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09 September 2008 @ 10:33 pm
Writer's Block: Life With ADHD  
This month is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Month. Talk about your experiences with ADHD, or those of someone close to you.
I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was seven and was re-evaluated this past December and proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that I do indeed have the disorder, I'm not a 'doctor got lazy about rambunctious kid and scratched off a prescription' case. I display virtually all of the symptoms associated with ADHD from the very typical (difficulty with organization, impulsivity) to those not as well known and now more closely associated with bipolar-2 (the milder form), such as uncontrollably fast thoughts and very intense but very short periods of depression. I'm officially diagnosed with both, but seeing how closely related the chemistry for both disorders are [one of the medicines I take, Lamictal, actually treats symptoms of both disorders], I personally believe that bipolar-2 is just sort of a misnomer-more-specific division of ADHD. It's like the difference between ADHD and ADD, if that makes sense.

Anyhoo, I believe very strongly this disorder has been hugely misunderstood. When I took PDS (personal development seminar) sophomore year, we ended up touching on prescription drug abuse (an epidemic I very strongly believe is caused by a misunderstanding of the disorders Rx drugs treat) and going into psychotropic medications/the disorders they treat. I was totally shocked by how little people knew about the whole topic, and since then spreading the word has been very, very important to me.

So I'm asking you guys-- ask me anything regarding the disorder. Anything. I'm making this public so that anyone stumbling by can ask, discuss, and most importantly understand what's really going on.
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: 情景の彼方 -- デンジャー☆ギャング
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Magga: l'amourepicrauko on September 10th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
School, totally without a doubt. I rather like how my mind can dart from thing to thing at a breakneck pace, I feel like that actually contributes a lot to conversations and brainstorming sessions I get involved in, but when I've got to channel that into something such as an essay or study session, that's where it's become extremely difficult and frustrating. Until very recently, I had absolutely no control of where my mind went to a point where I turned in almost all of my assignments late, would be so distracted with something I'd show up 30 min. late to class and not realize, and sometimes only half-finish tests.
I doubt ADHD has really affected my friendships -- my friends care about me for me, I befriend people just by doing whatever it is I do (being Freakazoid/Phoenix), and ADHD is just sort of no different than, like...if someone were severely lactose-intolerant or had a burning desire to eat nothing but bacon. At times I get poked fun at and have to make accommodations for my disabilities (such as cutting back on social hangout stuff, being all POLITICALLY-CORRECT-nazi-ish over making stupid mental disability jokes), but it just seems like the group of people I hang out with accept that very well.
One of the bigger issues, though, is dealing with 'very' Catholic teachers -- in my experience, all actively practicing Catholic teachers I've had have had an enormous grudge-bias-things because they believe I'm just using ADHD as an excuse to be lazy, etc. It's understandable, it's their faith, and it's not my place to call that into question, but it definitely hinders me a lot -- when I was first diagnosed at age seven, my teacher literally tried to flunk me out and gave me grades I didn't deserve. Like, if I didn't have such a history at my old school (my father attended, my grandmother and grandfather taught there, said grandfather was asst. head master at one point), I would have been kicked out at that point.