The following is a rant about ADHD diagnosis.. or the opposite that so many are suffering from today and that causes so many problems in society (apart from of course the good stuff). The list in “ADHD for adults” is horrible and quite meaningless if you consider other perspectives. It’s probably written by someone with OADHD.
And I have great respect for all people struggling out there and for those that has been helped by the diagnose. But don’t ever forget, there’s nothing wrong with ADHD-diagnosed people. It’s the OADHD people’s fault.. or perhaps the whole system that society is based upon. We are all in this together.
Only one project going on simultaneously; trouble to quit.
The problem with this symptom is the lack of seeing where the project is going. The will and capability of changing direction during the project often creates an end-result, but the end-result might actually be useless. The inability to quit in time make projects cost more than they should. The effect on society of this behaviour is enormous. For example, a large Swedish agency paid over $1,5 billion for an IT-solution that in the end when implemented wasn’t functioning according to the real needs of the organisation and customers (the tax-payers).
A tendency to never say what comes to mind in time due to the risk of upsetting others
To never express true opinions about a project, a person, a method or a business is a very dangerous disorder. This causes unwanted behaviour to be a norm and standard. We see it in society overall and the effects of economic decisions causes more and more debts. In the worst case, this behaviour can make soldiers perform genocide. In the more daily case the symptoms are to have an over-belief into and even fear of authorities.
A frequent avoidance for high stimulation.
Anything that cause strong feelings in public or embarrassment or joy or any strong emotion these people avoid. The stimulation is experienced as something problematic and difficult even if it’s a positive thing for the individual. The effects of this behaviour is for example the inability to be connect to the self – the difficulty to find meaning and purpose with the own existence. The individual shuts off the emotional spectrum in fear of losing control of the behaviour. Other more peculiar effects us the inability to learn in public, for example asking for help using technology for the first time, using credit cards, smart-phones, computers etc.
A tolerance of boredom
This mental disorder is very useful for management levels when for example industrial jobs needs to be done. The inability to connect to self, expressing own thoughts and being scared of emotions and conflict make it possible to endure boring tasks a whole life in fact. This is very dangerous especially these days when there’s always a risk of these patients to go bananas in the end – they discover the need something to “happen”.
Hard distractibility; trouble digression attention, tendency not to tune out or see other perspectives, can’t abrupt ways of thinking.
Patients need often to focus on one thing at the time and without distractions. Even if something else happens that could be alarming the focus need and linear process thinking will not be affected. This disorder translates into difficulties of listening to many points of views at the same time. The will to shut off disurbing thoughts or view-points creates even more focus on the current task instead of perhaps changing focus and changing task. The disorder also leads to slowness – every single action needs to be analyzed and pre-calculated in advance.
Seldom creative, intuitive, nor particularly intelligent
The focusing narrows perspectives and creates a sense of wholeness in the details. This means opportunities are seen as threats and possible risks of losing focus. Creativity is seen as something unecessary and dangerous since it’s unknown territory – it might distract from the focus and that is uncomfortable. The intuitiveness is also weak since that also points to the unknown – of course these individuals also have gut feelings but those are never leading to actions. Intelligence is hard to define but perhaps it can be best defined by the ability to understand larger concepts and connection smaller concepts and combining several views – the ability to “digress”, stand back from the immediate and understand on holistic levels.
Preference in going through established channels and following “proper” procedure.
This flaw causes strong hierarchy models of decision making leading to mass distruction of the planet for example war, environment disasters, global financial crisis and dictatorships, genocide, concentration camps and excessive wealth for some and poverty and mass starvation. I also lead to well functioning systems that for example deliver prosperity, health care, schools, democracy etc. Its properties are controlled by the intention of the system that the hierarchy has determined for good of for worse – feelings do not matter when following procedures even if the procedures are obviously wrong.
Patience; high tolerance of frustration.
This symptom is also caused by the shutting off. Like an animal in a cage giving up escape it becomess less and less frustrated and is willing to accept poor conditions, low quality of life. When enough time has passed the frustration goes away. It’s often a phenomena for patients feeling joy in accepting what cannot be changed – it gives comfort.
Never impulsive, neither verbally nor in action
This behaviour leads to what in popular language might be referred to nerdyness. Spontaneous behaviour is seldom seen, everything needs to be planned and calculated in beforehand. Impulsive behaviour is seen as a risk and danger with fear of losing control. With fear of losing face and social hierarchy levels.
Never changing plans, never enacting new schemes nor career plans and the like; low-tempered.
A change of plan or behaviour is seen as problematic since the planning process is essential of any endeavour. It’s better to stick to the plan even if it’s wrong. It’s better to make a decision and stick to than make a new one causing to change the plan.
A tendency to avoid worries at all costs; a tendency to ignore the horizon looking for
changing factors, alternating with attention to only focus on dangers of immediate character.
This is also about the planning and focusing. Worries are the ones that are immediate not those that are further down the road. This narrow thinking leads to loss of knowledge about trends and the future. Short-term decisions focuses only on the immediate. Effects in society today are global warmning, industrial-inspired education systems, massive traffic problems, pollution etc.
A sense of security
No matter what happens the disorder always produces a sense of security. The security of being inside a system/machine with a plan. The complete trust in authorities and their plans creates safety and the sense of security. Preventing all sorts of change of plan also gives comfort. An analogy is perhaps the boiling of a crayfish. As long as it stay in the water it feels safe.
No mood swings, especially when disengaged from a person or a project
This disorder causes many problems in society. Feelings are kept inside and the shutting down leads to problems later in life especially for small children. The disengagement leads to disconnection of reality and social values – the individual turns into a machine and usually live life as a robot more or less, if not the main part of the day at during working hours.
Physical and cognitive rest
The ideal state of a person with OADHD is the hammock or the bed – and with the mind state of having completed a plan – mindlessness. In this state the patient feels happy and content doing nothing and thinking nothing – with no worries and no plan to accomplish. In society this leads to people becoming fat or even obece. The ideal is to be still and do nothing and also to be eating something while doing nothing. TV is the perfect technology for this state.
A tendency toward habit-forming behavior
Addictivess to various subjects or substances are seldom seem. These patients create habits that they do everyday almost mechanically. A normal behaviour would be to discover new things and to be curious and willing to test and try out and last but not least to learn. Creating habits of for example exercise, food and behaviour might be good for most people, but self-trained helplessness in changing world is dangerous. The ability to change self and others leads to stagnation in a surrounding changing world.
Chronic good-feeling of self-esteem.
No matter what happens these people are feeling a sense of being in control and put themselves high amonst the rest of the social environment. It’s seldom the patients fault when something goes wrong and it’s always difficult to se others as possible helpers. This also means these people tend to move up in heirarchical systems since others tend to think the self-esteem is a sign of knowledge and know-how.
These patients are very well aware of themselves and their place in the hierarchy. They know how their behaviour can give them benefits from teachers, bosses and in other situations. They can manipulate and make others work for them. They can also learn about their own behaviour and change in certains ways if the rewards are immediate or according to the plan (the career).
I should probably add more examples and be less frustrated, my emotions probably qualifies me for an own diagnose. Please also watch this: