The term for the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD has changed multiple times. In 1980, the term 'Attention Deficit Disorder' came to be. It has changed slightly since then ' but the field is relunctant to change it again because of how negative that would be (it could impact the advocacy and legislation that has been achieved through hard work...)
The question is: Are there really deficits?
Well, sometimes there are deficits.
The history of ADD/ADHD has gone through two stages, and it needs to evolve into one more. The three stages are:
Stage 1: The Moral Diagnosis
Stage 2: The Medical Diagnosis
Stage 3: The Strength Based Diagnosis
Stage 1: The Moral Diagnosis: For most of the 20th century (and still in many parts of the world today), ADD was a 'moral diagnosis'. This refers to the fact that people with ADD were considered to just be 'bad'. They were judged as weak, inadequate, and they needed to try harder. This was a dark time for the understanding of ADD.
ADD also called ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, (now just known as Attention Deficit Disorder) is a condition that has been commonly associated with children. Recent studies have revealed that the condition is also as widely prevalent in adults as it is in children. What are the characteristics of ADD, how does it start and how can it be eradicated? This and other issues are what we will discuss in this article.
What are the characteristics of ADD?
As in children, adults afflicted with ADD have a problem completing what they have started.
For a lot of people with ADD, work life can be complex. If your operational surroundings are not ADD responsive, then you may well find yourself feeling constantly disordered and hassled out at work. Whether or not you disclose your diagnosis to your employer, these approaches can help you become more efficient at work.
1. Look for a Profession that you are Zealous About:
People with ADD have the most accomplishment when doing something that they are fervently involved in. If you are in a profession or a job that you are not zealous about, odds are your ADD problems will exhibit themselves.
I have ADHD, and if you're a person who has ADD or ADHD, you know that life can be frustrating and hard at times. I mean, we can zone out at very important times or we might have clutter stacked to the ceiling or we forget something really important. Those things happen. But whether you're ADD or not, you're going to have issues and problems, and that's just how life works.
ADD just adds a layer of issues to the ones that linear-thinking people already have. But you can't let those irritations trap you.
Money can be looked at many different ways. You can look at it from a position of strength and financial integrity, or you can be desperate to buy your next meal. If that's the case, when someone says to you, "You need to organize your finances," it doesn't mean much, does it?
I mean, how can you organize something you don't have? In the past, I used to teach the "organize first, make more later" philosophy, and it never worked. Not once.
Are you dealing with your partner's unhappiness in your relationship? What are their complaints? Could they be that you can't remember things, that you're always distracted, or that you're lazy and leave things lying around everywhere? Does this sound like the arguments you've been having?
Consider that you might have adult attention deficit disorder. Your partners reactions to some of your behaviors are typical, especially when you aren't aware of your ADD and neither is your partner. First, take an online test to see if you might have attention deficit.
"Not now." "I'm not there yet." "I can't think about that right now."
These are some of the most popular phrases that come out of my mouth during the business day. Like most adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), I measure time in one of two ways: Now, and Not Now.
This can be an effective strategy when dealing with crises, but it can also hold an ADDer back in their business. When you have ADD, there is always something grabbing your attention.
If you have an ADD brain, it's always working. Ideas are popping up like dandelions after a fresh summer rain, and as with a well-kept lawn, you need a way to get rid of them. You need to clear your mind. So, you want to talk. And it doesn't have to be anyone in particular. You can talk to a trusted friend, or a stranger, but there are times when you just belabor a point until the person is ready to fall asleep, even if they understand it's your ADD doing the talking.
You aren't terribly aware of how you're making the other person feel, though.
There is one very specific type of movie that I just can't watch because I get too upset. I call it a "Don't Take My Baby" movie.
I'm sure you're familiar with this type of movie. The most common plot line is: Couple finds out they can't have baby and adopts.