Attention Deficit, Hyperactivity Disorder. As much as I can understand why it has been given such a title, it does seem slightly inaccurate. Joe doesn't seem to have a deficit at all but rather an overload! The overload may certainly result in an inability to concentrate and attend, and so seems like a deficit, but in reality he has too many thoughts in his head, too many ideas, too much energy.
What I have to remind myselfconstantly is that when Joe is fidgeting and tapping and stretching and looking around everywhere, it is not because he is being ignorant and not listening. Quite the opposite - he is trying to listen and all these 'overspills' help him to do so. On his more 'with it' moments, Joe tells me that his head whizzes and buzzes and stores everyone's words in it. He says as he is given an instruction his mind immediately wanders to something else and he is distracted.
To watch Joe go off to follow a simple instruction is rather like watching my words be carried off with the wind. I see his firm resolve to carry out his allocated task, but ten minutes later I will find him elsewhere. It is as if time has no meaning to people with AD/HD and although most people would like to be more organized and finish one task before starting another, people with AD/HD seem to have a need to cram everything in at once. When Joe wants to do something, say something or go somewhere, there is no such thing as 'wait'. That is a concept that he just seems incapable of grasping. The urgency with which he moves and speaks displays a sense of desperation, turmoil and panic. It seems as if Joe has an unseen onlooker who is amusing himself by changing the channel on Joe's life every few seconds. Stop. Go. This way. That way. Chopping and changing.
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