I recently found out that I suffer from ADHD. I have gone through my whole life thinking that everyone had to "grit their brain" to concentrate; I've gone my whole life thinking it was normal to have to read and re-read text to grasp it. What a relief to know that I have this- in a way, I am proud of having overcome it to a certain extent, but it has taken its toll in the form of intense headaches.
Do you think that this is a genetic or learned disorder? BTW, my father had ADHD badly, but was never diagnosed. He found it impossible to earn a college degree because he could not concentrate enough to grasp simple algebra. He was so ashamed, and I wish he had known what I know now...But he died not realizing his problem.
Do you have ADHD? What do you think caused it? I'd like all of your thoughts on this.
I have no medical knowledge or reason to support this opinion, just what I've observed in myself. I believe it comes from a powerful mind that is bored and not being given tasks.
For example, border collies (breed of dog) are extremely smart and high energy, which makes them excellent for herding animals. However if they are not trained and exercised regularly they can become very unruly and destructive.
The biggest tool that helps me when I need to be able to maintain focus on a mind numbing job is listening to music. Otherwise I will use breathing exercises in situations where I can't/don't have music. Basically anything that gives my mind something to do instead of sit stagnantly. I try to avoid aimless daydreaming because it becomes too easy to get lost in the dream and lose track of what I was doing / who I was talking to.
One reason is probably because of the internet and how we must constantly catch up to everything. Latest Tweets, Facebook, blogs, this website, etc. etc. This will screw your concentration as your mind starts wandering off in different directions every time you try to focus....
answered 07 Feb '12, 04:02
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answered 07 Feb '12, 06:09
Harmful additives in the food and water supply have taken their toll. Mercury, fluoride and gmo's lead the way.
answered 07 Feb '12, 19:56
Personally, I think its nothing more than a label.. I'm not saying things don't effect our concentration or we can't find ways to help ourselves, but I believe everyones different and its silly to force us all to fall under a certain "standard" and if we don't, tell us we have some type disease or disorder.
I was also told I had some form of ADD with social anxiety. Yes, I was very shy and daydreamed a lot... didn't always pay attention in class. But there are so many people who are distracted easily, who are shy, who like to daydream, who get bored in class... why do we call it a disorder? There's nothing wrong with us. We can go to college, we can communicate just as well as anyone, we have hobbies, we can be happy or sad, we're normal people... everybodys just different.
I just want to clarify, if you do have it or anything else, and seeing a doctor or getting medicine helps you, I'm not saying your wrong. I don't want to offend... all I'm saying is I don't think things like this should be considered disorders. I think we should all be allowed to learn and grow at whatever pace we need. Maybe call it a personaility type and clarify it doesn't define you... you can change and grow to be any type of person you want.
I guess you can tell I took it to the heart as a kid. It made me feel worse about myself on top of feeling negative about everything else... happy to say I've grown out of it, and no doctor has ever made any concerns about me having ADD or social anxiety, either.
answered 11 Feb '12, 14:21
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