Monday, February 27, 2006
What does this mean? Are all gifted people ADHD? Am I?! I recognized myself in many case studies. It makes my head spin a little. Especially because according to some experts the only way to know for sure if you have it is to try stimulant medication and see if it alleviates your symptoms. About 2/3 of people diagnosed with some form of ADHD respond to meds - so what about the other 1/3? What hope or help for them?
My interim conclusion is that we are in the infancy of all brain sciences and in future people will look back on this time and shudder at our ignorance. There's no doubt that our medications do wonders for many mental illnesses and that we have made enormous progress. But in terms of understanding what is really going on inside someone's mind and soul and treating it by applying chemicals to their brain, I think we have miles to go.
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i think being labeled as gifted was one of the worst things that ever happened to me. i would have much prefered to have been labeled ADD (without the drugs of course) and have gotten some real attention. what the gifted diagnosis did to me was alienate an already self-alienated kid. all throughout my schooling i was taken out of class for tests and shipped away once a week for special classes where we played games of all things. it was such a waste of time.
my teachers never connected with me and hardly ever made me do anything special and whenever they did it was always a hassle. it really made me feel like i was a burden on everyone. i turned into an anti-social underachiever who ate his lunch in the library every day, alone. . .
The lesson today? You WILL be punished if you are not entirely flat, boring and conformist. You will be unconsciously, and unthinkingly flayed.
These ass-heads who will punish you actually believe themselves to be appropriately punishing "elitism".
I know that when I drink coffee it helps me to focus on things. It also helps my oldest daughter who is probably ADHD. Again I don't like the social stigma that being "diagnosed" gives.
I am not sure if I'd try any other stimulant. I hardly take aspirin for headaches trying natural ways to alleviate the problems.
I think that maybe right now the drugs are just a step. We certainly have a long way to go.
And, Unsane, you were right with 'effect' ... but have coffee anyway :-)