ADHD/ADD: Is the Deck Stacked?

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 Unfocused, Distracted, Sidetracked, Disorganized, Late, reluctant,  forgetful, impulsive, impatient, talkative, driven...
THESE CARDS HAVE BEEN DEALT TO EVERYONE AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER
but for someone with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder the deck seems to be stacked!  
(note: ADD/ADHD is not the only qualifier for playing with this deck of cards.  ADHD can only be diagnosed by a qualified professional). 
  FATIGUE, STRESS, SENSORY PROBLEMS, LANGUAGE BARRIERS
and  (dare I say ) 
 B
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D
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   can deal you these cards too.  .

The danger is accepting these cards/labels as a lifelong liability.

Danger Accepting the Stacked Deck

  • Symptoms may become a source of self criticism or self imposed limitations, which can become self defeating
  • The diagnosis covers a broad range of symptoms that may not be true for all individuals
  • Lack of information and limited resources can set in motion blaming and shaming
  • Constant reminders of weaknesses can hurt self esteem, and motivation,
  •  There is a chance that individuals become stereotyped, and mishandled, or dismissed

A Better Game Plan

  • Rather than focus on limitations, spend time exploring unique strengths and creativity
  • Research and find resources and strategies to strengthen weak areas
  • Celebrate success, find ways to express uniqueness, recognize differences in how you sense the world around you
  • Become informed, and elicit support from teachers, and mental health specialists

 People with ADD/ADHD

Was it Einstein who pondered the concept of time? It has been theorized that  Albert Einstein   by today’s measures could be diagnosed with ADHD/ADD.  It appears that he would be among good company too. Some of the most creative and “successful people in world may have had  or were thought to have  ADD/ADHD:

Architect
Frank Lloyd Wright

Artists
Salvador Dali
Pablo Picasso
Vincent Van Gogh

Athletes
Terry Bradshaw
Michael Phelps
Pete Rose
Nolan Ryan
Michael Jordan
Jason Kidd

Authors
Charlotte and Emily Bronte
Samuel Clemens
Emily Dickenson
Edgar Allan Poe
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Robert Frost
George Bernard Shaw
Henry David Thoreau
Leo Tolstoy
Tennessee Williams
Virginia Woolf
William Butler Yeats

Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders
Andrew Carnegie
Malcolm Forbes
Henry Ford
Bill Gates
David Neeleman
Paul Orfalea
Ted Turner

Explorers
Christopher Columbus
Lewis and Clark

Entertainers
Ann Bancroft
Jim Carrey
Steve McQueen
Jack Nicholson
Ty Pennington
Elvis Presley
Evil and Robbie Knievel
Sylvester Stallone
Robin Williams
Wright Brothers

Inventors
Alexander Graham Bell
Thomas Edison
Benjamin Franklin

Photographer
Ansel Adams

Physicist
Albert Einstein

Political Figures
James Carville
John F. Kennedy

For more information and a free booklet (click here) or visit: ADD-ADHD-Treatments.com

 

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