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Our world is not made for folks with AD/HD. AD/HD is less commonly known as Attention Abundance Syndrome (ASS) and that is what we end up feeling like most of the time for not remembering deadlines, forgetting where we put our keys, or not being able to pay attention to a conversation. Folks with AD/HD are given the gift of being able to attend to more stimuli that non-AD/HDers. Unfortunately, this means we struggle with paying attention to detail and managing our time well. Think about the TV section at Best Buy where they have 30 different types of TVs playing the same program. That is how the world feels to the non-AD/HDer. Now imagine every single TV in this section is now playing a different program and you are asked to pay attention to only one of them while tuning the rest out. That's AD/HD. It's not easy. Life with AD/HD can feel overwhelming and under stimulating at the same time. Folks with AD/HD are given the gift of spontaneity, creativity, and seeing 'outside the box.' Again, the structure of our society doesn't allow for much 'outside the box thinking.' This is where problems with school, work, and relationships creep in. Despite being highly creative and intelligent, folks with AD/HD feel like lightbulbs, very very bright, but not efficient.

With proper understanding of the condition and its gifts and challenges, an AD/HD therapist can help make more sense of the disorder. Support and structure can help with managing the many draw backs of the condition without stigmatizing its many gifts. AD/HD managed in the right way can lead to a very promising and fulfilling life.

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