Anne C. Woodlen
Attention deficient disorder (ADD) is a disease wherein the person (hereinafter referred to as a “child” since it is usually diagnosed while a person is in elementary school) is said to be unable to pay attention. This is like saying a child is unmotivated.Fact is, all children are motivated—they’re just not motivated to do what you want them to do. Likewise, children with ADD are paying attention—they’re just not paying attention to what you want them to. The teacher is pointing to the blackboard but the child is “distracted” by the birdie on the windowsill. We call this a “sickness.” It is a disease state, a mental disorder, an illness.
When Dan, Michael, and Joel had it, back in biblical times, we called it “survival.” Ancient man—as far back as cave man—survived by noticing things like the birdie that suddenly flew up out of the jungle…
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