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DomaDoma
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08:07:02 AM Jun 30th 2011
Where's that advertising trope that used to be called Distracted By The Shiny?
RobinZimm
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07:53:03 PM Jun 22nd 2010
Picture is dead link.
Cidolfas
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01:52:13 PM Mar 15th 2010
Removed the following paragraphs for adding a wealth of information not actually having to do with the trope. Folks are free to make a Useful Notes page if they wish instead.

Standard treatments for ADD/ADHD include Ritalin and Adderall, which are both stimulants (Adderall, for instance, being composed of amphetamine salts, chemically similar to speed). They both work not by necessarily calming the patient, but by making them more able to focus. The main drawback is that while these drugs improve focus, they don't necessarily improve one's judgment in choosing what to focus on. One editor once took some Adderall so he could write his resume, but instead wrote the pages for Hollywood Psych, The Schizophrenia Conspiracy, and L Is for Dyslexia. Productive, but not necessarily in the right way.

One symptom, descriptively referred to as Hyperfocus, is generally ignored in media for some reason. This is possibly because the symptom itself seems contrary to the general stereotype of the disorder. Hyperfocus is Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The ability to focus so intently on some activity that most outside stimuli is excluded, similar in some ways to high-functioning autism. As pointed out above though, with ADD more focus isn't necessarily a good thing. The media seems to avoid all other symptoms of ADHD and ADHD-I,specifically speaking out of turn and "hearing" problems. A common symptom of ADHD-I is that the person has trouble fully understanding what another person says if other people are talking around them, or the TV is on, or music with words is playing, etc. That's why people with ADHD-I (and to an extent ADHD) miss things like homework assignments, they just didn't fully hear what was going on around them. A particularly frustrating aspect of this problem is when the individual finds themselves hearing totally irrelevant conversations going on around them perfectly but cannot comprehend the person they are trying to converse with. The media also ignores all the other problems that tack onto ADHD, like OCD, depression, eating disorders, insomnia, learning disabilities, and delinquency problems. They also tend to ignore the frustration felt by the sufferer. People with this disorder usually recognize that they have problems. They suffer embarressment when they find themselves speaking out of turn or realizing that they have over-shared. And it is particularly frustrating to try and fail to focus on something important and know that your own brain is working against you.

This has led to ADHD (and other ADD diagnosis) as being disturbingly "trendy". Many parents, upset that their children are generally disobedient or having problems paying attention, label them as ADHD, ignoring that there's no actual disorder, they just haven't been taught to behave. Many people come to think that being casually ditzy, or good at thinking outside the box, are signs of ADHD and claim the diagnosis even though they don't have any real traits. This has gotten to the point where a fanfiction.net list of "top ten signs you are a writer" lists "You have ADHD, or wish you did." Ignoring the fact that — as stated above — ADHD is a concentration disorder and makes writing anything extremely difficult. (Although those with ADHD tend to be very creative, they are also noted for starting new projects, then losing interest in favor of an even newer one. So while ADHD may assist in coming up with great ideas for stories, it makes finishing those stories incredibly difficult. Except when it doesn't.)

Because of this, there's also been a backlash among some groups of people towards assuming the opposite extreme; that ALL people who claim to suffer from ADHD are simply making an excuse to be inattentive and act out. This is also known as the "SIT DOWN AND STUDY!!!!" viewpoint. Some of these people even claim that the disorder has no actual on-the-books medical basis. Others who actually have the disorder are offended but the people who act like they do.
Tarnizial
06:25:04 PM Jun 1st 2010
To be medically correct (Sort of) we need to remove 'ADD' from the page: by medical standards the diagnosis ADD is obsolete. It has been replaced with ADHD-PI as a diagnosis. Requesting permission to do so, though if there are no protestations I might change it anyways assuming I don't lose interest. Oooohhh... shiny...
TBeholder
07:59:13 AM Jun 6th 2010
(yawn) did they show anything other than usual post-freudian theology in this version?
Iaculus
08:00:42 AM Jun 6th 2010
edited by Iaculus
... Theology?
FastEddie
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08:30:02 AM Jun 6th 2010
We are not in the smallest imaginable degree required to be medically correct. If the use of 'ADD' ever falls out of use in the general public, we should use the new term, but until then we should stick with ADD.
TBeholder
11:00:17 AM Jun 8th 2010
edited by TBeholder
@Iaculus: As in, you know, talks about talks. Cloud castles construction. As opposed to any methodology that may be called scientifical without laughter, for example. Last i checked this was based on data more ephemeral than N-rays research. And with even less efforts to make it at least look as something sound than BACKTO_1400-CENSORED "the global warming". Thus my question — maybe it worth one more glance already?
MrDeath
11:04:01 AM Jun 8th 2010
He was questioning your use of the word "Theology", which is specifically the discussion of gods and religion.
TBeholder
11:05:26 AM Jun 8th 2010
edited by TBeholder
@ MrDeath: I meant the distinctive methodology, of course. =)
CarolineorCarly
04:26:51 PM Apr 13th 2011
ADHD was first described by a school master in the 16th cenerty observing how some of his students behave witch listed all of the major dsmv qualifications. Only recently have we been able to widely diagnose AND treat the problem. The "trendy" aspect of AD/HD is not due to society but instead of incompetent untrained doctors attempting diagnosis without referral to a mental health specialist (who is the only doctor trained for an AD/HD diagnosis) and dispensing type one classified drugs willy nilly to miners. Thus many people who truly have this disorder are not diagnosed or unable to get treatment due to lack of access to mental health professionals. I personally take Strattara an anti-depressent off the books treatment for AD/HD that has been showing promise in trials for AD/HD individuals with Dyslexia (which I also have). This has been spellcheked.
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