H ere is one way to visualize and compare the thinking patterns of an ADHDer and a Normal (non-ADHD) adult. In this example, they are both faced with an ordinary task: paying their phone bill. Interestingly, despite having the same goal, they end up in different places.

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  • http://www.ADDmanagement.com Jennifer Koretsky

    Love it!
    (But apparently, WordPress won’t let me post a 2-word comment so I’m including this aside.) :)

  • http://18channels.blogspot.com Katy B.

    Oh…yes, this looks familiar. I left it right next to my aldkgjhsdlfgj. And to the left of the rent check I was supposed to drop off, just before I opened a jar of pickles and took a mental trip to 2017.

    • Jeff

      One day I’m going to plot all of my moves during the course of the day…should be an interesting map. ;)

      • http://addmsorboth.blogspot.com/ Scott Hutson

        Great idea Jeff! Daily ADD MAP……#1- Wake up. #2- Get a hammer. #3- Hammer alarm clock into tiny pieces. #4- …..

  • http://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-zoe/about/ Zoë Kessler

    Oh really? I had no idea paying a bill was THAT straight-forward! lol
    …from a fellow ADHDer… great post, Jeff!
    Funny and accurate all at the same time!

  • http://www.ADHDRollercoaster.org gina pera

    It’d be even more fun if you had call-outs detailing each of the digressions. :-)

  • Anonymous

    Beautifully Simplistic.
    Elegantly Concise.
    (Which btw left me wanting to laugh and cry at the same time! ..lol..)
    Genius! ~*~

    • Jeff

      “Genius!” – Exactly the word that came to my mind when I read my own post. ;)

  • Zenkat

    LOL..and well it should Jeff! Ya done good!

  • Lee

    This made me make an audible noise of humorous gratification…

    thats right… i LOL’d

    • Jeff

      Glad that you and Zenkat and everyone else got a chuckle out of this. Ya know…sometimes…laughter is the only way to deal with this special “gift.”

      • http://addmsorboth.blogspot.com/ Scott Hutson

        Laughter is a gift I have been given. At least I can say I have a gift. Wish I could pay my phone bill with it. :)

  • http://twitter.com/cleverliteral Clever Literal

    Now that’s what they call ADHD creative traits. So much creativity in that blue line!

    • http://jeffsaddmind.com Jeffs ADD Mind

      That’s kind of the problem. Lots of creativity…not much being accomplished…but it was a lot of fun following that circuitous route.

  • Juha

    Man… this site is overly negative. ADHD as a gift OR a curse is a stupid and too simple dichotomy. Most choose one but not the other. Jeff have chosen only the curse side. In reality there is both good and bad traits in ADHD. Heck… there’s good sides even in down syndrome. And by the way: positive thinking helps ADHD people (especially) and other people concentrate better, so try not to waste it in negativity.

    • http://jeffsaddmind.com Jeffs ADD Mind

      Juha, I’m not sure if you are new to the blog or a long time reader. If the latter, then you would have noticed that my views on ADHD have changed. I no longer see it as a gift or a curse but something that just “is” and which I must learn to live with.

      When time permits, please enlighten us with your knowledge about the positive side of Down’s Syndrome. I’m quite certain that once you’ve explained what a wonderful thing it is, that there will be many parents out there who will be quite disappointed that their child has not been blessed with this syndrome.

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