Re: What does "ADD" mean ?
Jon Spencer (spencerj@DG-RTP.DG.COM)
Fri, 3 Mar 1995 16:09:01 EST
> 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, b
> > > 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 t
> > > 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>>.
> John Oakes
Actually, I did not myself write that paragraph. And I agree with you,
John, that ADD has some tremendously effective side effects. I attribute
my great success in my particular endeavors to what I had to do, and to the
skills that I had to develop, to oversome my ADD. I still have some rather
strong defects that I am striggling to overcome (impulsiveness,
irritability, inability to accept boredom, ...), but all in all I have
But since Heavenly Father does not give us any difficulties that we do have
the ability to solve (with His help), perhaps ADD is a gift.
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