Contributed by: Terry Matlen, ACSW
I broke a record
. Really, I did.
For the first time
since returning from traveling,
I unpacked my suitcase in a timely fashion. No, not the night I got
home, or even the day after. Not even the week after. I unpacked it
exactly 12 days after arriving home.
Typically, my suitcase
, filled with wrinkled
airplane- stinking clothes lies on my bedroom floor for weeks. It's
not that I don't WANT to unpack it. Or that I'm lazy. It's that it
simply becomes part of my bedroom landscape and I totally forget
it's there. Now, my bedroom isn't all that large, by any means. And
I actually MUST see it every morning and every night, since it sits
three feet from my bed. But though I may SEE it, I don't actually
LOOK at it so that it registers a screaming reminder to unpack
People with ADHD
, though often visual, are also
extremely gifted in looking but not seeing. Thus, if a chore is not
screaming at us visually, or if there aren't pending scary
consequences for not attacking a task, we simply don't see or think
of what it is that needs to be done.
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