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ttoad_99
Joined Mar 10, 2004
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Posted:Mar 11, 2004 12:37:51 AM

:shock: I have to say..This is my first time here and you all have made me so (cheesy) happy...I love these lists...No clue what to say...mind went blank...oh yeah, Thank you all...

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Anonymous
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Posted:Mar 24, 2004 10:16:16 PM

I don't know if I have ADD, not officially diognosed, but I wanted to add on some of my experiances.

*Your best friend laughs at you when after getting to page 50 of a book he gave you to read you say "I think I've all ready read this, I think I remember this part." At page 75 you realize you only read the parts about your favorite charecter.

*While reading said book you he laughs because you are taking so long, have had the book for months, Because you are determind to read all the pages this time. Eventually you come to and realise you have just read the same paragraff five time and still have no idea what it says so you skip it. (he'll never know)

*Best friend gets royally pissed when he relized that you are holding the card he has been looking for in rummy, for six turns. And you didn't even relize you could play it. :D then while playing that card you see another one you forgot you had.

*You had the best intentions of cleaning your room till you found that magazine with the artical on ADD, which you read then had to go look up more information, on your computer. Eventually when you got ready to go to bed you realize you can't get on your bed because of all the crap you pilled on it while "cleaning" you room. So you shove it in the floor beside the bed. You can pick it up tomarrow. (that was three weeks ago)

*when your boss tells you to how to arange the vegtables you walk out with the best of intentions but before you get to the shelf you have forgotten, so you go back and ask again, this time you don't even make it to the door, the third time you write it down.

*staying at a hotel with friends they leave you to register for events at the convention, you ask four time what your room number is. They tell you four times. On the fourth time you where sure you heard the answer but they are not gone five seconds before you realize you have no idea what the room was. I think it started with a four or was that a two? so you run around the entire hotel looking for the van. Then finally call them with your cell phone from the lobby just to find your room. Hmm I was right it did start with a four. :D

*You ask three times where the pop machine key is and after that to embarresed to admit you where not listening to the answer you just serch the entire place till you find it.

*you always loose games because you have no idea how to play even after they read you the rules twice.

*sorry for taking so much room, just one more. Said best fried has to drive you around up and down through all levels of the parking garage at midnight to find your car because for the life of you you have NOoo idea, no not even a clue where you parked. Ok so I thought it was on the left side

I really don't know if I'm ADD maybe I'm just differant. But for some reason after reading that artical, things seem to make a little more sense. Ironicly that magazine came out in 1999 and that artical has been sitting under my be ever since. Now I laugh more at the stupid things I do rather than get upset or think I'm crazy or stupid. Even looking back things I rember from my childhood now seem to make sense.

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sMack79
Joined Mar 28, 2004
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Posted:Mar 28, 2004 7:52:23 AM

LMAO! Yup, like 90% of those are me too. Some hit really close to home and I would laugh, then sigh... laugh... then sigh. A few that really got me were the ones about painting or wallpapering: I painted all but my hallway when I moved in... in September. It's still not done and has masking tape on all the woodwork. But I could go on all day about the one's that cracked me up... instead I'll add a few more. You guys have hit upon most of the good ones, but here are a few I didn't see:

You Know Your ADD When...


You write notes so you won't forget to do something important... then lose the notes. They get more and more serious... "DON'T IGNORE THIS NOTE!!!", but you still ignore them.

You start with the middle of a story... work to the beginning, then jump to the end because the person you're talking to is getting impatient.

[This next one has been said before in many other ways]
The most logical place for anything in your house is where you drop it when your done with it (including the floor.... no especially the floor).

You write notes to yourself that remind you to look at the other notes.

You watched "Memento" and the main character reminded you (and everyone else around you) of yourself. [You'd have to see it to get that one]

You can't research anything on the internet because you'll start looking up a recipe for chili and end up on a web site about llamas (50 pages later... and they're all still open).

You've blurted something out you were thinking about that makes no sense whatsoever without saying what came before it. People look at you like your crazy.

You've had to debate which is worse, taking medicine twice, or not at all (because you have no clue if you've already taken it).

[This one's been said too, but I just had to bring it up again]
You can remember entire episodes from TV show's, quote whole movies, or you know volumes of useless facts.... but you can't remember what you ate for breakfast.


more to come... [or not... depending if I remember that I ever came to this site, lol]

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Anonymous
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Posted:Mar 31, 2004 8:39:04 PM

You finish taking your shower and start to blow dry your hair and realize you forgot to rinse the conditioner out.

You go to heat up your morning cup of tea in the microwave and find the one you heated up the morning before.

You go to your friends kids birthday party and realize you wrote your OTHER friends kids name on the card.

You put something in a "special" place so you will be able to find it later only to forget where that special place is. 3 months later you find it and wonder why you would ever put that there.

You're driving down the freeway and all of a sudden forget where you are going. Sometimes I get disoriented and can't remember which freeway I'm even on because nothing looks familiar.

You get home and realize you have 11 messages. "WOW!", you think. "I'm so popular". You listen to the messages and 8 of them are you calling yourself to remind you to take the trash because it's trash day tomorrow, call your Aunt because it's her birthday and do laundry because you have no clean underwear, etc.

Ask your friends constantly to remind you to do something and when they do remind you, give them a blank look and say "huh?" and then 4 seconds later "OH YEAH!!" My best freind says she is going to put "OH YEAH" on my tombstone.

Andrea

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Tumble
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Posted:Apr 01, 2004 3:56:11 PM

I just beat my own personal best
I got to work this morning and realised I was wearing my nightshirt under my shirt LOL

"not all those who wander are lost..." Tolkien

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victoria
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Posted:Apr 02, 2004 12:17:00 AM

My two personal bests:

Grade 8 -- showed up for a final exam on the wrong day -- luckily a day early, not a day late (Phew!). As we had moved late in the year and I came in on the commuter train, I had to invent an excuse on the spot for hanging around; luckily there was work I was late handiong in for another subject . . .

Last year -- showed up to tutor some students at 7PM instead of 8PM -- misread the clock.
-- forgot to show up to tutor one other student (only once, luckily, I really work hard to be dependable); had to make an excuse about traffic.

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Anonymous
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Posted:Apr 05, 2004 5:15:15 PM

My personal best would either be the time I locked my keys in my car while it was still running, only realizing what I had done four hours latter while looking for my car keys.

Or maybe the time I cut my hair with clippers, discovered I had missed a spot, and oh so expertly applyed said clippers to my skull again -- but without first checking to see if the guard was still on (ie bare razor to skull cuts a lot of hair in no time at all) My hair kind of looked advant guarde after that. I wore a hat for the next month.

Or maybe the time I took a decongested, only to realize that I might have taken one only an hour ago. It’s really amazing just how hard it is to make yourself vomit. Luckily two decongestants in an hour's time isn't enough to kill you (or maybe not so lucky).

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Tumble
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Posted:Apr 07, 2004 1:56:51 PM

My other best, at least that I can remember. When I was in Jr High or maybe just before Jr High. My Mom was ever so patiently helping me try to get through my math work. She had explained the thing like three time and I was getting frustraighted at my inability to comprehend the technic. Unfortunantly she was trying to help me in the living room with the T.V. on, it was playing some dumb dairy comercial something like you know its quaility when you see the check in the Q, finnally in sheer frustraition I whined. "I don't get it, what about the check in the Q" *duuhhh* stupid dariy comercial. My Moms like "what!?" I covered up fast with a "I just don't understand about where you divide it" comment. I don't think she ever did figure out what I had said LOL :roll: :mrgreen:

I used to lock my keys in the car or if I took them out I would lose them Now I have forced myself into a habit , I bought one of those clips,they look like climbing clips but they are not. And I clip my keys to my belt loop every time. My salvation ends up being muscle memory even if I forget my keys in the ignition. When I get out of the car my hand goes to that clip and I rember to grab them.

On the other hand I had to have my Papa come jump me three mondays in a row at work because I left my car head lights on.!!! come to think of it that should be on my best list.

"not all those who wander are lost..." Tolkien

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Adina R
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Posted:Apr 22, 2004 3:40:40 PM

Thank goodness for this site!

I thought I was nuts or lazy or afraid of success or all of it. I just figured out that I was ADHD (inattentive type) like my eight year old. I have started Strattera - wish me luck.

You know you're ADHD when:

You marry a neat freak to help you figure out how to do this "organization" thing.

You start a project with the best of intentions and days, months, and/or years later, find them packed away somewhere ("oh, THAT'S where that went.")

You can't remember why you went down the hall and you have to go back and reconstruct your thought.

And those piles...How'd they get there? :oops:

I have taught myself how to compensate for some of this - but now I need to quiet my mind.

Thanks for letting me vent.

Adina R

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AmyJohannaHorton
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Posted:Apr 27, 2004 1:44:18 AM

You Know Your ADD When:

Its the middle of winter. Its below zero outside and you walk 1/4th of a mile down the road and realize that oops.. you forgot to put your shoes and socks on!! I finally realized when my feet got really cold.

You cant seem to follow the simple rule of "If it hurts dont do it again"

You put the milk in the cabinet and the cereal in the fridge.

You leave the toaster oven on.

You put your cell phone down and five minutes later you cant remember where it went.

You start talking to someone on IM, Get up start dinner, Start laundry, watch tv. You smell something burning and realize oh yeah I was cooking. Finish cooking, go back and finish with the laundry, put dinner on a plate, go back to IM and the person you were talking to is gone but left a lot of IM's saying hello where are you! (My friends now know that if I dont answer in five that i am gone!!!), then go back to a meal that is cold.

You cant for the life of you remember to pay your bills on time!

"Slow and steady always wins the race"

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Anonymous
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Posted:May 01, 2004 3:18:54 PM

Just a few thoughts.

You might have ADD if...You look like you're on drugs but you're not, but you should be, but if you were you wouldn't look like you were.


Drain bamage-An example of getting your mords wixed up.


If you wrote a book about travelling would it be entitled "Around The World In A D Daze?"

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Posted:May 08, 2004 7:34:01 PM

I am a special ed teacher and I love what I do, even though my students have anger problems and problems controling their emotions I still seem to be able to move with the punches. My problem is that my memeory is so bad. I have to write down everything, and then when I look for my memeory notes I can;t find them. I am so unorganized and I am convinved that as soon as I straighten up someone comes behind me to destroy my progress. I sit down to type a paper for my masters program, I remember that I was cooking dinner, I go back to the computer to finish my paper, then I remember that I was supposed to pick my son up from practice in just 5 minutes. I am not taking any meds, and although I was diagnosed by a friend who is a psychologist, I knew what it was even before she told me. She said that I should go through my own doctor and receive some in dept testing. But even if I did get meds, could I even remember to take them?

Trying to hide my ADD :(

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Anonymous
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Posted:Aug 08, 2004 11:36:21 PM

when you put peanut butter in the fridge and a water bottle in the pantry.

when you can spot something a mile away, but can't see what's right in front of your nose

when you get pissed off easily

when you make a gazillion typos in two seconds

when you've graduated from college, you hate the job you have had during college (and still do ONLY because you don't have a decent one yet) and still don't feel motivated to job hunt, despite the fact that you'd also like to move out of your parent's house asap!

when you lock your keys in your car.

When you literally drop everything

when you misread words

when you have trouble talking, trip over your words so much that the thing you actually did say (as opposed to what you intended to say) was quite hilarious. To both yourself and others.

when you run around like a headless chicken going berserk trying to get everything done.

when you are so overwhelmed you just wanna scream

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Anonymous
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Posted:Aug 08, 2004 11:36:45 PM

when you put peanut butter in the fridge and a water bottle in the pantry.

when you can spot something a mile away, but can't see what's right in front of your nose

when you get pissed off easily

when you make a gazillion typos in two seconds

when you've graduated from college, you hate the job you have had during college (and still do ONLY because you don't have a decent one yet) and still don't feel motivated to job hunt, despite the fact that you'd also like to move out of your parent's house asap!

when you lock your keys in your car.

When you literally drop everything

when you misread words

when you have trouble talking, trip over your words so much that the thing you actually did say (as opposed to what you intended to say) was quite hilarious. To both yourself and others.

when you run around like a headless chicken going berserk trying to get everything done.

when you are so overwhelmed you just wanna scream

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Anonymous
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Posted:Aug 15, 2004 11:46:17 AM

Sorry for repeat post. I thought of a few more:

You don't want to bother with details on simple emails to friends

You loose track of time

You are in a trance

you have to keep moving

can't even concentrate on a tv show

you're depressed

you're sleepy

you lock your keys in your car TWICE

It's easy to forget the simplest little thing

No matter how hard you try, managing time is impossible

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Anonymous
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Posted:Aug 18, 2004 2:12:05 AM

Quote "bb":

You know you're ADD when:
1) you go to the refridgerator and stand in front of it for five minutes, then close the door and walk away, only to return five minutes later to do the same thing all over again.

hhahahaha

YeS!!

I even have done this at my friends house.. I'm like "umm. i'm probably going to do this more than once, i'm just curious or something"

I always find myself looking in the fridge.. i don't know what it is.. its like
one of those places that i'm drawn too, i'm not even hungery, just its something to open.

I also do this with the coburaord cupboard, yesterday i wanted something,
so i was going to make tea, and then i was going to make hot chocolate, and then tea and then hot chocolate, i kept opening and closing the cupboard
and the thing that had the chocolate and then putting it back.. and then i was like "WHAT AM I DOING.. to my roommate.. " "your making tea".. oh
ok.. then i made the tea, it heated up most of the way, and took it upstairs and drank half of it and then had some cold this morning.

glad someone else looks in the fridge.

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cobswife
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Posted:Aug 18, 2004 3:44:47 PM

You know you are ADD when....

You try to recall the name of a person/place/thing, just can't remember the name, then 3 or more hours later you blurt it out. If you are lucky, the person you were talking to is still there, and it isn't 2am!

You have 12 craft projects going on at once.

Your cat has to pee on your favorite magazine before you remember to clean his box.

You have had 5 different jobs doing 5 different things in about as many years.

You have to have a friend with you when you go anywhere so they can "translate" for you.

LOL! I read some of these to my husband and then asked, "How do you live with me???" He told me that I'm not really that bad, just have a common sense issue! LOL! My mother used to call me the absent minded professor. I could quote to you from a text book I had 4 years ago, but don't ask me where my keys/wallet/shoes/purse is.

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cobswife
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Posted:Aug 18, 2004 4:16:13 PM

After reading all these pages (including the post I JUST put up there), I have to say that I am a very lucky woman. My husband understands that I am NOT like other women. He realizes that most days, if he wants a hot meal, he needs to cook it. He realizes that I will not think to clean a room until *I* would feel embarrassed to have someone in there. He realizes that if our son is going to have clean undies, someone needs to do the laundry. And he doesn't hold any of this against me! He even laughs when we start talking about it. "There's nothing wrong with you, you just have no common sense and the memory of a gnat!" God I love that man!

Was just feeling very happy for myself and wanted to share.

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Anonymous
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Posted:Aug 25, 2004 3:13:13 PM

You know you have ADD when,

...as you begin to clean the bedroom, you take a dirty glass off the night stand and head to the kitchen to put it into the dishwasher. Along the way you stop to gather another glass from the living room as you pass through. While you're there you straighten the sofa cushions and find the cordless phone that's been missing for 2 days. You go to the kitchen to hang up the phone, forgetting to take the dirty glasses with you. You feel compelled to wipe the counter while you are in the kitchen, but you can't because there isn't a clean dish cloth. You leave the kitchen to get one from the laundry room and discover clothes that are soured in the washer. You restart the washer and decide to gather dirty clothes to start another load so you head for your ...OH yea, I was cleaning the bedroom.


...you go to the grocery store for a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk but after paying for them you walk out of the store and go home leaving them sit at the check-out counter. You only realize you've forgotten them an hour later when your daughter asks where the milk is.

...you lose the dishtowel you were holding while fixing breakfast only to find it when your co-workers want to know why you have worn a dishtowel over your shoulder to work.

...you either can't focus on anything at all, or get so completely consumed by one thing that you can't stop until you are finished--or next week, whichever comes first.

... you eat dinner with your plate in your lap because over a month ago you found a box of old photographs and decided to categorize them and put them into albums. Now they sit in a hundred neat little piles all over the kitchen table until you can remember to buy albums.

...you have a larger craft supply than the local craft store but not a single finished project.


My husband just asked me how long I've been online....(several hours)But I only stopped cleaning the living room long enough to check my e-mail. :oops:

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Posted:Sep 30, 2004 12:45:10 AM

You might be add if you lost your phone card, only to have it turn up in the freezer after two months.
You might be add if you buy a new computer, and when a friend calls to see how you like it, you explain it is a piece of junk with no software. You don't bother calling her back three days later when you find the set-up disk under the microwave. You might be add if, when the doc ask how the adderall is doing, you proudly reply, "Wonderful, I made my bed in only three hours today." And my oldest son's favorite "You might be add if yours is the only phone you know with Triple A on speedial" Great fun, Thanks All

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