Zac shares his experience of dealing with Attention Deficit Disorder. He discusses being able to understand some of the symptoms that his ADD created in childhood, like not being able to sustain mental effort in early assignments in school. When something was not stimulating enough to hold his attention in childhood he often encountered shame-based accusations of being lazy, stupid or destructive.
Zac also discusses the often neglected, positive coping strategies and behaviours which ADHD may produce. Zac also refers to the book, “Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder“, by Edward M. Hallowell (Author), John J. Ratey (Author). It covers some of the advantageous characteristics of ADD.
Olga explores anxiety as a secondary symptom or co-morbid disorders that present as a result of untreated ADD. On average children receive as much as 10X negative feedback from adults. Over time, depending on the personality of the child and depending on if the child has supportive adult figures in their life; children can suffer anxiety or depressive disorders.
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