AAADD – Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder
This is how it manifests . I decide to water my garden. As I turn on
the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs
washing. As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the front verandah
table that I brought up from the mail box earlier, just after the
mailman had made the delivery.
I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I put my car
keys on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage bin beside the table,
and noticed that the bin is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the
table and take out the garbage first.
But, then I think, since I’m going to be near the mailbox when I take
out the garbage anyway (and the mailman picks up the mail at noon) I
may as well pay the bills first. So, I take my cheque book off the
table, and see that there is only 1 cheque left. My spare cheque book
is in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I
find the can of Coke I’d been drinking earlier this morning.
I know I was going to look for my cheque book, but first I need to push
the Coke can aside so that I don’t accidentally knock it over. The Coke is
warm, so I decide to put it in the refrigerator to make it cold again.
As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the
dining room table catches my eye — they need water.
I put the Coke on the dining room table and discover my reading
glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning. I decide I better put
them back on my desk, but first I’m going to put more water in the flowers.
I set the glasses back down on the table, go to the kitchen sink to get
a jug and fill it with water and suddenly spot the TV remote on the
window sill. Someone left it there.
I realise that tonight when we go to watch TV, I’ll be looking for the
remote, but I won’t remember that it’s on the window sill, so I decide
to put it back in the lounge room where it belongs, but first I’ll
water the flowers. I pour some water in the jug, but spill some on the
So, I set the remote back on the kitchen bench, get some towels and
wipe up the spill. Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was
planning to do.
At the end of the day:
– the car isn’t washed
– the cheque’s aren’t written for the bills to be paid
– there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the dining room table
– the flowers don’t have enough water,
– there is still only 1 cheque in my cheque book,
– I can’t find the remote,
– I can’t find my glasses,
– the garbage hasn’t been taken out
– and I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.
Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really
baffled because I know I was busy all day, and I’m really tired now.
I realise this is a serious problem, and I’ll try to get some help for
Don’t laugh — if this isn’t you yet, your day is coming!!
GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY.
GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL.
LAUGHING AT YOURSELF IS THERAPEUTIC
(Sorry, couldn’t find the source. Saw this a few times back around 2005-6. It obviously made an impression on me since I kept it!)
Momcrieff – self diagnosed with AAADD.