by John A.
(Tyler, TX)

Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. - Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. It's a very serious disorder to have and now considered a national health concern. This is how it manifests so you will know the symptoms:

I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first. But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book off the table, and see that there is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Pepsi I'd been drinking.

I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Pepsi aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over. The Pepsi is getting warm, and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye--they need water.

I put the Pepsi on the counter and discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I'll be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill. Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day: the car isn't washed, the bills aren't paid, there is a warm can of Pepsi sitting on the counter, the flowers don't have enough water, there is still only 1 check in my check book, I can't find the remote, I can't find my glasses, and I don't remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all damn day, and I'm really tired.

I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mails .....

Don't laugh -- if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!

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by: Everyday Tasks

I experience this quite often, but it's nothing new.
This condition has been with me since I've been a younger person.

It takes effort to complete everyday tasks so that you feel you've accomplished something!

During my working years, it masked a little better, because of the routine and structure.

by: Diane

John, I've been having this problem my TOTAL LIFE! What does this mean????!!!! I can't focus on one, but true.

by: Anonymous

You are kidding, right?

If you are not, here's how you avoid disorder.

1. make a list every morning where you will keep things and what you will accomplish. Do those first before you go off on another tangent.

3. If you find yourself stopping in the middle of the task to do another task stop...think...go back and finish the first one and check your list.

Go through your rooms once in a while and check that things like glasses, keys, remotes, are where you want them. Eventually you will have habits that help you instead of making more disorder.

Syndromes are just an excuse for inaction, whether a kid or an adult or an aging don't get off that easily.

by: Chandler, AZ

You must have been watching me... this is EXACTLY how my day goes! Thanks for the laugh!

by: Marcia/Pennsylvania

Thanks for putting a name to this disorder. This was so funny (but so true)! It is amazing that we get anything done any time. Between the body sagging, the joints not working, the hearing getting worse, the memory fuzzy at best, etc. etc. But with it all, a good outlook (as you have) at the end of the day, I'd say it is worth doing all over again tomorrow.

May you have plenty of tomorrows and continue to find humor each and every day.

by: Anonymous

I can totally relate. That describes most of my days. LOL

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