I was diagnosed with AADD several years ago. It seems my attention can too easily wander from one thing to the next. My wife thinks that I am good at Multi-Tasking. I have come to the realization that I, and probably no one else is really good at multi-tasking.
I think that we can only think of one thing at a time. What appears to be multi-tasking is an ability to change quickly from one task to another. I have thought that this was a good thing. But now I am beginning to think that this leads to problems, particularly those that have to do with short term memory, such as "losing things."
"Where did I put my car keys?" Seems to be a common refrain. I put them down when "I was not thinking" and lost them.
I have not researched this, the idea seems to be one of these "Aha! Experiences".
It seems that we, like computers, have two types of memory. Short term RAM, or what I may call for the sake of explanation, "evaporative memory", and long term, hard disk memory. As I type these words, I am aware that if the computer blinked off, all my words would be lost.
However if I save this file, it will remain on my hard disk.
So I am thinking about a task. This is my "evaporative memory." Our minds are constantly bombarded with input. Most of this is quickly forgotten, unless we focus, dwell on a certain thought for a while, then it imprints into our longer term memory.
So, I walk into our house with my car keys in my hand. I think about putting them somewhere I will easily be able to find them, but as I think this thought, I am distracted by noticing the trash needs to be emptied. So I move to pick up the trash can. As I am heading out with the trash, I notice that the grass needs cutting, so I dump the trash and go for the lawnmower. As I begin cutting the grass, I start thinking about something else.
Later I will wonder where I put the car keys? I may even get to a place where I wonder if I dropped them into the trash and now the garbage truck has taken them away with the trash! Panic time and I am turning over sofas in my search for the * damned* car keys!
When I find them, there may be a strange sense of deja vu. A reminder of a dim memory that I had decided it would be a good idea to put the keys on top of something near the first distraction of the full trashcan.
But the point here is that I did not stay with any one task long enough to imprint in longer term memory. Maybe the lawn mower is still sitting in the half cut yard.
When I look back on a day of jumping from one task to another, it seems that I have accomplished very little. I have been jumping from one thought, one task, to another, very little got completed, but, at the time I was jumping, it seemed I was acting efficiently and I have also lost my car keys somewhere in that frantic activity.
I don't really imprint uncompleted tasks in my longer term memory, so I have little recollection of what I even might have gotten done.
However if I walk into the house with my car keys, and notice the trash can needs emptying, but before taking action on this, I put my car keys by the front door, completing, then I pick up the trash can and take it outside and dump it. Then I get the lawn mower and cut the grass, I have a much better experience! And I KNOW where I put the car keys!
Completing tasks helps me better stay in the "NOW"! I accomplish more and I remember what I have done.
EDITED My original point was to say that what the doctors diagnosed in me, I feel was not AADD. It was what I term "Evaporative Memory". Of trying to multitask and winding up accomplishing less than I intended. That an understanding of how short term memory seems to work can cause a great improvement in what may be mislabeled AADD or ADHA.
...or is it just a low tolerance for wasting your time on things that are not particularly interesting or meaningful to your longer-term life experience? ...which is a good thing for a high achiever :)
Judging by the number of people I've come across, both offline and online, who say they've been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD/AAD/whatever, I'm convinced that pretty soon almost everyone on Planet Earth will be told they have it :)
And then we'll have to invent TMAD for the ones who are left...Too Much Attention Disorder :)
I remember listening to an Abraham recording some years ago where Abraham basically said ADHD (in children) = simple boredom i.e. forcing children with active, creative minds to conform to outdated and disempowering systems of behavior.
Been looking for that recording online somewhere but can't find it unfortunately.
It's funny this morning was reading some old questions and answers saw your name.. thought to myself ..where is Bill?...
answered 19 Aug '12, 15:20
Who the hell cares?
In my belief system, it means absolutely nothing to me. I currently work with a lady who has adult ADHD. The only reason I know she has that is because it randomly popped up in coversation, as how the nature of talking goes. She is one of the most thoughtful, positive, caring persons I have met so far, it makes no difference to me if she has 100 scientifcally labelled things 'wrong' with her.
Besides, even if at the very essence of your human physiology you did have a mental problem, I'm not going to label or belittle you. You've helped me out alot on this website for starters, and I never would've picked a problem up in you based on what you've contributed to IQ anyhow!
The untamed mind is like that with everyone.
For someone who hasn't meditated in a while, you could defiantly get away with saying their brain is mentally 'not normal' via examining just how much a mind really does multi-task and race about like a drunken monkey. If you're mature enough psycologically to see your mind working from that point of view (which you obviously are and have just identified), then just scrap the entire negativity associated with your 'condition', or better yet, forget the fact you even have a condition. Personally I'd forget the fact I even saw the doctor that day and continue having fun. I don't think contemplating this over in your head would be up on your list of "my exciting things to do today" :)
Relax Dollar Bill, you're perfectly normal buddy!
some would say lack of focus
we subconsciously move
it may work out better when
answered 20 Aug '12, 06:35
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