What if we all just… WERE?

Source: http://www.myspace.com/psychiatrypsucks

I had an interesting conversation with some acquaintances a few days back. For some reason, I ended up sitting at a table with a couple of folks who were lugging around diagnoses of ADD, like so much luggage they had to schlepp around an airport, in perpetual search of a flight that kept changing gates.

One of them embraced their ADD diagnosis with forced gusto, essentially turning the baggage into heavy Luis Vuitton satchels with special locks on all the latches. They proudly proclaimed that they were a “ready-shoot-aim” kind of person, who took things as they came… and proceeded to also comment that for all the balls they have in the air at any given time, they didn’t actually get much done.

Another of them sat silently as we discussed distractability and attention issues and what it’s like to live in today’s world. Not to be dragged down by any ADD/ADHD diagnostic belaborment, I proposed the idea that in today’s world, with all the things that are constantly thrown at us… if we have any interest at all in life, and if we are really invested in what happens to us and the world around us, we darned well sure are going to get “distracted” on a pretty regular basis.

I mean, if you give a damn about what’s going on around you, and if you have a deep and abiding interest in your surroundings, and your surroundings change and evolve, how can you not pay attention to shifting things?

“If you’re really, really alive,” I proposed, “you’re going to be prone to be distracted.”

The one with the “expensive luggage” just looked at me.

The quiet one got up and gave me the biggest hug I’ve gotten in a long time.

I think the quiet one would agree with me, when I loudly agree with Peter Breggin, who says “psychiatric diagnosing is a kind of spiritual profiling that can destroy lives and frequently does.

Check out his piece — it’s a wonderful read.

Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

4 thoughts on “What if we all just… WERE?”

  1. More later on your posts but meantime you might be interested in the following:

    Trauma Can Cause Diseases That Mimic Lou Gehrig’s, Researchers Say

    A peer-reviewed paper to be published Wednesday in a leading
    journal of neuropathology suggests that Lou Gehrig’s demise
    — and that of some other athletes and soldiers given a
    diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as
    Lou Gehrig’s disease — might have been catalyzed by injuries
    only now becoming understood: concussions and other brain

    Although the paper does not discuss the Yankees slugger
    specifically, its authors in interviews acknowledged the
    clear implication: Lou Gehrig might not have had Lou Gehrig’s


  2. Hi there- I am very interested in this but I have never blogged and am not sure how it works where do I learn etc, any help will be appreciated I am a survivor and am interested in sharing please advise- thanks


  3. Hi Jaime –

    First off, it’s a good idea to make sure you are blogging safely — as in, you’re not jeopardizing your well-being and privacy by blogging about your personal life.

    Also, think about what it is you want to contribute to the discussion. Look around and see what others are doing. And consider whether you’re prepared to invest a lot of time in this work. It can be work, and if you don’t plan to do it regularly, you may not want to do it at all.

    Best of luck to you in your recovery.



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