LOL – You KNOW you have ADD when …
Friday, January 8, 2016 6 Comments
Laughing Out Loud —
You’ve gotta’ be a citizen of
Alphabet City when …
by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Laughing Out Loud for YEARS now
Here’s A BIT of history excerpted from ABOUT LOL, a brief article I posted here back in March 2011, introducing the LOL…You KNOW idea to [probably] a brand new crop of ADDers seeking support.
This little ditty first appeared in the early 1990s on the AOL ADD forum (yiikes! somewhere around 25 years ago now – longer than some of the readers of ADDandSoMuchMore have been alive!!)
It was a time when ADD Conferences were just beginning to be organized and promoted, the Internet was still a baby, and The World Wide Web was barely born. America on Line was relatively new too — and one of the few places where a vital and rapidly growing community of ADDers could meet in virtual chat rooms to support one another with empathy, a few tears and a great deal of humor.
JIMAMS, the official leader of the ADD on-line group, was like the Energizer Bunny in his dedication to AOL’s leadership in the ADD online community.
When the Web was Young (and so were we!)
Along with an army of dedicated forum leaders (including, by their screen names way back then) Annie12345, MaryDeee, Debette, and EricNJB – among many others – JIMAMS put together bulletin boards and live chat-room support groups on any conceivable topic that might affect the ADD community.
ADDults, Teens, Children, Newcomers, Parents & Partners, Medications, Alternative Solutions, The ADD Schoolhouse and ADD in the Workplace are just a few of the areas that were supported, with live chat sessions that were well attended.
The section that I believe was everybody’s favorite was LOL, you know you’re ADD when . . .
I think we loved it best because it gave us a chance to poke gentle fun at ourselves and laugh together about ADD challenges. It provided a welcomed relief from the tears of frustration we also shared.
I had permission to repost some of my favorites in the early editions of The Optimal Functioning Newsletter, which I no longer have time to publish.
The collection in the LOL articles that I copied to ADDandSoMuchMore.com contains a few of those oldies but still goodies (links to a smattering in Related Content below).
New Card Carrying Members
Meanwhile, science slouches on. The science professionals have finally caught on to the reality that what is called ADD affect is not confined to ADDers.
Some of us have opened wide our doors to include everyone with one of what I call the Alphabet Disorders: a great many other disorders with attendant symptoms affecting their Executive Functions, frequently referred to only by acronyms – OCD, ODD, SPD, ASD, PDA, PDD, MDD, MS, TBI, ABI, EFD, APD, etc. – alphabet disorders! ,
As Baby Boomers grow older, many to most will find themselves unofficial members of the club as well, thanks to that pesky “age-related cognitive decline” that seems to hit short-term memory the hardest. (Red Rover, Red Rover, send your older friends right over!)
Jimmy Buffet is RIGHT!
If we don’t laugh, we will go insane! As long as there are those of us tripping over our own feet many days (or regularly demonstrating more than a few of the many ADD oopses), I’m sure we will run across more than a few means of attempting to lighten up. Still, I believe the favorite will remain You KNOW you have ADD when . . .
Take a few moments to chuckle knowingly at many of the items she has put together, pop open the LOL posts below — then YOU PLAY TOO!
Use the comments section below to add your own favorite ADD oopses to these lists.
Anybody from the old gang, ID yourselves proudly –
I’d LOVE to know what you’re up to these days!
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Related articles right here on ADDandSoMuchMore.com
(in case you missed them above)
Other Related Articles on ADDandSoMuchMore.com can be found by running your cursor over the text above, wherever you see slightly lightened text. The links will then stand out, practically jumping out at you.
Click them, and they work just like those distracting links that are always blue and underlined, except that, when WordPress is helpful, they are set to open in a new window/tab (so you don’t lose your place here).
YOU PLAY TOO: Use the comments section below to add your own favorite ADD oopses to this list.