Originally Posted by DaClownie
ADHD is certainly real, my son being a perfect example. He is 100% unable to sit still nor focus on one thing, and also gets many of the tics that go along with it. It's to the point where even doing something he loves (video games and legos) he'll zone out and forget what he was doing and just get up and do something else. He has had the full range of auditory compulsions from clearing his throat incessantly to repeated muttering of phrases and things that are stuck in his head. He also has the motor tics, which sometimes minor (adjusting his shoulder and neck) to as extreme as pushing his chin inward, straightening his limbs and shooting his head forward after those steps are completed. The only way he can sit still long enough to complete work in school is through medication.
ADHD has turned into a catchall diagnosis now, since there is no longer separation of ADD and ADHD and there is obviously varying severity as well. I think a large problem with ADHD is the insane levels of stimuli in the world now. Kids on their iPods, messaging on this app, playing this game, checking their likes on this, all while watching TV or playing video games. Their brains are taught from too young of an age that their attention needs to bounce from thing to thing to keep up with it all.
When I was younger, things were in series as opposed to parallel. Do your chores THEN you can go outside and play. While there were different things to do outside you couldn't necessarily climb a tree while riding your bike and fishing. You had to make a decision, and stand by it. There were children my age with ADHD/ADD as well, but the rates were certainly much much lower.
I agree there is a type of human that has a brain that works differently than others do, but Like you said it has became a cath all for bad kids or whatever to hide the real issues its easier to slap a label of ADHD and call it a day.
I am exactly like your son, however as I have aged I have grown to control it better, however it does still incorporate a mind that wanders and is constantly churning. In my case it is also coupled with severe anxiety due in part to the mind moving. When I have something that concerns me my brain flips through possible bad outcomes constantly for hours, and most of them are things that are seriously far from what reality could possibly hold.
Also there is the sleep issue, alot of nights I lay in bed for hours trying to sleep but my brain just well not stop, I cannot shut it down and fall asleep, it takes any thought and dissects it into every conceivable way.
I have never taken medication for it, rather have learned to somewhat tame it and control it. There is some advantages to it however, I tend to have a much higher sense of what is going around me then others, and can take in information very well. In college I had that affect I would never study for tests still aced them my friends would study all night and fail them lol. They always got mad at me hehehe.
Another positive is multitasking even as I type to you my brain has 50 million things going through it all at once, however sometimes this is bad as occasionally I do lose track.
However also a trick for you with your son as I too run into this, as he gets older and learns to control it it may sometimes seem when you talk to him that he is not paying attention or listening, but he is. I can do be doing something and you try to talk to me I will still concentrate on what I am doing, and people see that as I am not listening, they sometimes get offended and say did you even hear what I said and I repeat it back to them.
the thing is while it is hard for us to concentrate on one thing, our brains can interpret many things at one time, we take in much more information that other people do as we can spread are focus among all, Albeit its split so we perceive less than someone that is focused. If that makes any sense at all its kind of hard to explain
. Basically our brains are like AMDs, They are not as strong in a single task operation but in multitasking they excel above all.
So there is pluses and you can control it but it takes a lot of time and practice and can defiantly drive you insane trying.
Also ya thats how things were when I was a kid as well, I am 29 as of November
I think like you said however that ADHD is misdiagonsed due to kids with phones ect, Although in your case yes its sound like your son is like me. Most of the kids do not have all of those syptoms though they just refuse to contrete or dont care so they get slapped with ADHD. But OCD and everything else you described go in line with real ADHD, also paranoia and anxiety if he doesn't have those yet they will come.Edited by Cyber Locc - 2/13/16 at 8:41pm