How to Know if You Have Attention Deficit Dis --Oh, Look, A Bird!

I came across this photo circulating around Facebook earlier in the week and it cracked me up because it’s so “me.”


All of my life, I’ve had a mind that spins at 10,000 rpms and it’s always been a constant battle to stay focused. I grew up hard of hearing, so I always figured my daydreaming in school was due to not being able to hear everything being said around me.  Nothing frustrates my family more than when I interrupt them in mid-conversation to share what’s on my mind– which is off on another tangent. I usually have 20 tabs open on my computer and I jump from project to project. I frequently forget appointments despite setting alerts on my phone.  When I first started writing Gliding Soles, Lessons from a Life on Water with Keith St. Onge, he dubbed me “Skippy,” because I was all over the place with the project.

Earlier in the week, I dropped my kids off at the mall for a performance and sat down next to another parent, a guy who used to work for me.  Somehow, the topic of ADD/ADHD came up and he shared his experience being diagnosed.  He’s been taking medication for it and it has made a tremendous difference in his life.  Another guy from my church shared a similar experience of being recently diagnosed and starting medicine.

So after I posted the above photo on my Facebook page, I decided to Google a test for Attention Deficit Disorder.  I took a quick test at Psych Central and was a little surprised at the result:

Results of your
Attention Deficit Disorder Quiz

You scored a total of 79

It is highly likely that you are presently suffering from adult attention deficit disorder, according to your responses on this self-report questionnaire. You should not take this as a diagnosis of any sort, or a recommendation for treatment. However, it would be advisable and likely beneficial for you to seek further diagnosis from a trained mental health professional immediately.


I say “I’m surprised” at my test results because I thought it would show a “tendency”  toward ADD, but not so firmly over the top.  Over the years, I’ve developed some survival tactics and habits which help me stay on top of a mind that spins out of control at times.  One of the most effective is meditation. It can be a real challenge at times to quiet my mind and focus on breathing, but I feel a shift occur when I’m truly “in the zone.”

Another quick Google search turned up many famous people with the same quirk: Albert Einstein, Dustin Hoffman, Bruce Jenner, Tom Cruise, Beethoven, Robin Williams, Henry Ford, Stephen Hawkings, Nelson Rockfeller and others.

I figure I’m in good company.

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