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Dr. Kanojia Discusses ADHD and reacts to ADHD TikToks (youtube.com)


I found the whole video quite informative and good. But there was one segment which really hit home for me. So much so that I decided to type up a transcript of what was said. And as I was typing this transcript, listening to the video, and reading the transcript on YouTube - I need you all to know that I was really struggling to focus. So often, I caught myself going off of my mental deductive and inductive reasoning of what was coming next, writing that only to hear something different such that I would have to go back and fix it.

But, I got there. And now you can enjoy just reading this segment, should you desire. The excerpt takes place around the 19:43 mark in the video if you want to jump directly to it.

Great point. So, this - y'all are joking when you say 'download more RAM' etc. So CasotVox [Trick: Sorry, I'm unsure what name he refers to here] is saying 'Download more RAM." You're are right that that is a solution for a while. So his is also something to sunderstand. You know what the 'download more RAM' is the equivalent of in kids with ADHD? It's a high IQ. So this is what happens with kids with ADHD.

They start to struggle in adulthood. Especially, the ones that are actually above average intelligence. Because what they do is they muscle their way through things using brute force extra resources. So, imagine, for example, I'm using a word processor and I can't save my documents. So what I'm going to do is put RAM into my computer so I can have more documents open at the same time. Right?

So you're, like, literally investing more resources in an inefficient process, which is exactly what happens with smart kids with ADHD. They just brute force use intelligence.

'I can't pay attention to class, so what I have to do is use cognitive reasoning, inductive reasoning, deductive reasoning, to answer questions when the teacher calls on me.' I want you all to really think about this if you're a kid with ADHD when the teacher calls on you and you're not paying attention. The miraculous thing is that a lot of ADHD kids know the right answer anyway, even though they're not paying attention.

And how do they know the right answer? Because they look around, they're like 'oh crap, the teacher called on me.' They look around at what's on the board, 'oh, we're doing math class, I see a problem on the board. They're asking me a question. Let me figure out what the answer is. This is the answer.' And you say it in five seconds, and the teacher's like 'Okay, I guess you were paying attention.'

No you weren't paying attention, you were brute forcing things with extra IQ. This is actually what's really really sad about kids with ADHD, is that they download more and more RAM. They fill up all of, their, you know, motherboard slots with RAM to try to compensate for not being able to save documents. The problem is at some point, your motherboard fills up, and as your motherboard fills up and you can't brute force it anymore - you're stuck with all this RAM and the inability to save documents.

So this usually happens in adulthood for kids who are very very intelligent and have ADHD, and they hit a wall because suddenly you can't pack any more RAM, right? Like, you hit this really hard wall and that's what's actually really devastating.

This excerpt really resonated with me.

In general, I believe my ADHD is on the minor side of the scale; but, it is still something that, looking back, I can clearly see as having impacted me. And what he describes, that some people brute force their way through dealing with ADHD - this is exactly me. I'm not claiming to be any genius, but I definitely think my ADHD was overlooked because I was smart enough that it wasn't really an issue until I hit 'the wall.'

And, for me, the wall he describes was Georgia Tech. I was able to muscle and brute force through years of school, but GT was where I hit my limit.

And, somewhat bitterly, I think back on how I went nearly twenty more years fully blaming myself for that failure, when some portion of it was my undiagnosed ADHD.

12/2/2022 4:04 pm | |
Tags: neurodivergent, mental health, adhd

It is absurd that the sitting President must remind people of these simple truths.

12/2/2022 5:41 pm | |
Tags: fascism, nazi, world war 2

Julius Streicher is an important reminder from World War 2 - executed for crimes against humanity despite never having killed anyone (en.wikipedia.org)

Julius Streicher (12 February 1885 – 16 October 1946) was a member of the Nazi Party, the Gauleiter (regional leader) of Franconia and a member of the Reichstag, the national legislature. He was the founder and publisher of the virulently antisemitic newspaper Der Stürmer, which became a central element of the Nazi propaganda machine. The publishing firm was financially very successful and made Streicher a multi-millionaire.

After the war, Streicher was convicted of crimes against humanity at the end of the Nuremberg trials. Specifically, he was found to have continued his vitriolic antisemitic propaganda when he was well aware that Jews were being murdered. For this, he was executed by hanging. Streicher was the first member of the Nazi regime held accountable for inciting genocide by the Nuremberg Tribunal.

Fomenting hate is still a violent action.

12/2/2022 6:17 pm | |
Tags: world war 2, nazi, history

Mastodon Favs for December, 2nd 2022

12/2/2022 10:45 pm | |
Tags: mastodon, social media, automated

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