I gave Britney time – which is only natural, but I have to give Justin Bieber props – the boy seems to be getting his shit back together. Breaking up with Selena Gomez may have been the best thing for both of their musical careers.
I wanted to a link to post this article – along with the following quotation – also lifted shamelessly:
If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind. Were an opinion a personal possession of no value except to the owner; if to be obstructed in the enjoyment of it were simply a private injury, it would make some difference whether the injury was inflicted only on a few persons or on many. But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
— On Liberty, John Stuart Mill
ADHD can make everyday and special tasks seem overwhelming. Sometimes, life seems overrun with hard work!
“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” — Frank A. Clark
I try to keep this quotation in mind when I am struggling – especially when everyone around me seems to be able to accomplish twice as much in half the time.
The payoff makes hard work worthwhile.
Since I find typing tedious, and soon lose interest, I decided to try Dragon Anywhere to dictate my writing. I still have to go back and edit – but I can already see that dictation software could be a blessing for anyone with ADHD.
The following is a sample scene from the book I’m working on. I haven’t edited much . . . .WAY too much passive tense – but, not surprisingly, I digress.
Stella hated her parents house. It was all white. The walls. The couch. The carpeting. The people.
Stella’s mother had seen this in some architectural digest. Supposedly, the latest thing with the rich and famous. Not that Stella’s parents were rich or famous. Rich maybe. Stella didn’t get to see much of that. Each night, her parents went out to one party or another. Maybe the opera. Maybe a dinner. Maybe a fundraiser -not that they ever donated money.
Stella spent much of her time trying to figure out how to get out of that White House. The idea to slip out first came to her while watching a movie late one night. The woman in the movie lived a double life. During the day – a normal housewife with three beautiful children and husband who adored her. At night, she was a prostitute on the streets of Paris.
Stella wanted to be that actress. She wanted to be that woman.
As long as she could remember, Stella had wanted to be an actress. She spent hours in a room pretending to be one person to another. Sometimes a princess who had everything-sometimes the popper with nothing he lived on her wits.
The third night the Astrophel family lived in Colorado, Stella decided to slip out. Just like that actress. Just like that woman.
Enjoying the irony, Stella dressed in all black. A leather miniskirt, a low-cut crop top, and, of course, a black leather jacket. She hid the thigh-high black leather boots from her parents. By day, they sat hidden in the back of her closet, behind the designer flats, pumps, and the Jimmy Choo sandals. At night, she slipped on the boots, zipping them up to the top of her thighs, pretending to be the Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman”. No. That wasn’t right. She was a much better actress than Julia Roberts. At 15, she could be any age she wanted to be. Any age she needed to be.
When she applied the dark lipstick, the layers of mascara, the oversized hoop earrings – she became someone other than Stella. Someone other than the good girl. That girl who always got A’s in school. The one inspected each morning by her father to make sure she was impeccably dressed before leaving for school each day. Gone were the designer dresses, the Manolo Blahnik mules, the emerald ring her mother brought her from Paris. At night, Stella was trash. And that’s the way she wanted it.
Kind of lame – needs work – but it only took me 10 minutes instead of 2 hours to write.
Dragon Anywhere is a product of Nuance Communications, Inc. It can be downloaded as an app for IOS or Android operating systems. There is a one week free trial – after that it is $15/month or $150 annually. For me, the price is worth it, but it IS a consideration.I loaded it on my iPhone and iPad (no – I’m not shilling for Apple!). I’ve tried it on the tablet – but have yet to experiment with the phone version.
If you out Dragon Anywhere – I’d love to know what you think. you can comment here – or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclaimer:I am not affiliated with Nuance Communications in any way
DSM-5 Criteria for ADHD (abridged)
- ADHD with Inattention: Six or more symptoms of inattention for children up to age 16, or five or more for adolescents 17 and older and adults; symptoms of inattention have been present for at least 6 months, and they are inappropriate for developmental level:
- Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or with other activities.
- Often has trouble holding attention on tasks or play activities.
- Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
- Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (e.g., loses focus, side-tracked).
- Often has trouble organizing tasks and activities.
- Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to do tasks that require mental effort over a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).
- Often loses things necessary for tasks and activities (e.g. school materials, pencils, books, tools, wallets, keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, mobile telephones).
- Is often easily distracted
- Is often forgetful in daily activities.
- ADHD with Hyperactivity and Impulsivity: Six or more symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity for children up to age 16, or five or more for adolescents 17 and older and adults; symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have been present for at least 6 months to an extent that is disruptive and inappropriate for the person’s developmental level:
- Often fidgets with or taps hands or feet, or squirms in seat.
- Often leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected.
- Often runs about or climbs in situations where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may be limited to feeling restless).
- Often unable to play or take part in leisure activities quietly.
- Is often “on the go” acting as if “driven by a motor”.
- Often talks excessively.
- Often blurts out an answer before a question has been completed.
- Often has trouble waiting his/her turn.
- Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games)
In addition, the following ADHD conditions must be met:
- Several inattentive or hyperactive-impulsive symptoms were present before age 12 years.
- Several symptoms are present in two or more setting, (such as at home, school or work; with friends or relatives; in other activities).
- There is clear evidence that the symptoms interfere with, or reduce the quality of, social, school, or work functioning.
- The symptoms are not better explained by another mental disorder (such as a mood disorder, anxiety disorder, dissociative disorder, or a personality disorder). The symptoms do not happen only during the course of schizophrenia or another psychotic disorder.
Based on the types of symptoms, three kinds (presentations) of ADHD can occur:
Combined Presentation: if enough symptoms of both criteria inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity were present for the past 6 months
Predominantly Inattentive Presentation: if enough symptoms of inattention, but not hyperactivity-impulsivity, were present for the past six months
Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation: if enough symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity but not inattention were present for the past six months.
Because symptoms can change over time, the presentation may change over time as well.
ADHD in Adults
ADHD often lasts into adulthood. For more information about diagnosis and treatment throughout the lifespan, please visit the websites of the National Resource Center on ADHD and the National Institutes of Mental Health.
Content source: Division of Human Development and Disability, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1. ADD writers hyperfocus for hours on things WE find interesting.
2. Naturally very high levels of curiosity. No ADDer had to take a course on how to be creative. We have to limit ours to actually complete things.
3. Extreme creativity (intellectual, emotional, artistic, kinesthetic, or mechanical or a combination thereof).
4. Great hunters of information. Whether on the Internet, in a library, or calling up individuals and organizations to find out information others can’t find. See Thom Hartmann’s ADHD Hunter Farmer Theory.
5. Frequently scanning our environment for changes. As long as it’s not paperwork, the Kryptonite of ADD Adults. Especially taxes, even if the government owes us money. We’re able to notice things others do not, including patterns, because we don’t filter sensory input that well. Can also be a disadvantage too, ie easily lead to overload and overwhelm if we don’t learn to manage our ADHD properly. Here are 10 ways to do so.
6. Willingness to challenge the status quo and conventional wisdom. Sometimes very easily and often:) Many of us ADDErs are not afraid to go in a different direction than the herd.
7. Fast processing minds IF we find the topic interesting. Downside, sometimes listening to slow talkers can be painful, since we often already know where they’re going before they finish, and we want them to get to the point.
8. High energy levels. Sometimes you need to stay up late to get things done. Or put in more extra work to meet that deadline.
9. Ability to multitask with ease. Have 2 or 3 browser open with multiple tabs? And a dozen other applications open? You might have ADHD.
10. Deadlines help us focus and power through to complete things. Some of us ADDErs wait until the last minutes before a deadline and use that stress and occassional panic to crank up our adrenaline levels to get things completed. Adrenaline helps us focus. Ideally don’t do this as your only strategy or you’ll brown out or burnout.
11. Telling us it can’t be done, or we’ll never be able to do it, actually can be a strong motivator for us.