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Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 10:39 AM
Subject: FW: Adult A.D.D.


Recently,  I was diagnosed with Adult A.D.D. - Adult Attention Deficit Disorder. 

This is how it  manifests: 
 

I decide to wash my car.
As I  start  toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the hall table. 
I decide to go  through the mail before I wash  the car.
 
I lay my car keys down on the  table, put the junk mail in  the trash can
under the table, and  notice that  the trash  can is full.
So, I decide to put the  bills back on the table and  take out
the  trash first.  But  then I  think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox
when I take out the trash  anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.
 
I take my checkbook 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 to my desk
where I find the can of  Coke that I had 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.
I see that the Coke is getting  warm, and  I decide I should 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 to be watered.
I set the Coke down on  the counter,  and I 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 I spot the TV remote.
Someone left it on the kitchen  table.
I  realize  that tonight when we go to watch TV, I will 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 splash some water on the flowers,  but  most of it spills on the floor.
So,  I set the remote back down 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 aren't watered,  there is still only one check in my
checkbook, 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 long,  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.
 
Don't laugh -- if this  isn't  you yet, your day is coming!
 
GROWING OLDER IS  MANDATORY.
 
GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL
 
LAUGHING AT YOURSELF  IS  THERAPEUTIC!