ADD and Me: Forty Years in a Fog by Ken Patterson PDF

By Ken Patterson

'I'm regularly in a fog. I simply do not appear to imagine rather well. i'm a guy who has consciousness Deficit illness and that i invite you to take an impromptu journey via my lifestyles. yet wear your fog lighting fixtures and carry on for the ride.'

- Ken Patterson

In his own account of existence with cognizance Deficit disease (ADD), award-winning writer Ken Patterson richly illustrates the way the indicators of upload curtail the power of an clever guy to reach the main usual of life's occasions. via episodes of adolescence, academic reports, employment, army profession, and relationships, he unearths the delicate complexities of dealing with occasions most folks take for granted.

This pleasing and compassionate booklet unsparingly describes a lifestyles distorted through impulsivity, distractions, obsessions, and anger. Illuminating, and deeply insightful, it is going to fascinate someone who has come into touch with ADD.

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There was name-calling and attempts to belittle me. Orders to do this and orders to do that. The sergeant screamed until the veins in her neck bulged and spittle flew in my direction. But I didn’t care. I really didn’t want to hear any more, so I just threw up my hands in frustration and left the office. Without a left-face, without a right-face, without an about-face. Without any face whatsoever, save the one with the mixture of anger and pure disgust I felt for the military, basic training, and especially all the yelling and berating.

JUST ADDAPT 51 It was then that Wolf ’s smile disappeared. “You don’t know anything about Vietnam, and maybe you shouldn’t mention it again. Not around me at least. ” I heard a group of men running by outside yelling out a chant like those that Sgt. Wolf made up, and then the chanting slowly faded as I looked into Wolf ’s eyes and saw something there I didn’t understand. It was the same kind of look my brother, Stephen, had after he got home from Vietnam. Then Wolf ’s smile returned, and he said, “Why don’t you go on back upstairs, Patterson.

I asked you a question, airman,” Walker bellowed again, her drill sergeant’s hat a few inches from my face. ” “I didn’t want to get wax on my uniform, ma’am,” she corrected me. “Put that damned boot down right now and see me in my office, Patterson,” she said, eyeing the name on my shirt. I did as I was instructed, but something was different in the way I did it. I wasn’t acting like my usual basic training robot self. Still, not all my military decorum had vanished. I walked into Sgt. Wolf ’s office with sharply executed left- and right- faces, and I stood at full attention, just the way Al had.

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