It’s not stupid! —– Tip o the day 45

A lot of us with ADD call ourself “stupid” when we mess up.  Or we may say

“That was stupid!”

No, it wasn’t stupid.  And we’re not stupid, it’s ADD.  Those of us who had a lot of trouble in the first grade may have learned to think of ourselves as stupid, or we may have been called stupid throughout our lives.  This is damaging, and when we do it to ourselves, it is also self defeating.  There is no correlation between IQ and ADD.

A friend just sent me a blog which says that Ben Franklin had ADD.

My wife and I just watched a documentary on Michelangelo.  It didn’t mention ADD.  It did say that he was flooded with great creative ideas, and often started on several projects at once, and had trouble finishing any of them, and trouble meeting deadlines. 

We just returned from the hospital, where we watched a nurse fumble with some equipment, and go at it backwards, and make it more difficult than it had to be.  We concluded that she was intellectually challenged. Then she mentioned to us that  she had only recently had her ADD diagnosed, and that her Concerta (a long acting Ritalin) helped her tremendously, but that she had just run out. 

A New Yorker article about the brilliant hacker who did the wiki leaks says that his staff has to look after him – he will arrive at the airport without his tickets or without his luggage. It says that if he is involved in something you can speak directly to him but he won’t answer. (You may or may not like his politics but you can’t say that he’s stupid.)

Pete Quily, ADD coach, lists many great people who have or had ADD.  Check out his blog (on the right of here).


the book will come out in the fall, with strategies for adult ADD. This will include strategies for students, probably Jr High and up, with ADD or ADHD.

I started to title this post,                            “It’s not stupid, stupid.” but that seemed a little counterproductive.

About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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