Thursday, November 30, 2006

No Surprise There

Yet another web-quiz (I love these things). This one gave absolutely accurate results.

What mental disorder do you have?
Your Result: ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

You have a very hard time focusing, and you find it difficult to stay on task without your mind wandering. You probably zone in and out of conversations and tend to miss out on directions because you cannot focus

Manic Depressive
Paranoia
OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
What mental disorder do you have?



I was actually diagnosed with ADD when I was in college. I had applied for an undergraduate teaching assistant position at the university's "Learning Skills Center" and during my interview the woman who ran the center (Dr. Ann Massey - I still look back and think of her as my mentor) asked a number of questions about my experiences in school before getting to college. At the end of the interview she told me that from my experiences it sounded as if I might have Attention Deficit Disorder. Now this was 1985 mind you, and ADD wasn't well known (and totally over-diagnosed) then. I certainly had never heard of it. I remember teachers telling my parents that I was hyperactive and day dreamed a lot (I always thought those two things were sort of contradictory, but apparently not). Dr. Massey told me that the LSC had the means of testing for ADD if I was interested. So I went through a battery of diagnostic tests and sure enough, I suffer from ADD. After all that, Dr. Massey informed me that it appeared as if I had developed sufficient coping mechanism on my own and didn't require any intervention. So in essence I got tested for nothing. On the other hand, I got the TA job, so I was happy.

3 Comments:

At 7:35 AM, Blogger ChrisChris said...

I have a touch of ADD too, but I think most people do to some degree. I never had to take medication for it. Back in my day we take medication, we made do.

 
At 7:35 AM, Blogger ChrisChris said...

"Back in my we DIDNT take mediation, we made do"

Thats what I meant to say.

 
At 9:54 AM, Blogger Faltanus said...

it's true. now-a-days there is a pill for every thing, but when we were growing up, you just did what you needed to do to get by. for the most part my teachers just said that i was a bright kid who didn't pay attention and didn't work up to his potential. over time i just learned to cope with it and figured out for myself how to screen out all the "noise" and focus on what i wanted to focus on.

 

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