Mind, Body, Soul
confused & overwhelmed
With AD/HD, one gets confused and overwhelmed when he/she has to do more than one thing at a time. He/She blurts out things to later regret, put things off even though it is known that there is a price to pay for procrastination. It is likely to have been called irresponsible, thoughtless, careless, or lazy. Some may view it as character flaws, yet AD/HD is a neurological condition that results from specific types of brain functioning. This particular type of functioning is strong in some areas, weak in areas requiring certain kinds of sequencing, prioritizing, inhibiting, and filtering.
Now that we have some knowledge about brain function, it can help to better understand AD/HD. Most scientific studies do not convince certain people and even with the scientific evidence, they find it difficult to believe that some cannot overcome their obstacles. The most skeptical people are usually those who have AD/HD themselves, yet have managed to cope. They can be quite unsympathetic towards others who have not been able to muster the same strength and stamina as they have.
AD/HD is real. There is neurologicl and psychological data to consider and knowledge is power. More understanding can help us problem solve and troubleshoot our own organizational difficulties. Understanding why we behave as we do can help to create better strategies, (4 Weeks to an Organized Life w/AD/HD, Jeffery Freed, M.A.T. and Joan Shapiro, M.D. (2007)).