ADHD can cost adults 20 or more workd...

ADHD can cost adults 20 or more workdays a year

There are 75 comments on the The Associated Press story from May 26, 2008, titled ADHD can cost adults 20 or more workdays a year . In it, The Associated Press reports that:

When 'Fidgety Philip' grows up, the problems of attention deficit disorder can multiply into loss of nearly a month's work per year.

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Justifiably Bellicose

West Palm Beach, FL

#71 May 30, 2008
That's nothing! I read that ADHD can make adults... Hey, anyone want pizza?
Mom

Skippack, PA

#72 Jun 1, 2008
Justifiably Bellicose wrote:
That's nothing! I read that ADHD can make adults... Hey, anyone want pizza?
I have to tell you, as much as your post made me laugh, you have hit the nail right on the head. That is exactly what it is like for people with ADHD. Your thoughts go all over the place. Thank you for your humor, you made me smile.
onenation

Chico, CA

#73 Jun 1, 2008
If it's any concilation to you "mom", as they grow, they sometimes get better. My middle kid was like that but he found a cure. Instead of going to jail, he works two jobs and goes to school full time. He also took up real high adrenalin sports like down hill skiing and rock climbing. The more dangerous, the better.I know it sounds counter intuitive but it really helped him focus to get that extreme rush from down hill skiing. I swear by it!
Save the vegetables

Scranton, PA

#74 Jun 2, 2008
Just like I thought someone else that doesn't know what they are talking about. No scientific facts just tired rhetoric and insults to cover for your lack of knowledge on the subject. Idiots like you do nothing but propagate this scam.
Jesse wrote:
<quoted text>How arrogant you are. I do not perform on demand to people with your attitude. Do you think that just because someone needs a heart medication they have to explain why it works, or justify it? Neither do those who need other medicaitons. Your are narrow minded and very predjudiced. I can't imagine what it would be like to be around someone who was so judgemental. I bet even the rats in your cellar would run away from you!
Cabe

United States

#75 Jun 2, 2008
Honestly, while at times it can be annoying, I don't view ADD as a burden on me. Infact, thanks to the high creativity boosts, quick 'mind jumps' and various other things associated with ADD, its helped me get to where I'm at today. I've actually had people be disgusted because they thought I had a 'leg up' on them because of my ADD. Like its some sort of huge advantage. There are problems associated, its really difficult for me to keep track of mundane things but I work around it using my phone, outlook calender and todo lists. Concentration is hard at times and my short-term memory is seriously lacking. But used effectively, ADD certainly can an advantage in today's modern working world, especially with multi-tasking. My daughter shows obvious signs of ADHD and she doesn't sit down and watch tv or play video games all day, she's athletic; in Karate, Cheerleading and softball. I've helped her learn how to cope and use her ADHD as an advantage not a disadvantage. Some say that's the same as telling her she's better than everyone else, but I find most of those types of people to be idiots anyways. There is no way I'd put my daughter on drugs, period.
orlando native

United States

#76 Jun 2, 2008
Sigmund Fraud wrote:
Here's a nice little video about ADHD and the DSM
http://tinyurl.com/489qqf
They guy talking needs to be on something. He can't even talk in complete sentences.

But I do believe that doctors arae too quick to put kids on these drugs. They tried to say my daughter needed to be on the drugs and I said no. The doctor at school watched her and she did everything she was suppose to do. Has anyone ever think about the things they put to our foods? I can tell when she has had too much sugar. They can't tell me that sugar doesn't affect kids.
orlando native

United States

#78 Jun 2, 2008
Cabe wrote:
Honestly, while at times it can be annoying, I don't view ADD as a burden on me. Infact, thanks to the high creativity boosts, quick 'mind jumps' and various other things associated with ADD, its helped me get to where I'm at today. I've actually had people be disgusted because they thought I had a 'leg up' on them because of my ADD. Like its some sort of huge advantage. There are problems associated, its really difficult for me to keep track of mundane things but I work around it using my phone, outlook calender and todo lists. Concentration is hard at times and my short-term memory is seriously lacking. But used effectively, ADD certainly can an advantage in today's modern working world, especially with multi-tasking. My daughter shows obvious signs of ADHD and she doesn't sit down and watch tv or play video games all day, she's athletic; in Karate, Cheerleading and softball. I've helped her learn how to cope and use her ADHD as an advantage not a disadvantage. Some say that's the same as telling her she's better than everyone else, but I find most of those types of people to be idiots anyways. There is no way I'd put my daughter on drugs, period.
I love it. That is what my daughter does too. She is forever moving doing something. She can sit still when she needs too. She has 7 teachers and only half know what to do. The others just yell at her. It is very hard for anyone to sit still for a long time. I have a hard time sitting still. My butt goes numb.

“I Love Life, People & Animals”

Since: Feb 07

El Paso, Texas

#79 Jun 2, 2008
orlando native wrote:
<quoted text>I love it. That is what my daughter does too. She is forever moving doing something. She can sit still when she needs too. She has 7 teachers and only half know what to do. The others just yell at her. It is very hard for anyone to sit still for a long time. I have a hard time sitting still. My butt goes numb.
Cabe and Orlando Native, well stated. Sure glad some can tell it straight about having and living with ADD/ADHD.

Cheers
Jesse

Orlando, FL

#80 Jun 2, 2008
Save the vegetables wrote:
Just like I thought someone else that doesn't know what they are talking about. No scientific facts just tired rhetoric and insults to cover for your lack of knowledge on the subject. Idiots like you do nothing but propagate this scam.
<quoted text>
You are so angry and judgemental; I think you need Prozac and Valium.
snowman Bath PA

Allentown, PA

#81 Jun 2, 2008
Another reason for the jerks not to work and you, as the good worker, have to pick it up; or worse that's where your union dues, to take care of people that don't want to work. Years ago, the lions ate these do nothings.
Save the vegetables

Scranton, PA

#82 Jun 2, 2008
Once again, jesse cannot provide any validated facts and only her worthless opinion. Keep on promoting the fraud that ADHD is.
Jesse wrote:
<quoted text>You are so angry and judgemental; I think you need Prozac and Valium.

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#83 Jun 2, 2008
Jesse wrote:
<quoted text>You are so angry and judgemental; I think you need Prozac and Valium.
I would not wish PROZAC on my worst enemy.
Better that the enemy linger on, in excruciating pain ...

dwr

Since: Dec 06

Lake Charles, LA

#84 Jun 2, 2008
Save the vegetables wrote:
Yea, right; just keep abdicating yourself of your personal responsibility.
Drug em up to conform, resistance is futile.
<quoted text>
You haven't got a clue, in how to deal with a kid that has ADHD. It takes a lot of patience and understanding. Actualy more patience than anything else, It is easy to become frustrated with the kid, but all that does is cause a situation to esculate to the point of shutting down communication. You have to maintain restraint and be the calm one when trying to deal with them. Traditional punishments do not work, and will do a lot more harm than good. With a small child with ADHD, a time out is almost cruel. If You haven't been there, then You dont know.
Cabe

United States

#85 Jun 3, 2008
Wow, you 'ADHD is a fraud' people just don't get it do you? ADHD is not an illness, its a higher form of thinking and functioning. The problem is those that don't have it are jealous of those that do so they do everything in their power to bring those that do have it down to their 'normality.'

People only view ADHD as a disability because they've been told it is. They are told because of it they are lazy and lethargic so they become so. Instead of teaching people how to deal and use their different way of thinking (why is it analytical minds automatically hate relational thinking?) to better themselves, they try to shut it down out of fear and anger. Why do you think the Netherlands has a higher positive ADD population? If you've ever been to the Netherlands you'll notice that ADD isn't automatically assumed as a disability, its viewed as another way the brain works to keep up with modern society. Think of it as a type of evolution, maybe adjustment is a better word. As all this information flows into us, our brains have to be able to process it. This is where ADD comes in. We didn't have instant communication mediums 60 years ago, we didn't have the ability to get our news, stocks, reviews, talks with friends, etc... in an instant. We do now, but if you notice a lot of older people cannot deal with the information overload (read: baby boomers) so their brains effectively shut down from the over-stimulation. Now you have these people who have ADD that may have problems doing things once at a time but yet excel in multitasking with great efficiency. That's where people get scared.

Once had an HR person for a rather large company in Europe told me she was discouraged from hiring ADD people because raises the bar and can cause issues with employees that don't have the ability to effectively multitask causing lower moral and generally unhappy employees. If you read some of the more accurate studies on ADD (as opposed to the one linked in this article) you'll notice that those who have it that are assigned high-level tasks are able to cope a lot easier and end up being more productive. An example would be Jeff Bezos (Amazon CEO), another good one would be David Neeleman, CEO of JetBlue that calls ADD one of his biggest assets.(while he has had a bad rap as of late, its not all his fault, he has done wondrous things with jetblue)

Unfortunately, most of the people doing research on ADHD, ADHD-I (classified as adult ADD) such as psychologists, psychiatrists and medical doctors are by in large trained on the pathology model. If you’re looking solely for dysfunction and very little else, that’s generally what you’ll find. There are exceptions of course, such as Dr. Ed Hallowell and John Ratey (google them).

There are is a lot of information on the ADD as an advantage subject, there are issues associated with it, but I believe it to be more psychological with people being told that this is a problem that must be crushed and not a benefit that must be nurtured.
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