Some humor…

In ADHD on Monday, 10 September 2012 at 06:59

This was sent to me in email form a long time ago and the author is unknown to me.  My apologies for the lack of citation.


Thank goodness there’s a name for this disorder.
Somehow I feel better, even though I have it!!
Recently, I was diagnosed with AAADD –
Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.
This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden.

As I turn on the hose in the driveway,
I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage,
I notice mail on the porch table that
I brought up from the mail box earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table,
put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table,
and notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back
on the table and take out the garbage first.

But then I think,
since I’m going to be near the mailbox
when I take out the garbage anyway,
I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book off the table,
and see that there is only one check left.

My extra checks are in my desk in the study,
so I go inside the house to my desk where
I find the can of Coke I’d been drinking.

I’m going to look for my checks,
but first I need to push the Coke aside
so that I don’t accidentally knock it over.
The Coke is getting warm,
and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke,
a vase of flowers on the counter
catches my eye–they need water.

I put the Coke on the counter and
discover my reading glasses that
I’ve been searching for all morning.

I decide I better put them back on my desk,
but first I’m going to water the flowers

I set the glasses back down on the counter,
fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote.
Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I’ll be looking for the remote,
but I won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table,
so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs,
but first I’ll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers,
but quite a bit of it spills on the floor

So, I set the remote back on the table,
get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then, I head down the hall trying to
remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:

the car isn’t washed

the bills aren’t paid

there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter

the flowers don’t have enough water,

there is still only 1 check in my check book,

I can’t find the remote,

I can’t find my glasses,

and I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all day,
and I’m really tired.

I realize this is a serious problem,
and I’ll try to get some help for it,
but first I’ll check my e-mail….


While true ADHD does not “appear” magically at a later age (as it states in the DSM-IV-TR that onset of symptoms must be around age 7.  Even if they are not diagnosed at that time, there must have been some indications and behaviors present developmentally.  This is why a good history and information on childhood MUST be part of a comprehensive evaluation), but I thought this was humorous and also can give a great scenario for adult ADHD!  ~Lorie

  1. Yep, sounds a lot like my days. Except more frantic and upset about not getting anything done.

    Unfortunately, while humorous, this kind of thing can really trivialize the issues that some people suffer with. It’s not just absentmindedness, it’s a distressing set of cognitive limitations that appears to have no real cause and leads to a whole slew of additional negative consequences.

    You know, just in case anyone was taking this seriously.

    • dee dee, my apologies. it was not meant to trivialize old age, adhd, or someone who experiences serious cognitive deficits. it was supposed to be funny.

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  3. Reblogged this on feathersofhappenstance and commented:
    this describes most of my days when i don’t have to be at work. i’m happy i have come across it because it tells me that someone out there can relate.

  4. wow, this describes how i am most days. it sucks to have adhd. how do i actually get things done, and in a timely manner? it seems to be one of my life’s quests to figure this out. oh, and after growing up and going through so much, i just got diagnosed a few months ago. imagine 23 years of not knowing why life seemed so difficult, even when doing the simplest of things. :-/

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