By Ken Patterson
'I'm continually in a fog. I simply do not appear to imagine rather well. i'm a guy who has consciousness Deficit illness and that i invite you to take an impromptu journey via my lifestyles. yet wear your fog lighting and carry on for the ride.'
- Ken Patterson
In his own account of existence with cognizance Deficit affliction (ADD), award-winning writer Ken Patterson richly illustrates the best way the indications of upload curtail the power of an clever guy to achieve the main traditional of life's occasions. via episodes of adolescence, academic studies, employment, army occupation, and relationships, he unearths the delicate complexities of dealing with occasions most folk take for granted.
This exciting and compassionate publication unsparingly describes a existence distorted through impulsivity, distractions, obsessions, and anger. Illuminating, and deeply insightful, it is going to fascinate somebody who has come into touch with ADD.
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Extra info for ADD and Me: Forty Years in a Fog
But I tried to keep it together, sometimes driving Carrie through the mountains on my motorcycle to show her how thrilling I could be around the curves. I wrote her songs and clung to her, never wanting her to leave me, but my grip was too tight. One night I not only put the squeeze on Carrie, but also on a new corps member. He’d come to visit me, inquiring about the hot girl with the curly brown hair, wondering if she was easy. The girl, of course, was Carrie. I threw out punches, never allowing him to catch his breath.
He was a tall, commanding man, the kind of man someone follows into battle when the odds are against him. But mostly he stayed behind the scenes, seldom coming down from his second-floor office. When he did, it was just to rub elbows a little with some of the bosses who were in charge of the various departments at Wong Sum, a casual inspection to make sure everybody was toeing the line. Seldom did this tie-wearing, rigid man in charge speak with the worker ants, let alone size them up the way he was doing with me.
It is something that I am deeply ashamed of now. It was something childish and petty, but at the time I was in a rage. I realize that if ADD motivated my actions, they make sense. Impaired thinking doesn’t only make it difficult to figure out math problems or take civil servant tests. A simple algebraic equation can give me so much trouble, and sometimes, no matter how much I try, its solution just eludes my mental capabilities. ADD muddles my thinking in social situations too. My inadequate ability to say or do the right things often devastates my relationships with people.
ADD and Me: Forty Years in a Fog by Ken Patterson