By Tara McGillicuddy
Through out the online ADD Community there is some what of an
on going debate about whether ADD is a gift. ADD expert Edward
Hallowell describes ADD as a gift that needs to be unwrapped.
like to think of ADD more like one of those gifts that I have
unwrapped but just have no idea what to do with. It's also
one of those gifts that I didnít ask for but somebody just
the need to give to me.
ADD reminds me of the movie Gremlins. If I remember correctly
Gizmo was a cute fun little guy but had to be cared for by
following very specific directions. If those directions were
not followed to the ďTĒ all hell broke loose. I supposed the
same could be said about a person with ADD. With proper care
and feeding people with ADD can thrive. With out proper care
and feeding the life of those with ADD can resemble the movie
Maybe ADD really is a gift that we didnít ask for but have no
choice but to keep. Maybe all we need is somebody who actually
knows what to do with it and can teach us how to use it. Just
think about a gift like an Ipod, if somebody didnít know what
it was or how to use, it would just seem like a weird piece of
metal. However once somebody explains what itís for and all of
the uses it becomes so much more.
Iím not saying that ADD is really truly like a Gremlin or an
iPod but there are some similarities to both of them. I guess
depending on what each person does to manage his or her own
ADD, he or she can compare it to another type of gift too.
About The Author: Tara McGillicuddy is an ADD Coach
www.youraddcoach.com and activist. Tara is also the
Director of www.addclasses.com. You can learn more
Tara by reading her blog www.myaddblog.com.