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ADD? Not Likely

Here is another excerpt of the all-new and totally different Colorful Personalities book:

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is something plenty of Oranges have been asked about, or labeled as, at some point or another. In fact, drug makers now claim that over eight million adults “suffer” from ADD in North America. Maybe. Without downplaying the legitimacy of ADD, there are many more millions of Oranges who laugh at that label and know fully well that many so-called “symptoms” are their normal stresses and behaviors.

The web-site of one drug maker even claims that a simple six question quiz establishes whether someone is likely to have symptoms of ADD. Their assessment ranges from whether the person has trouble finishing projects, has difficulty sitting still for long periods without fidgeting, challenges with getting started on detailed projects, or has trouble planning tasks on order. There are very few Oranges who would not be able to answer yes to all of those questions, or they wouldn’t be Orange! Are these really “problems,” or just special gifts and talents?

Finishing details is a last-minute thing. Right now, Oranges choose to multi-task as there are lots of other things on their plate. Sitting still is not always a challenge, but it does depend on whether a meeting or project is interesting, interactive, or practical in the first place. Getting tasks in order is not half as much fun as working on pieces here and there, a little bit at a time. That approach simply creates variety and avoids boredom – it does not create a need for drugs. Oranges will get their work done, but it is going to be a lot of fun along the way. It just may not be done with the same template the rest of the world is using.

In the words of JetBlue founder David Neeleman during a 60 Minutes feature on adult ADD: “Your brain just thinks a little different and you come up with things. I just have a feeling that if I took the medication, I’d be just like everybody else.”

  1. Barb
    May 5th, 2010 at 16:39 | #1

    I did go to that website to take the ‘test.’ Sure enough, I answered yes to the questions. I laughed, because I had been to a Colours Seminar and read the book. Good thing I knew better, because I never viewed these things as problems, just the way I do things. I am concerned, though, that some people really will be led to believe there is something wrong with them.

  2. Kiran Sharma
    May 6th, 2010 at 09:43 | #2

    I am an Orange. The coments are so true. I do have a number of tasks i am working on all the time. I get bored doing just one thing. Even when i am watching TV, i amdoing something.
    Feels good to know there is nothing wrong with me.
    Kiran

  3. CG
    May 7th, 2010 at 15:10 | #3

    Thank God for colors or I would have made huge mistakes with my orange daughter (age 10). She does drive me crazy with ten things on the go. But instead of yelling at her to finish something, I have learned unbelievable patience and gentle nudging. Believe it or not it is working. I have noticed that she does only five things at a time and does finish them all. It was hard to resist the urge to jump in and hurry her along. Parents take note, they can develop better management skills if you are patient. You will equip them for life and success by doing so.

  4. Barb
    June 3rd, 2010 at 12:44 | #4

    @Kiran Sharma
    Me too. If the TV is on, I am also reading, knitting or have my laptop. TV watching is way too passive!

  5. June 4th, 2010 at 04:05 | #5

    I am an Orange. The coments are so true. I do have a number of tasks i am working on all the time. I get bored doing just one thing. Even when i am watching TV, i amdoing something.
    Feels good to know there is nothing wrong with me.
    Kiran

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