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Does anybody have ADD or ADHD?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Mowtown Mike, Dec 21, 2006.

  1. Mowtown Mike

    Mowtown Mike LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    ADD Attention Decit Disorder ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivty Disorder

    My brain is always going 100 mph. I can never relax my mind, I get my thoughts confused with reality. Meaning, I have whole conversations with my customers before and after I met them. I am not crazy, it is my brain is always thinking. I come up with some good ideas sometimes. I'm 37 years old. I have always been a little hyper and not focused on anything for too long.. A new job every few years, I get bored with them and need a change. I am pleasant to be around and a hard worker. I just get tired of the same ole thing, quick!

    I love this business. I am constantly doing something else everyday. I am in charge of it all. Some mornings I have no work, but soon the calls come in and I make money. I just wish I could focus on things more.

    I have read up on this. I am seeking professional advice in January. I would like to know if other lco's (you) have this disorder or know someone close to you with it and if any improvement through drugs or therapy. Thanks Mike
  2. Pastaboy62

    Pastaboy62 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 362

    I have ADD. Wanna go ride bikes.
  3. turf dog

    turf dog LawnSite Member
    Posts: 108

    Mow town I am right there with you. I am 37 years olds and have ADHD. I barely made it through college. Working outside has been great for me. Sitting in a office all day with ADHD actually gave me anxiety and depression. I woke up every morning dreading the thought of going to sit in a office all day The doctor put me medication for anxiety and depression and all it did was vaccum out my brain. If I wanted to do that I just could smoke a fatty. When I started working outside it was the best thing I ever did. I feel great everyday(except for minor muscle aches) and no more anxiety or depression. The lawn business is great for people with ADHD.
  4. charmill26

    charmill26 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 369

    i have never been tested for it but i believe i have it for a couple reasons. i can never focuse on something like you said for very long. especially if i dont want to be doing it. i am very skilled when it comes to hands on but not very smart in school. i have no trouble participating in class but can never focuse on my homework. it feels liek theres a barrier in my brain. many kids at my school take aderol (sp?) or something similar and from what i hear it works wonders. it has been known to be bad for your heart though.
  5. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    Never been tested but I swear I am ADD. Have a hard time focusing on anything and I get bored with things very fast. Can't ever finish a game or a puzzle, or a book for that matter. Very annoying actually... I know i'm not ADHD though, never been really hyper in my life, too lazy to be hyper, lol.
  6. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,899

    I think every one deals with the same issues. I know I do but I don't think I have ADD or anything else. I think it is just how you deal with things.

    What pressure you are under to deal with them. If you are a young single guy you have the luxury of changing jobs etc. If you are married with kids you have to suck it up and find ways to deal with you distractions.

    I mean hell, here it is almost 4:00 in the morning and I have been on site here for almost 2 hours because I could not sleep. I have pages and pages of business ideas, organizational charts, job descriptions,etc I put down on paper only a small fraction of them actually in use. I carry around 3 x 5 cards to write everything down because I can't remember a thing.

    That is no disease its just life. But I'm sure if there is a buck to be made someone will come up with a name and a treatment. Not cure mind you how much can you make off a cure?

    No disrespect to the people with ADD kids bouncing off the walls, mine do to I just don't treat them for it.
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    I think ADD is along the same lines as CTS (carpal tunnel syndrome) and any other number of maladies that show no external or abnormal signs of illness...

    Perhaps the words syndrome and disorder are the clue here, not sure exactly how to describe it, but for lack of better words, it's almost as if someone were wishing themselves to have some type of ailment, maybe for something to complain about and perhaps as an excuse to get away from some responsibilities.

    Yet, some of those same guys work in the rain and in temperatures above 104 F...

    Go figure :laugh:
  8. WJW Lawn

    WJW Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,330

    Sounds like you may be bi-polar....which is the Adult ADD. No biggie...they put you on some focus drugs and ur all good. I know bi-polar sounds bad...but there are all kinds of levels of bi-polar and just because you arent suicidal or a manic...it doesn't mean you arent bi-polar. Your doctor will probably tell you all that, and they will probably put you on Wellbutrin
  9. Team-Green L&L

    Team-Green L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    I think most business owners have ADD! I have ADHD in the worst way.
  10. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 841

    Just because it is not something you can see and is called a syndrome, does not mean it is not real. Personally, I think ADD and ADHD can be trated in children with a good swift kick in the butt and some discipline. Now, I will agree that there are some extreme cases where that will not work, but it is all about being taught how to focus yourself.

    Now with something like CTS, I assure you it is real. My wife has had it in both of her hands/wrists. There is no way she would have wanted to have her wrists cut open and undergo surgery if it was not real and that was not the only way to fix it.

    Now, some of you may disagree with me about ADD and ADHD. I am having some issues with this in my children now. I refuse to let them be diagnosed, but I am also not going to stand by and let nothing happen either. I will teache them methods to get them to focus.

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