ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) The hard cold facts to prove it is a Blessing to have and NOT a Disorder.
If You Have ADD, Welcome Aboard!
I am blessed with ADD and enjoy every minute of it. Blessed with ADD? I must be crazy? Right? This is the reaction I frequently get. Especially when most ADDers are frustrated and confused about their ADD. Too many ADDers developed negative feelings because they have ADD. A quote from a fellow ADDer crystallizes the common feelings of many ADDers “ADDers get ground down so much and we lose our confidence and pick up shame.”
ADD is NOT the Disorder that we we have been told it is! It is NOT the disorder we feel we are burdened with because we are different. Even the name “Attention Deficit DISORDER,” emphasis on “Disorder,” puts ADDers in a negative category.
I am writing this to fellow my ADDers to help you take control of your ADD and convert it into the blessing it really is from the perspective of someone with ADD who has done so myself. I recognized the powers of my ADD and used them to my advantage, and clarified the drawbacks of ADD to overcome them.
If I can do it anyone can. I am not a Doctor, or someone with lots of letters behind my name. I am someone who has lived with my ADD for 67 years. I am so old that ADD was not recognized when I went to school. Instead, teachers, principals, coaches, and bosses, labeled me as a distraction who did not fit in.
I was persecuted and reprimanded because I had ADD
Two English teachers (from different schools) personally told me that I was functionally illiterate and unteachable. I was a lousy English student. Having ADD, which was not recognized back then, I was bored, inattentive, and admittedly very disruptive. We really clashed. They frequently sent me to the principal’s office. I preferred the principals office over the wrath of the angry English teachers who forced me to conjugate verbs or describe a character in a boring book, like: “Tale of Two Cities.”
All homework papers and tests were written by hand. No computers back then. I have dyslexia, (A common side affect of ADD) which caused me to transfer a number of different letters while writing and misspell many words and even write the wrong words without even knowing I was doing so.
They graded my handwritten dyslexia filled papers harshly, especially for grammar, syntax, and spelling, and rarely evaluated the contents of my essays. Both English teaches gave me a “D minus” at the end of the semester. And told me I deserved a “F.” But because they could not stand me returning to their classes, they passed me to get rid of me. I felt shame for being so different. I wanted to be like others. I also developed a deep dislike for English, and eventually all languages. More importantly I became confused and frustrated.
I discovered I had ADD by accident, later in life
I did not know about ADD until I was about 32 when my daughter was diagnosed with it and upon being told her ADD symptoms, I realized I had them as well. Yet, no one realized, including me, that I had dyslexia and ADD. To add further confusion, today the “Experts” have decided to rename ADD as ADHD. For simplicity I call it ADD.
I chose to do something about my ADD
I studied my own ADD to get a true understanding of what it means to have ADD, and more importantly to do something about it. I AM different because I have ADD. I not only accept that, I embrace it. My enjoyment of having ADD comes from understanding the underlying core ingredients of having ADD, how they affect me, and sometimes others, why I am different, and why having ADD is a blessing. Knowledge is power!
As an example of how easy it is to convert ADD into a blessing, today I can type on my computer and use Spellchecker! I consider “Spellchecker” to be the most important writing tool ever invented for people with ADD and/or dyslexia. Hooray! Even as I type this I mix my letters and spellchecker either alerts me or better yet, just corrects my spelling and grammar mistakes.
I am writing specifically to anyone who has ADD to help you convert your ADD too!
I have nothing to sell. I just want to help other ADDers avoid the many unnecessary sufferings I encountered because of my confusion about ADD. And as I will disclose later, I am taking a risk to publish this article.
The biggest mystery for ADDers is themselves and why we feel, think, and act the way we do. I want to share this insight knowledge of the inner workings of ADD so many other ADDers can understand their ADD and enjoy having it without having to continue suffering through misunderstandings and confusion.
“Bill, I want to thank you for your article revealing the truth about ADD. It hit home for both me and my 23 year old son. I can tell you that reading that article blessed me beyond words.”
Shirley Meek-Williams, Fayetteville, Georgia