A.D.D. – Connecting the Dots
There are so many sites on the Internet with information about ADD / ADHD. And, so many books radio programs, documentaries etc. so why am I blogging? The abundance of information is the point; ADD is not once-size-fits-all. The brain wiring that is called ADD and is considered a “disorder” may have many common characteristics (which makes it clinically diagnosable). But, ADD is highly nuanced.
As an adult with ADD, a mother of two adult sons with ADD, and a high school art teacher whose students are ADD/ADHD, I have personally experienced a wide range of nuances that are often overlooked. Seeing these nuances and variations can make a big difference in the way we perceive ourselves and others and how we cope and compensate.
So, I hope to share my experiences observations resources and strategies. For me, ADD is a way of life. I’m constantly making new discoveries about myself and the world around me. It’s not always easy or pleasant but it is never boring.
I am a Baby Boomer. ADD was not on the radar when I was growing up, and finding myself overwhelmed and anxious when choosing my socks. Pictures of me at summer camp show all the other campers with white shorts and white socks for picture day. I am conspicuous – black socks and mismatched shoes. Who knew? 30 years later, my young son was late to school everyday, because he was in a tizzy over his socks. However, that was the 1980′s and ADD was just coming into the collective consciousness. I had not yet connected the dots.
So many things are clear in hindsight, but at the time, we are so clueless.