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Is ADHD Evolution?
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Posted 9/28/09
More and more people have this "problem" as time goes on. But think about it... today's society is one of multi-tab browsers, cell phones that do a million things, computers that are capable of running tons of programs at once and all multi-tasking is the norm.

Isn't it beneficial to have a brain that can quickly move from one thing to the next? Isn't that far more useful for operating in today's world than a brain that can only really focus on one thing and has a hard time rapidly switching from one thing to the next?
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...yeah with the help of tech.... women are doing multi tasks as it is perceived
Posted 9/28/09
I have ADHD, people always says it's a mental condition, but I never thought it was a mental problem and it has never held me back in anyway before and more times than not it has helped me, I have excess energy, I've never had problems switching one task to another or multi-tasking, I also have to keep myself busy with something somewhat interesting or I would become really bored. It seems people who can take can properly take advantage of ADHD can achieve a lot in life. It's possible it could be evolution.
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Having ADHD has a whole lot of cons than pro. For starters, you tend to get suicidal, melancholic , extremely short attention span, memory problems, and other problems that my psychologist told me ages ago. Despite the fact that most ADHD sufferers has an above average intelligence, they can't fully utilized their intellect if they tend to get moody all of the sudden.
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first off, you should have defined what ADHD first, so that people who are unaware of it can react properly.
anyway, i dont think ADHD has something to do with how people multi-task.

the concept may be the same, but if you look at it deeply, it's totally different.
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Maou068 wrote:
ADHD sufferers has an above average intelligence.


I always thought ADHD was just caused by lack of sleep

Those who jump on the bed raging are above average
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macphapie wrote:


Maou068 wrote:
ADHD sufferers has an above average intelligence.


I always thought ADHD was just caused by lack of sleep

Those who jump on the bed raging are above average

You mean the pic with the "I HAZ ADD!" on it?
Posted 9/29/09
I do get pretty moody at times, and I am easy to irritate. I've never had much trouble concentrating on tasks, it's just I get bored easily. There is more than one type of ADHD as well, so symptoms vary from person to person.
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You mean the pic with the "I HAZ ADD!" on it?


How are you able to know my references? o.O?
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macphapie wrote:


Maou068 wrote:


You mean the pic with the "I HAZ ADD!" on it?


How are you able to know my references? o.O?


Just a wild guess...
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Posted 9/29/09
i got adhd. but i smoked pot so i was always chill
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Posted 9/29/09
I thought adhd people can't concentrate. That would suck if I had it
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Posted 9/30/09
Evolution is basically a sequence of useful mutations.
So... if it's useful, sure it could be considered that.
Interesting way of looking at it.
Posted 9/30/09

leilockheart wrote:
first off, you should have defined what ADHD first, so that people who are unaware of it can react properly.
anyway, i dont think ADHD has something to do with how people multi-task.

the concept may be the same, but if you look at it deeply, it's totally different.
I agree. personally I can't begin a discussion without fully understanding the subject in question first. Therefore here's a complete background on ADHD(attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) from the National Instituter of Mental Health: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder/complete-index.shtml

First, let's look at the possibility of adults with ADHD could be better at multitasking due to their symptoms:

Can adults have ADHD?

Some children with ADHD continue to have it as adults. And many adults who have the disorder don't know it. They may feel that it is impossible to get organized, stick to a job, or remember and keep appointments. Daily tasks such as getting up in the morning, preparing to leave the house for work, arriving at work on time, and being productive on the job can be especially challenging for adults with ADHD.

These adults may have a history of failure at school, problems at work, or difficult or failed relationships. Many have had multiple traffic accidents. Like teens, adults with ADHD may seem restless and may try to do several things at once, most of them unsuccessfully. They also tend to prefer "quick fixes," rather than taking the steps needed to achieve greater rewards.
So there we have it, the problem with people who have ADHD isn't because they can multitask, but rather is the fact they can't keep track on what they're doing. That's why they'll go from doing one thing then another without them even notice on how and why they're doing it. In a sense, they're so scatterbrained that they don't even know just how scatterbrained they are for themselves.

However, there are those with ADHD who succeeded in life(http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/754.html). But only because most of them with their inability for risk management, allowed them to get lucky with their risky ideas. While most of them hired people who are more capable with handling details than they do, to work for them at managing their risks. Most of them jumped before they looked, and luckily most of them landed on a market and got to be the first who capitalized it. When most of them still have problems socializing with normal people due to their ADHD/ADD.

I kept saying "most of them", because there were two individuals among them who really stood out to me; the economist Diane Swonk:

Swonk's struggle with her learning disability has given her a disarming sense of humility. "I know what it's like to be scared when you're crossing the street and to wonder if you're going to be lost once you get to the other side. Or to get behind the wheel of a car and not know if you're going to reach your destination. I have learned to take that in stride."

Swonk believes that humility is a virtue in business. "You never get too far ahead of yourself when you're humble," she explains. "You can be secure, but it's good to keep a clear and open mind about things. My dyslexia probably made me insecure when I was younger, but now it serves as an underlying reminder of my own humility."
And the executive Charles Schwab:

His struggle with his learning disability shaped him as an entrepreneur. It taught him humility. "You're never quite certain you've accomplished what you wanted to do. It's wonderful fuel for motivation." It has helped him accomplish some things in his career that he wouldn't have believed possible.

Like economist Diane Swonk, he says, "I found something I was good at and became passionate about it. I also discovered that many skills and talents, in addition to reading ability, are as important in the making of a top executive. Character, ethics, communication skills, consistency, analytical and relationship skills. Those are important for leaders. I have some of those skills, and I work with a lot of great people who bring other strengths and talents to the table."

This is what I find to be important; unlike most successful entrepreneur with ADHD/ADD, these two struggled with overcoming their learning disability. And emerged to be better persons both professionally and socially.
Posted 9/30/09
well i have add which is like adhd with out the hyperactive part
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