Wednesday, February 24, 2010

ADHD = Demigod

I recently read "The Lightning Thief" by Rick Riordan, which explains that people with ADHD are are in fact demigods. I've been really struggling with ADHD recently, and rather like this explanation. So, I want to share a quote from page 88 of this glorious book.


"And the ADHD -- you're impulsive, can't sit still in the classroom. That's your battlefield reflexes. In a real fight, they'd keep you alive. As for the attention problems, that's because you see too much, Percy, not too little. Your senses are better than a regular mortal's. Of course the teachers want you medicated. Most of them are monsters. They don't want you seeing them for what they are."

6 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Hail, Demigoddess Sarita! I think you should establish your own religion now.

Willow Silverhorse said...

That's awesome, I have ADHD and I've had older friends say they consider people with ADHD the "next generation" and that they see a lot of power in people with ADHD.

Sarita Rucker said...

Debra -- Hey, maybe I should do that! Start my own religion and get people to worship me! :P

Willow -- My mom has always said that in the old days it was those of us with ADHD who kept the villages alive, since we'd be the first to spot the tigers stalking us. Maybe that's something along the same lines of what your friends are saying, about us having a lot of power. As the quote says, it's not that we have trouble focusing, it's that we try to focus on too much at once (just sometimes to the exclusion of what we NEED to be focusing on, such as homework).

Willow Silverhorse said...

Hey Sarita, actually, I was going to ask you, how do you handle needing to concentrate on working on homework and studying for tests, etc.? I didn't have problems with it before I moved away from home but now I'm really struggling. I'm actually on academic probation and having a serious hard time. It's not that I don't understand the material, I just can't stay focused long enough to finish homework or to study enough to pass a test.

Magaly Guerrero said...

I haven't read this jewel yet, but I aim to. I like it already, what a wonderful quote. I was diagnosed with OCD and dyslexia some time ago, these two syndromes don't go well at all, but anyhow... the point is that I've always seen my OCD as a blessing: my house stays immaculate, my finances are just as organized, and everything in my life follows a pattern... I rather like that.

Um, good to meet you Demigoddess ;-D

Sarita Rucker said...

Willow -- Why don't I write a post about that? I've actually already written one (you should find it if you look at the labels "ADHD") but since I'm always looking for new methods I'd probably write a new post differently.

Magaly -- Good to meet you too, mortal. lol And yes, it is a wonderful book. Unfortunately the movie that just came out doesn't seem to be particularly faithful to the book...