I personally am not afflicted by this, seeing as how I'm only 22, but I know some of you may be, and I hope this helps you. For those of us who are just young and scatterbrained, we'll have to wait until we are older to claim mental illness.
A.A.A.D.D. - Age Activated Attention
This is how it manifests:
"I decided to wash my car. As I start toward the garage, I notice that
there is mail on the hall table.
I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys
down on the table, put the junk mail in the trashcan under the table,
and notice that the trashcan is full.
So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the trash
But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out
the trash anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.
I take my checkbook off the table, and see that there is only one check
left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go to my desk
where I find the bottle of soda that I had been drinking.
I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the soda aside
so that I don't accidentally knock it over.
I see that the soda is getting warm, and I decide I should put it in the
refrigerator to keep it cold. As I head toward the kitchen with the
soda, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye--they need to be
I set the soda down on the counter, and I discover my reading glasses
that I've been searching for all morning.
I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water
the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a
container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it
on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, we
will be looking for the remote, but nobody will remember that it's on
the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it
belongs, but first I'll water the flowers. I splash some water on the
flowers, but most of it spills on the floor.
So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.
Then I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.
At the end of the day, the car isn't washed, the bills aren't paid,
there is a warm bottle of soda sitting on the counter, the flowers
aren't watered, there is still only one check in my checkbook, I can't
find the remote, I can't find my glasses, and I don't remember what I
did with the car keys.
Then when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really
baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I'm really tired. I
realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it,
but first I'll check my e-mail. "
A.A.A.D.D - Does this sound familiar???