Now that she's back in the atmosphere

Fact 10: I have ADHD.

I have a very very short attention span, and I get bored very easily. My mind wanders at the drop of a hat, and it’s hard for me to see thing through to completion. Hence, me already struggling with this meme, and I’m only on fact 10! 😉 I was diagnosed with ADHD back in mid-1983, and was put on Ritalin. (Back then, I was diagnosed as ADD, but what I have, today, is called ADHD Combined Type.) Yes, I was a Ritalin kid, but that was before it was so commonly over-prescribed like it is now.

I was only on Ritalin for about 9 months, until school ended for the year. My mom, brother, and I were going to England for a month (June 84), and my mom didnt want to mess with the prescription. (If I recall correctly, I would have run out mid-way through the trip, and the pharmacist wouldnt give us an advance on the next refill just because we were going to be out of the country.) I dont remember the reasons, but I went back on Ritalin for another year in 1987. Again, that only lasted the school year.

Like I started to describe at the last paragraph, Im pretty my textbook ADHD. Constantly fidgeting either my legs are bouncing, my feet tapping, hands moving, something. I have to be in constant motion. Im disorganized, cant focus, always restless, rambling, difficulty finishing what I start, and I take on too many projects at once. Im impulsive, hyperactive, …and probably repeating the same things over and over. Chalk that up to my easy distractibility. 😉

I often live in a little fantasy world in my head, because of the ADHD. My mind races through situations, reenacting things, creating ones, jumping from topic to topic and idea to idea. People sometimes have told me I seem standoffish, or like Im on a different planet. (My favorite to visit was always Pluto. Poor little guy.) And my mind already wandered too much to know where I was going with this paragraph. Yes, Im writingthis one kind of the way my mind works, which is jumbled and all over the place. Hah.

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