Russell Barkley: The Plato of the ADHD World

…the history of philosophy is but “a series of footnotes to Plato”. – Alfred North Whitehead

…all current and future research about ADHD is but a series of footnotes to the work of Russell Barkley – Jeff Siegel

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    Thank you for sending out the email with this link. This is the most succinct information on ADHD that I’ve ever heard.  I’ll be taking notes and outlining it for my own use and for explaining to others who have questions about ADHD.

    • Jeffs ADD Mind

      You’re quite welcome. Barkley does a great job of getting to the heart of the matter which is why I posted these links.

  • Gina Pera

     A more elegant and parsimonious explanation of ADHD you’ll never find!

    • Jeffs ADD Mind

      When I grow up I want to be able to speak as elegantly and succinctly as Barkley.

  • Guest

    Can’t wait to see him and Ned Hallowell do their Keynote together in Orlando!

    • Jeffs ADD Mind

      Should be an interesting contrast of styles.

  • Jonathan Roberts

    (referring to the Intention Deficit Disorder)
    That’s a great video. Not to get too self-absorbed but that’s how I’ve always tried to explain how I’ve felt – having the knowledge but cannot use it. I still like myself and life regardless but it’d be nice for once to be able to shine but maybe its not quite the time. Who knows. Teach me some Philosophy, Jeff! :)

    • Jeffs ADD Mind

      Jonathan, was too many times I’ve had all the little pieces to a project floating in my head and, even if I committed them to paper…they still don’t get done. So I know exactly what you’re talking about and that’s why Barkley hits the nail on the head. And I’m also waiting for my moment to shine.

      And if you really need a bit of philosophy, little grasshopper, you might want to start with this post: And as the Oracle at Delphi used to say (actually…I believe it was written on the outside of the temple): Know thyself. Socrates says you’ll be a better person for it.

  • Katy R.

    Holy SHIT. Lots to comment on but I’ll just limit myself to this: I have always been tortured by an inability to hold images right in my mind. At the same time, other images will just get stuck. This kind of thing becomes truly awful when, say, you’re in the third grade and your teacher decides that mental effing math is something you really need to be able to do. In front of the class. I still cannot do any kind of mathematical calculation in my head. I will always be baffled by the seeming lack of sense to what I can remember, and what I can’t.

    • Jeffs ADD Mind

      Speaking solely for ADHDers (though I’m sure this applies to many others who have various “gifts”), I wonder how many people have been permanently damaged by a school system that never bothered to determine WHY certain kids have certain problems and, instead, just let the kids believe that they are effed up.

      It’s taken me many many years to be able to do simple calculations in my head…which is a bit of a handicap when you are in your own business and you need to negotiate project costs while at the same time keeping in mind your own production costs, subcontractor costs, etc.

      On a different note, hope you, Sonny and the kids are doing well.

      • Katy R.

        As well as can be expected considering the perpetual roller coaster we call life :)

        I still cannot remember what 9 + 5 is without counting on my fingers…among others. Meh. This all reminds me of a girl I knew in college who was training to be a teacher. One night she got mad because we were telling her that 5 x 5 was 25. She was all “Um NO, it is NOT.”.  She’d been correcting a student’s test and couldn’t believe they got that one wrong. She’s probably one of those teachers now that leaves children with permanent psychological scarring.

        • Jeffs ADD Mind

          Seems the campaign for recruiting the best and the brightest into the teaching profession may not have been successful. ;)

        • Jonathan Roberts

          LOL Katy. I know these people as well. It’s AMAZING to me that so many people are accepted almost automatically because of their ability to function rather than what they have to offer. And the weird thing is – they think YOU’RE the weird one LOL Oh god..I need to get some sleep or something before I (minute elapsed)…well, I dont know. Typing session over. Ding ding ding. aahhhhhhhhhhhhahahhah. Ok. What? Yeah. Over and out.

      • Jonathan Roberts

        School system will alter once there is clear evidence. Slllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllloowwwww process.
         Jeff, I read that you’ve got through college and so on…do you know I’ve been sitting on this paper I have to write for about 5 days and have a good intro but the rest is blah (and the rest is maybe two paragraphs altogether). I cannot get myself to do this. It’s an easy task. I understand the methods involved. It’s not rocket science to get a good thesis and support it. Wow. That’s real hard. Not! But here I sit…I feel like my brain is  stubborn like one of those old men that would rather die than change. Ya know when the girls give ya ‘the hand’ – thats what my brain is doing. It’s saying ‘fuck you! I’m running this show!” Haha. Did you have these same issues? And if so – how in the holy fuuuuucking bejesus did you not have to go directly to jail without passing Go (like having to quit school because you hit your head on the wall so many times from being frustrated that you look like the dude from Hannibal thats sitting and having a nice plate of..well….his own brain)?
        Btw, Jeff, I know this might be a little silly but as far as the shining thing is concerned that was mentioned the other day….I’d have to say the fact that you have a website and post these things – you are shining big time by bringing it out so openly. And your sense of humor is… “Toccata and Fugue In The Keys of ADHDminor”  just hilarious. 

        • Jeffs ADD Mind

          Jonathan, I apologize for the delay in my response. I’ve been crazy busy (that’s a good thing…means I’m making money!) and then had problems with the hosting company of this blog. (Verizon had cut a fiber cable.)

          So, to answer your question, how the heck did I write those papers…well…here goes.

          Too many times I had to do it under extreme pressure, meaning it was due the next day and I spent all night writing it. But if it was a long project/paper, I’d have to pace around, jog, do pushups, lift weights, ride a bicycle…basically do something (ANYTHING) that would release the inner tension and let me get back to my work. This type of frantic physical activity could go on for days or weeks until I got the project done. So, to get it done you need to figure out (if you don’t already know) what works to release that inner pressure, what will keep the ADHD devil in his little corner so you can write that paper that you can visualize but can’t get out of your head. Maybe a thirty minute brisk walk while listening to your iPod and singing favorite songs…the kind that help you get it all out of your system. For me that can be Black Sabbath or Pink (yes…Pink! I have eclectic musical taste) or Pink Floyd or even Johnny Cash’s version of “Hurt” (I believe this song was originally done by Nine Inch Nails.) I need something that, in a sense, let’s me release tension. In the case of Pink, maybe there are times when we all need to say that we ARE fucking perfect just so we can get through the day to day stuff of life. (We shouldn’t delude ourselves, but ADHD has a wonderful ability to make us doubt our abilities.)

          On a different note, I can’t thank you enough for letting me know that what I have done here on this blog is of real value. It means a lot to me to hear that…and that you like “Toccata and Fugue,” well, now I’ve reached blogger nirvana (or should that be Nirvana?).

          Keep plugging away at your work and looking for ways to get a handle on ADHD.

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