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Posted Apr 02, 2003 at 5:46:57 PM
Subject: You Know Your ADD When

After reading over a bunch of the old posts, and responding to a few...I thought it'd be fun to share some of the funny stuff about ADD. Some of it might not seem funny at the time, but most of it is later on. Here are a few examples.

You know you're ADD when:

You think about how ridiculous aliens would think our way of transportation was if they were ever watching us.

You put the salt in the microwave instead of the cupboard, causing others in your abode to be perplexed for days about the "mystery salt-shaker".

Laughed at yourself for putting said shaker in the microwave....only to do it again an year and a half later...in a different microwave, of course.

You go to say something (even just one word), open your mouth, and utter the something so ridiculous that it even surprises you....earning yourself the nick name of "Boomer" in the process.

You break a bone (while drunk) because you were doing that thing you used to do when you were a kid where you hook arms and go back to back, taking turns flipping each other up in the air......on cement, because it was like "BEING ON A ROLLERCOASTER!!!!!!

You decide to move across the country after living in the same area since you were a baby within a span of 48 hours.

Feel free to add your own.....

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Posted:Apr 03, 2003 8:13:36 PM

Very very funny!
. . .

You know you're ADD when... the topic of conversation is say, the price of rice in China, and you snap out of a nice self induced quandry and say, " You know, I've always wanted a dog!"

You know you're ADD when...you're sobbing during a totally awe inspiring performance given by Carrot Top talking about dialing down the middle, and you notice that when the commercial is over you are being stared at like a freak at some out of the way carnival.

You know you're ADD when...while gearing up for the backstroke race of a lifetime, and instead of doing the perfect push, arch and plunge, you do the push, arch, and circle back to front!

I hope these bring a slight smile...Happy organizing!

Sincerely,

Anna
The "You just need to try Harder!" Queen

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Posted:Apr 03, 2003 10:10:31 PM

you find the lettuce in the freezer and for the life of you, you don't remember who put it there.

You do your personal best on a short answer test and the teacher says "You are in the ballpark, but it just isn't all there..."

On another answer the teacher tells you, "Gee it is all there, but next time can you work a little harder on organization as it was hard for me to search for the answers."

I wish I could just put away my shoes in the closet like my husband does instead of leaving them all over the house, which is wherever I choose to take them off at the moment....I have a pair in the living room, the family room, the office, etc..

Oh, and the piles of papers......I swear some gremlin came in the middle of the night and moved my piles of papers..so I couldn't find the one I needed the most...and as always it is in the stack that I looked through but for the life of me I just couldn't find it..

What about all the half finished projects that I never finished...and the one that takes the cake is the bathroom walls that are half painted from 5 years ago..with the tape that has long peeled off the woodwork has left a gummy residue in its wake..

I just did the dishes...they have been there for about 2 days...they never quite get put away...and oh, did I tell you about my laundry?? I HATE laundry...I don't mind putting it in the machine and throwing it in the dryer but I have a devil of a time folding it and putting it away.. It is sad when we start picking up the folded clothes and start wearing them...

You just finished explaining something to a friend, and they say..."What did you mean? You were talking in circles."

Thank heaven's my husband is patient...but you know what...he has learned to live with the mess when I don't take my meds...He can tell when I do because I get everything done at once....but I still have to tackle that bathroom...maybe this summer...:-)

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Posted:Apr 03, 2003 11:55:42 PM

Oh my...I thought I was the only one. Thank the lord for these message boards. My fiance can't understand why I can't be like him. Trouble is, I can't understand it either. I love my meds, but also struggle with remembering to take them. My fiance breaks out into a sweat and runs for the door screaming, "I'm going to the pharmacy!" everytime I forget to fill my prescription. He can't get to the store fast enough. I laugh trying to figure out just what he is so afraid of. Maybe I shouldn't laugh...maybe not taking my meds on time will cause some horrible event. I suppose my head could fall right off my neck, or I might start throwing rubber toys around the room (not!) or run over my foot with the car. I suppose I should be afraid too. HA! The thing about me that he doesn't seem to comprehend is, I wasn't diagnosed with ADD until I was 30. How did I manage tosurvive? I will get back to you on that one...I forgot.
Last quote of the night...
You know you have ADD when...nothing gets you down for long, you fall and get right back up again, bad things are easily forgotten along with taking out the garbage, and you find that your sense of humor is far far funnier than anyone else around you. (At least in your mind)
The truest example of yin and yang is someone who has ADD. Too much structure or too much chaos causes imbalance, but an equal share of both creates harmony.
Good night!
Anna

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Posted:Apr 04, 2003 3:17:46 AM

Funny topic, great bulletin board, here's mine:

You know that you're ADD when...

...you read halves of books.

...you start eating dinner, get up to put the radio on and suddenly decide to read the newspaper for a half an hour, forget what you read, and then return to the cold plate to finish dinner two hours later.

...it's easy to forgive but easier to forget.

...you go to a movie and walk out not knowing what it was about.

...you pour orange juice in the cereal bowl instead of milk.

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Posted:Apr 05, 2003 10:27:11 PM

Its kinda Like this psychotic dog I have. I cant seem to get him to move at all.. well time to go....
hey; let me intoduce em, To you all,

COME HERE "STAY" come on "stay " get a move on it!
Some folks here to meet you STAY" !

:}:)" I say to myself alot I just
cant get right! "

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Posted:Apr 06, 2003 8:18:16 PM

you know your add when...
you are takeing a shower and you cant remember how many times you have washed the same spot and dont know the spots you did already.


when you are looking at the traffic outside of you car and they seem all to be going in slow motion, and you only doing 45. not the normal 95 your used too.

neil

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Posted:Apr 07, 2003 7:24:18 AM

This is very embarrassing BUT I really did it.

You know your A.D.D. when you call the volkswagon dealership in hopes of getting a job driving because you saw the slogan, "We need good drivers", and thought it was an employment ad.

NO I AM NOT BLOND. . .JUST A.D.D.

You know your A.D.D. when you send your daughter a birthday card but forget to address it. Thank God, I put our return label address on it.

Have a good day!!!!!!!!

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Posted:Apr 07, 2003 12:36:32 PM

You know you're add when your husband asks you for aspirin and you go into the kitchen and take it thinking it's for YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I also get my vitamins out and cannot remember whether I've taken it or not (I have a few jars) So I had to create an "order" of how I take it.... *sigh

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Posted:Apr 07, 2003 12:59:58 PM

You know you're ADD when you say this prayer:

God, help me to keep my mind on one th-----look! a bird!---at a time

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Posted:Apr 07, 2003 8:16:09 PM

...if you can explain your complex medical condition and can't remember your phone number


... if you smell something cooking and it's the breakfast pan with the flame(low!) that you never turned off.


Kate.

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Posted:Apr 08, 2003 10:11:04 AM

your children don't have any pictures of them sitting on Santa's lap because you can't stand waiting in line that long.

Grocery shopping with my husband is torture.....he picks through the strawberries to find the perfect ones....jeez, just grab a handful would ya!

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Posted:Apr 09, 2003 4:34:50 PM

When you have a paper due today and you haven't started it yet! And then you'll write it and email it at exactly midnight. :)

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Posted:Apr 09, 2003 8:24:24 PM

Hmmm, maybe I'm ADD all of these things sound like things I've done, do or can relate to. It sure would explain a lot. Here I always thought it was the rest of the world that was affected...

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Posted:Apr 10, 2003 2:20:53 AM

You read some of the messages on this board several times because you keep forgetting where you're up to in the series of messages.

You have to smell your armpits to know if you've put on deodorant.

You laugh at the posts on this board, but they also make you sad because you identify so strongly with them.

You buy a new fax machine because you never learned how to operate the one you bought a few years ago, and then start to connect it, and it's months later, and you're still going to a copy store to send faxes.

You have all kinds of other equipment that you've never used including TIVO, even though you paid the subscription fee over a year ago, because you knew that the price of the subscription was going up.

You go to the main post office on April 15th or when your tax extension ends and there's only a few minutes before midnight.

You're surprised that you remember the topic of the conversation, after you've gone off on several tangents.

You don't cook because trying to figure out what to buy and prepare is too overwhelming.

You have terrific ideas that you don't know how to put into action.

Although you have advanced degrees, you've never been able to write an outline for a paper.

Planning and following a plan feels like being put in a straitjacket and tortured.

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Posted:Apr 10, 2003 9:16:18 PM

When you can't focus on a menu in a restaurant, no matter how much time the server gives you...until everyone at the table has ordered and you are forced to commit.

When you have to ask for the time over and over because you never listen to the answer.

When you have to combine morning tasks into groups (eg brush teeth while showering) because you can't make yourself get out of bed early enough to get things done on time.

When you find your daughter asking you who you're talking to in the car (when she knows it's not her)

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Posted:Apr 12, 2003 10:49:59 PM

you know u have a.d.d when..
youve asked ya hubbie ten times how his day has been n he just says... why dont u listen..

when fixing dinner u decide to clean up n vac the floor only to burn the dinner..


you go to the suppermarket with hubbie n kids.. and go around looking at the labels n putting them in the trolley only to discover that hubbie has already got that item n is way ahead of you!!!!.. and he can do shopping in ten minutes where as it takes you nealy a hour.. because u keep going roun n round in circles because youve missed something on one isle.. while getting something else.. n then forgoten what you went in that isle for...


and also when writting this you know it makes sence to you but will not make sence to others lol.

..when you go to the kitchen to get a drink for yourself n your toddler.. only to find that youve put.. milk in her cup and cocoa cola in your coffe cup!!*with your coffe n sugar lol* lol.

when people tell you that coke speeds pple up n u look at them blank n go buggar off!! when you drink like 20 cups of coffe a day *or more* just to survive... (not to mention half cold cups left in diff rooms while u went to look for something) lol.


i think i'll stop now.. because you'll neva read to hear without falling on the floor ROFLOL.. with sympatie n emapathy.. cus u know u just like me! lol ;-)

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Posted:Apr 15, 2003 5:01:47 PM

Wow! Thanks so much everyone for sharing your "idiosyncrocies" with all of us. Arlene, I think I related to yours most closely. I know that I have personally done or thought about at least 80% of the things people have posted about. It makes me feel better knowing that I'm not the only one doing this stuff, and that as a group, we can be zany and entertaining in a manner that is unique to us. That, I feel, is a gift.

There are things about being ADD/ADHD that I would not change for all the gold in Fort Knox. Maybe that should be the next topic for you know you're ADD when. We tend to be gifted in areas that many others are not, so please try to remember that when the frustrating things such as we have all listed here start to REALLY piss us off (Lord knows I have my days). Actually, had one of them last week when I was all proud of myself for remembering to show up at an appointment with my Homeopath/M.D. Was feeling pretty good about it until a nice young lady came out from behind the counter and whispered to me, "Can I talk to you for a second?" She then informed me that my appointment had been at 3:00 as opposed to the 4:00 time (which I had showed up 10 min. late for). Quite embarrassing, but I tried to just be proud that I had made it there on the right date....lol.

Anyhow, yesterday I got back on Ritalin for the first time in 4 years...Thank God! I am so amazed at how different I feel already. When it kicked in this morning it was like someone threw a light switch. Nice break.

Take it easy all, and be kind to yourselves. Peace!

Traci

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Posted:Apr 30, 2003 5:36:24 AM

--You feel a sudden panic because you just answered "yes" to a very important question your spouse asked you right before they walked out the door, and you don't remember what the question was

-- You forget a really funny thing you were about to type, because the previous one -- about the question you can't remember -- took to long to type.

-- It is more important for your clothes to be comfortable than for them to be clean.

-- You have used the same toothbrush for 6 months and it still looks like new. . . *ugh

-- Your notes from school have more pictures and doodles than words.

-- Your wife complains about feeling like she's your mother

-- You have run at least 3 stoplights in your life and been very angry at the "idiot" who almost ran into you

-- You find that even though it is 4:35am you can't resist adding your post to this thread because it feels very therapeutic (and it's fun)

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Posted:May 02, 2003 7:36:38 PM

your comment on shopping with the husband is exactly how i feel , my husband takes years in the grocery , i hate it ,, lol laura

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Posted:May 02, 2003 8:09:53 PM

I can't belive how many things i relate to on here .. you know how many times i left the burner on ,??? how many times i made two trips and sometimes 3 down grocery isles because i needed something else and blew by it to quick ..
i only have one picture with my son in santa's lap and that is because my sister took him .. he has another with the easter bunny , she took him for that too!!

i hate lines ... arrrrrggghh .. prior to meds that is ..
saying yes to things and not knowing what you said yes to

actually following a conversation even though your mind is wondering , and being able to do this sometimes sucessfully ..

the only thing that is consistant is your inconsistancy ...

afraid to make commitments that require responsibilty and planning , structure . i run the other way ..

never knowing what to make for dinner ,, is this a problem we all have??? this is amazing , thanks , i am going to read some more .. laura

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