Agreed, advice is messy. I definitely don’t want to be in the business of accidentally appearing to give medical advice. I’m about at a point with other efforts where I’ve got time to start sketching out posts, so I’m thinking a little more here and the idea of framing them in the “this is what works for me/others have said works for them/I see in my kid” approach is useful. I think that approach is VERY helpful when trying to describe something like (for me) ADHD, how my experiences differ beyond/aside from the definitions in the DSM-5 and similar. The CDC quotes these diagnostic criteria, and I have a copy of the DSM-5 so I could pull specific page numbers (but likely not the text) for citation.
I also have readily found study citations for most everything, so should an article talking about experiences require it, there’s science to back anything I’d say. Just to clarify a bit what I mean, there are a number of things strongly associated with ADHD that aren’t in the criteria, as in “most people with ADHD have this and the underlying root causes are the same so it’s clear this is a trait of ADHD.” For a direct positive example that I’ve definitely experienced, people with ADHD are often uncharacteristically calm in moments of crisis. It wasn’t until recently that I found many many other people saying this, and some studies to back it. You could have someone that’s scatterbrained and flighty, and an emergency hits and they are suddenly all business, on the ball and with it. I’ve had someone experience a grand mal seizure uphill from me on a flight of stairs and fall back into me, someone choke on a piece of orange in front of me and there’s just direct action, no distractions or anything. I haven’t found a study to back this, but I’ve noticed (and have seen others call out) a disproportionate number of people with ADHD in EMS, IT/InfoSec Incident Response, and other similar industries. ADHD is caused by deficiencies in seratonin (among other hormones), and stress responses involve seratonin levels (need to find the cites for that) and…hey, we’re now at baseline and now are operating without our disability.
There’s probably a lot I’m interested in writing about that’s out of scope for opensource.com, I have my own (fledgling) blog and I’m quite happy to ramble on (not that I’d ever rambel on) over there if it doesn’t work here.
First two posts on the topic I’m formulating, if there’s interest here:
- My experiences with ADHD over my life
- Tips I’ve gathered from various sources about how managers can enable associates with ADHD
For the latter, I’ve had some discussions on Twitter around this. Are there guidelines/preferences around citing that sort of thing? Pointer to the thread(s), citing specific posts, other?