Re: What does "ADD" mean ?
John Oakes (joakes@UNM.EDU)
Fri, 3 Mar 1995 12:15:26 -0700
On Fri, 3 Mar 1995, Jon Spencer wrote:
> > Attention Deficit Disorder: The inability to concentrate on one thing for
> > an appropriate amount of time. Sometimes associated with hyperactivity, but
> > not necessarily. A good friend of mine had a son who was ADD and went
> > absolutely bonkers when he was told by the boys teacher. After it was
> > treated, the change in the kid was just tremendous. A complete reversal
> > and now a regular member of the honor roll, etc. at school. I wonder how
> > many kids in areas that do not have adequate screening in schools or
> > knowledgeable teachers/counselors are shunted into lifelong pigeon holes tha
> > are not NECESSARY if treated properly.
> > Bob
Jon and Bob and some others....
Thanks for some great postings regarding ADD. I can no longer be
quiet... I find it hard for others to say that being ADD is an
abnormality, an illness...and the many other discriptors that have been
thrown around. There are many of us who have grown up in the school system
with this particular (notice my wording) difficulty with NO understanding
of what was causing us to act like we did. I was so uncontrollable and non
compliant that my parents sent me away to military school at fourth grade.
There were enourmously hurtful things said to me by my parents, teachers,
and others that led to my wanting to strike back at society and hurt them.
Quite frankly for many years I was anti-social and mean...All that has
changed. There is STILL misunderstandings as to what ADD is and it's
effect on the individual in question. My word there are still doctors out
there that couldnt even tell you that this condition exists...much less
refer you to a specialist in assesment. There are many things that have
been prescribed to eliviate the symptoms, ritalin, dexadrine, even B
complex. I have found with myself that what other people call
over-exertion I call a normal pace. I sit here writing this thinking of
the maximum effort I went through with getting my masters degree, and have
to listen to my boss tell me nonsense, you couldnt possibly be ADD and
having to deal with the complexities of the abstractions required of a
Masters Degree. It does take some work to control implusive behavior, and
the many other (notice wording) specialties. To control myself I over
stimulate myself. With the boys in my Troop...I over stimulate them. I
throw at the ADD kids more involvement and more outdoors...guess what.. it
works. EVEN more I hugg and tell those boys "If no one else understands
and loves you...I do" I believe my boys (38 soon to be 44) and my adults
know this. I have never seen as much support. Well there it is now my
chest feels much better<<G>>.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City