I’ll come out and say it: I have ADD. When I was in fourth grade, I started having trouble keeping up with the other kids in my class. The problem wasn’t so much that I couldn’t learn the material; I just had trouble focusing and organizing.
At the age of twenty, I am still on medication for my ADD. I am also doing incredibly well for myself.
In most cases, ADD is both a blessing and a curse. Children with ADD are known for their dynamic thinking and creativity. They are also usually able to attain an incredibly intense level of focus for extended periods of time under the right circumstances. Playing on these mental strengths can turn ADD into an advantage rather than a handicap.
In order to make the most of Advanced Daydreaming, it’s important to practice and refine areas of weakness. As tough as it may be at first, repetition of good organizational habits will eventually stick. It’s also a good idea to get help if you need it. I will always be grateful to my parents for understanding my needs and helping me as early as they could.
There is still a stigma regarding ADD, but it is getting much better. I for one wouldn’t trade my Advanced Day Dreaming for anything.
Photo by origami_potato via Flickr