ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Differential
It can seem a little puzzling
Why it sometimes takes more effort and discipline for you
Than it does for others
To get things done
To stop yourself from daydreaming
To work through the fog
And to feel you are achieving at a reasonable level
Why is it
That it takes more effort than normal
To prioritise your tasks
To avoid distraction and combat procrastination?
More effort to wait in line
Negotiate slow traffic
To stop fidgeting
And to prevent impulsive behaviour?
Maybe you have compensated
By taking on occupations that do not require prolonged attention
All at the expense
Of personal satisfaction?
In the fight to tame immediate gratification
Perhaps you have developed some unhelpful habits
That are still limiting you now?
Why should you have to work harder than others
To have a normal happy life?
Would it help if we called ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Differential?**
After all, the same sort of thing happens in the physical world
A person who is physically disadvantaged in some way
Has to work harder
To do things that are easy for most
We all love to hear those stories
Of people who overcome their disadvantages by working harder
ADHD is complex
You would have noticed
That there are some advantages you have
Perhaps you are faster at generating ideas,
Grasping complex concepts
Multi-tasking and solving problems quickly?
Perhaps there are things you do
That increase your hyperactivity
Maybe your phone and your computer
Are not helping the cause?
How about we take a more complete look at your picture
** Note: One highly experienced clinician, Dr Hallowell, calls it VAST (Variable Attention Stimulas Trait). Please check him out.