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Welcome to ADHDville, USA

I wish to propose a linguistic alteration.

by Bill Mehlman


I'm already tired of writing "children who suffer from ADHD" and "adults who exhibit symptoms of attention deficit disorder." So, unless my editors get all OED about "ADHD", I'm going to start referring to the subjects of these posts as "ADHDans." The "-an" suffix frequently indicates a resident of the place whose name precedes it, and as far as I'm concerned Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is definitely a state of its own.

So, if you're reading this, it means my editors believe in descriptive, rather than prescriptive grammar. In other words, they're cutting me some slack. And cutting ADHDans like me some slack is what the rest of the world should do. We're not freaks, we're not sociopaths, we're not the Typhoid Marys of learning disorders. We just process things a littttttle bit differently than the majority of you folks.

And now, I'm off to watch the big game: ADHD State vs. Dyslexia Tech.

Unless that was yesterday.


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