Originally Posted by TylerRDA
Took the words right out of my mouth. I have ADD (aka ADHD-I) and I truly can not function without the medication. It does not hamper my creativity; it enhances my ability to express it. There is nothing creative about my mind because of ADD; it basically makes me a packet of reflexes. You cannot imagine the magnitude of the suckitude of ADD; my whole life I've known there was something wrong with me because of my inability to 'do' anything (I have journal entries, its no the hindsight bias). I literally get 'stuck' playing the same part of a video game for hours on end. It is with the utmost difficulty that I tear myself away. And to further amplify the suckitude is the fact that misinformed blowhards say ADD doesn't exist and it's just an excuse for kids who don't care.
So you are telling me that I have ADD, yet somehow I learned to control it, and even excel? I could not perform even the smallest task correctly, and now I am the person who is relied apon when a task needs to be done twice as fast, and twice as good.
Instead of treating people with ADD like they have something wrong with them, feed it. I was overwhelmed by life for over a decade, I had to run at 110% just to survive, and it really made me grow out of ADD. I was malnourished, had IBS, had to go to school and work, feed myself, had no friends, no money, and was shit on by every person I knew. Guess what? I dont care. Having to run at 110% taught me how to take all that inability to concentrate and make evaluations with it.
Im still the only person I know who can sit down, consider 200 different issues, and find the best solution. Guess what? It feels great.
Know what doesnt feel great? Being locked into the railraod tracks of standard idiot life.
Dont pity yourselves for having ADD, learn to use it to your best.
Oh, and Ive taken Ritalin and it calms me.