“It wasn’t that I hated being asked a bunch of questions. I had nothing against questions. I just didn’t like listening to them, because some questions take forever to make sense. Sometimes waiting for a question to finish is like watching someone draw an elephant starting with the tail first. As soon as you see the tail your mind wanders all over the place and you think of a million other animals that also have tails until you don’t care about the elephant because it’s only one thing when you’ve been thinking about a million others.”
Keith has problem focusing and is very hyperactive at home and at school, his teachers told his parents to get him to get tested for ADHD, but they refuse they say they don’t like to label Keith and don’t want their son to treat differently. But the refusal to get a diagnosis is really limiting him on his school work. Then by first grade Keith got in trouble by hitting his classmate. So the teacher get Keith to go to the guidance counselors, fortunately the guidance counselor is a clinical psychologist, he diagnosed him with ADHD and was proscribed the drug ritulin, after all his parents accepted the diagnosis.
Why are people so stigmatize with mental health? Mental health is issue that most people don’t see because of the simple fact that we can’t see the inside the brain. The brain is [for most of us] is a mysterious place that you can’t come in. So even if it’s their own children who have ADD or autism they won’t consult a doctor. That is why people back then had gone through high school or even collage without really getting the diagnosis. If you don’t get any diagnosis, people with ADHD are smart but if they can’t focus it will lead frustration and self doubt. Young people are suffering without any diagnosis.
Note on Keith: the character Keith fictional
By Jonah Tenedora-Forte
People with ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are highly creative and innovative; they can really change the world. There is no doubt that they are in movie, music and arts in general, here are three people that changed your believe on ADHD.
- Ty Pennington- the host of the widely successful show on ABC Extreme Makeover- Home Edition, he was diagnosed at age 8 but was not told by his mom, because his mom doesn’t want know that he has ADHD because of the term back then, ADHD has this ugly name it’s called minimal brain dysfunction so she did not say anything, by aged 17 after he finish high school. She then kind of notice that that this will not change with age, so she sat him down she told him that to go to his doctor and his doctor said that he have ADHD and got him into riturin a stimuli drug that clams the brain down.
- Adam Levine- singer/songwriter Maroon 5 a widely successful band has been diagnosed by aged 13 because he can’t focus in school, he thought that outgrow it. By the time he is ready to jump to the work place, it becomes so apparent to him that he hadn’t outgrown it. So he went to his doctor diagnosed him with Adult ADHD, he was given some coping mechanism to deal with his ADHD
These two men are widely successful but the still struggle with ADHD. So if you got diagnosed as a child [remember that 2/3 of kids doesn’t outgrow it] so talk to your doctor get this diagnosis and OWN IT, It will change your life for the better
By Jonah Tenedora Forte
Is this happen to you; you have a subject that you are very interested in, and you can focus in hours at a time, that is what we called in Psychology “hyper Focus, It’s basically fixation on a topic or activity. Humans who are in this state can do a task faster than a normal Human being. People in the Autism spectrum disorder, especially people who have Aspergers syndrome are really prone on to experience this, as well as people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. People with AS and ADHD when they are interested on a topic they can do it, like no one else.
We all need to excuses but People with ADHD need it more because they need to burn off all of the excess energy to focus. What sport should I participate on? It should be they thing that you like, it can be basketball, cycling, tennis or etc. you should enjoy sport that you choose because you can’t able to focus on it, it will fell like work and people with ADHD don’t like that. Start with running and biking because you don’t need to play with others, plus it’s not competitive and it is cheap, you don’t need for a gym membership in order to run and bike, just keep it as part your daily schedule and you can really focus more.
Attention deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a disorder that is characterize by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. In the upside people with ADHD are creative, full of energy and tend to be risk takers, they like to outdoors and can really hold good jobs but the jobs that choice can make or break their lives.
Here are the top three jobs for people with ADHD
- Actors, artist, musician, photographers, interior designer- people with ADHD can use their creativity in this area. Plus they are out of the box completely. So get a creative job.
- Police officer, first aid careers, fire fighters, military officers and TV war reporters- people with ADHD love a to take risk, they love being in the frontline of everything. Note: being a reporter is not for everyone on the ADHD spectrum because it requires organization but it can for people who have loads of organizational skills and who likes to multitask
- Entrepreneurs- people with ADHD likes jobs that are build around there likes not there dislikes so being an entrepreneur is one of the great ideas.
To thrive in their chosen careers people with ADHD need love what they do. They also need to get diagnosed. Do not be afraid of the diagnosis because just knowing you have it can make your life so easy.