How I Explain People with ADHD
People With Adhd
Over the years, ADD/ADHD has become synonymous with words like, nuisance, problem, out of control, different, dreamer, bad, too much, etc… If we take a step back and look at the big picture of this challenging issue, several things come into view. People with ADHD that have stepped out of the ‘normal’ way of doing things have been chastised for years. Normal is only found on a washing machine as far as Im concerned. The lawmakers, teachers, lobbyists and ‘authorities’, have created a society that is linear in its structure, by-laws, and general way of doing things. People with ADHD don’t fit into that structure. We think radically different, behave differently, and generally have a completely different view of the world than the ‘normal’ linear thinkers.
So here’s how I explain it. People with ADHD love to use analogies, metaphors, and objects to explain certain things. Here’s your first analogy. The transistor radio that has difficulty tuning OUT several stations at once. For some reason, people with ADHD, have parts of their brain that don’t filter stimulus as well as others. Every instrument in the orchestra is playing, but we can pick out several distinct ones, one oat a time. Multiple conversations going on in a restaurant happening at once, but we can listen to several simultaneously. Driving down the highway at high velocity with dozens of other cars, but we know exactly where each one is, and what they’re about to do next. Energy by the boatloads, driven by distraction, but inherently given freely to those of us with special brains.
People with ADHD
Dr. Hallowell uses the analogy of a race care brain with bicycle brakes, often. Wait a second… does this sound like a disorder, a nuisance, a problem? No. It’s a gift. A radical gift that needs help getting organized and harnessed. Because as much as I love my wild non-linear brain, there are pitfalls, and dysfunctional challenges with it.
In my race car brain, the brakes, those bicycle brakes begin to wear out and fail when I’m functioning through a lens of fear , shame, and/or guilt. Growing up – people with ADHD have started and failed, been made an example of, not followed through, acted in dangerous ways, created havoc within their families. How many people with ADHD have fear, shame, and guilt? Im going to guess the majority of them. So, now there’s a bunch of people driving their race cars around with crappy brakes. Sometimes things are good, other times, we wreck terribly.
That’s just the emotional piece to it. There is more and more evidence, tangible evidence being researched daily that is discovering that people with ADHD have a brain that is a different shape, weight, and utilizes glucose (sugar) differently. The left side doesn’t ‘talk’ to the right, or vice versa. The front doesn’t fire signals to the cerebellum, correctly, all the time. It’s been proven to be a genetic thing.
There are many epiphanies happening daily with regards to ADHD and how to effectively help harness its positive attributes , while correcting the dysfunctional challenges. The SHINE for Doctors program, created by Dr. Hallowell and genius chiropractors, has proven to blend the best of both worlds, medical and chiropractic.
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author: eric etka
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