History, Future and the A.D.D. Brain

The puzzle, or perhaps the contradiction of ADD is that it opens up a future-looking event horizon that allows for Cassandra-like vision (though sometimes a distorted or hysterical version). It also opens up a backward looking horizon (when one reflects on one’s personal history) but, paradoxically, everyday life seems like shattered glass with shards of events strewn about and seemingly no coherent pattern by which to piece it all back together. So the present is perpetual chaos whereas the “past” and the “future” seem coherent and whole.

(Note: This was posted on my original blog in October 2005)

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