Re: ADD/ADHD Problems and Tech Writing/Editing Careers
I love what people have written about ADD being not a disorder but a set
of better and different abilities. I have to admit that i have tended to
think that ADD is getting a little overused in our culture. Not so much
overdiagnosed, but just used as a thoughtless shorthand for short
attention span. This thread makes me realize what it really means.
What blows me away is Rose Wilcox's list of workarounds. I am pretty
sure i am not ADD, but--as several people noted--we all experience some
of the "signs" *sometimes*.
Careful. I think you're in danger of romanticizing the problem. No matter how the condition emerges, in the context of technological culture, it is still a problem. True, thinking of ADD as "better and different abilities" may be useful in making people with the condition feel better about themselves, especially when they're children. But I have yet to meet another with the condition (or any of a number of other ones) who wouldn't keep it if they had a choice.
I think, however, that your point that everyone shows some of the signs sometimes is well-worth emphasizing. I noticed a tendency in some of the responses to self-diagnosis of the condition - and that isn't healthy. It very easily turns into a morbid obsession. Sometimes, it turns into an excuse. I think, too, that self-diagnosis trivializes the real condition, making it easier for people to dismiss it.
I understand that self-diagnosis may be a way of life for many Americans, considering their medical system. However, if anybody suspects that they do have ADD, I hope that they will get it diagnosed by a professional, rather than jumping to conclusions.
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