Who are you?
I am a human that teaches at a university, writes, and lives with ADHD. Philosophically, though, “I” is an illusion stitched together from fragments of experience that the ego manufactures to protect itself, so the question is meaningless.
In the legal universe, I’d have to tell you that I am not a medical or psychology professional. This blog reflects my personal experience only. It is not intended to substitute for advice from a competent professional (or even a competent person). If you need help, seek help from a qualified professional.
What is ADHD?
Why do you call this blog Attention Deficit Whatever?
Because we used to have ADD and ADHD, and some committee decided we should not have ADD anymore and instead have ADHD-I or ADHD-PI which is psychologyspeak for “ADHD without H,” yet many psychologists continue to use “ADD” in their books along with this explanation which sounds like the inside of the brain of someone with ADD.
Also, there are significant arguments against calling this a “deficit” and over-emphasizing the “disorder” aspect.
What are your credentials?
For writing about ADHD, none. For teaching writing, I hold a BA and an MFA in creative writing. I also completed the coursework for a Ph.D. in critical studies in teaching English, and the coursework and exams for a Ph.D. in educational leadership. But I gave up on both of those. As of this moment, I am in my seventeenth year of teaching.
What treatments to you recommend for ADHD?
I recommend that you ask someone who knows what they’re talking about. Seriously. Asking me that question is like asking Larry King for marriage advice.
I know what helps me, but I often don’t do it.
Why are you writing this blog?
I hope to become the Julie Powell of mental health.
What makes you happy?
Beer, music, writing, children, marriage, gadgets, reading, bicycles, yoga, Buddhism, vitamins, MSNBC, and beer.
What are your symptoms?
Procrastination, low confidence, anxiety, distractability, disorganization, dysphoric rumination, poor memory, and procrastination.
Do you take drugs?
Ritalin and caffeine are my friends. I currently take Concerta, which is a time-release version of Ritalin. Also, certain supplements seem to help: B-12, monolaurin, and krill oil.
Isn’t everyone a little ADHD?
If you’re sad, does that make you a little clinically depressed? If you drink, does that make you a little alcoholic? If you’ve ever eaten too much and thrown up, does that make you a little bulimic?
How did you ever become a professor with ADHD?
Sometimes I wonder. I used to think it was a big mistake, and that every piece of mail that arrived home from the University was the beginning of my severance package. I procrastinate a lot, and that causes problems. But I’m good at working with students and I am an idea machine. When that doesn’t help, I make lame jokes.
What are you most afraid of?
Dying alone and penniless. That, and telephone calls.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Haven’t been paying attention either, have we?