I realize this is a serious problem,
 and I’ll try to get some help for it, but first I’ll check my e-mail.
 Do me a favor, will you? Forward this message to someone
 you know, because I may not remember to whom it has been sent.
 Don’t laugh — if this isn’t you yet, your day is coming!


**Original source unknown


Time Management for ADHD Adults

ADHD adults are typically challenged by completing tasks and especially completing tasks ‘on time’. We’ll discuss this further in an upcoming class but here are a few tips that may help you to get started.

1. Start by asking yourself    

  • How important is this task to YOU?    
  • How important is it to YOU that you complete it? I recommend a scale of 1-10; [10 = High]. If the task is a #7 or below it’s not likely you’ll get done (on time).

2. Plan your time ‘realistically’. Establish a goal or deadline for completion of your tasks/project. Question: Is your intended date for completion realistic? Do yourself a favor and add extra time (days/hours) to complete your project. 3. Use an A, B, C Prioritization system.

  • First of all, make a list of ALL your things TO DO (related to this task/project).
  • Next, on the left hand column of your list, place the letter “A” next to every task that is both IMPORTANT and URGENT.
  • Next place a “B” next to every task that is IMPORTANT but not “urgent”.
  • Finally, place a “C” next to each item that is neither “important” nor “urgent”.
  • Now return to your “A’s” and number them from 1-10 in order of MOST IMPORTANT and MOST URGENT.
  • Now start with your “A-1” until completed. Then move to “A-2”.
  • Update this prioritization process EVERY DAY as some items will increase or decrease in their level importance and urgency.

Who has adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Who has adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

By Psychology 

You’re distracted at work, behind the wheel, at dinner with your spouse. You can’t remember what someone said just minutes after speaking to them. When you see one of those drug ads on TV, you think, “Hey, that’s me! I lose my keys all the time.”

It seems like half of the working world is wondering whether they have attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Word is out that it doesn’t affect just kids: Experts say attention deficit also strikes an estimated 4 to 8 percent of adults, many of whom had it as children but were never diagnosed.

Now over-stimulated, overscheduled grown-ups are flocking to doctors in hopes that a pill can cure a scattered brain. But unlike the fairly clear-cut symptoms of depression and schizophrenia, symptoms of ADHD are considerably fuzzier. A diagnosis is in large part a doctor’s subjective interpretation. (Characteristic patterns have been detected in brain scans of ADHD patients, but few doctors use them in diagnosis.)

ADHD may manifest in a variety of ways: restlessness and distraction, short- term memory impairment, blurting out inappropriate thoughts, difficulty organizing activities, failing to follow through on a project or finish one’s work. In short, all behaviors that are part of being human in the modern world. Perhaps that’s why a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found 20 percent of Americans believe ADHD is a bogus disease.

So when does normal behavior cross the line? For clinicians, the buzzword is impairment: The symptoms are so severe that a person is failing in some part of life. Among experts, however, there is strong disagreement over what the standard of comparison for impairment should be. Should a distracted lawyer be compared with others who have similar cognitive abilities? Or should a lawyer be compared to a grocery store clerk or a bus driver — whose job doesn’t require the same intellectual focus?Some researchers say there is a danger of creating different standards for various strata of society.

Already, there’s evidence that a diagnosis of attention deficit depends largely on socioeconomic status and access to mental health care. Of adults who are diagnosed with ADHD, 73 percent are white, while only 15 percent are Hispanic and 6 percent are black. “ADHD is now a boutique diagnosis for middle-class people,” says Ronald Kessler, a professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School. Among professionals, “the attitude is, ‘if I have a concentration problem and it affects my job, and this is an illness I can fix, then I want to fix it,'” he says.

Russell Barkley, a professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, advocates more restraint in diagnosing and medicating ADHD. He argues that too many people believe intelligence should equal success, when it is merely a benchmark of one’s cognitive ability. “It’s not an indicator of how well your job or your family relationships should be going,” he says.

The point of comparison, Barkley says, should be what is normal for an average, healthy adult. People who truly have ADHD often have segments of their life, such as work, finances or parenting responsibilities, that are a complete disaster. “Unless you can show me that you’re functioning below normal — not simply below your level of intellect — you don’t have a disorder,” he says.

Thomas Brown, associate director of the Yale Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders in Connecticut and professor of psychiatry, says it would be wrong to withhold medication from a person who is high functioning, but still struggling. One of Brown’s patients is a young man who scored a 1.37 grade point average in his first semester at Duke University, despite scoring near 1400 on the SATs. “He wasn’t partying,” says Brown. “He just couldn’t get organized. He couldn’t remember what he’d read.” Brown diagnosed ADHD around Christmas time, prescribed a stimulant and in the spring semester the student’s GPA shot up to 3.74.

One could make the argument that if a student can’t keep up at a top college, he shouldn’t be there in the first place, says Brown. “But why not treat them?” he asks. “Are we only going to provide glasses to people who are practically blind?”

In the meantime, more Americans are visiting their doctors for a screening, which is a good thing, says Kessler. His studies show that only a small fraction of ADHD sufferers are being treated. Moreover, an increase in ADHD screenings is almost certain to turn up other serious disorders: About a third of people with ADHD abuse drugs, and another third will suffer depression. Anxiety disorders are common with ADHD, while over half of people with ADHD of all ages have a major learning disability. Says Kessler: “I’ve had people come in thinking that they have ADHD, but actually they had a whopping huge depression.”

Content by: Willow Lawson – Psychology Today