By Ken Patterson
'I'm regularly in a fog. I simply do not appear to imagine rather well. i'm a guy who has cognizance Deficit sickness and that i invite you to take an impromptu journey via my lifestyles. yet wear your fog lighting and carry on for the ride.'
- Ken Patterson
In his own account of existence with awareness Deficit disease (ADD), award-winning writer Ken Patterson richly illustrates the way the indications of upload curtail the facility of an clever guy to achieve the main traditional of life's occasions. via episodes of adolescence, academic studies, employment, army profession, and relationships, he finds the delicate complexities of dealing with occasions most folks take for granted.
This exciting and compassionate publication unsparingly describes a lifestyles distorted through impulsivity, distractions, obsessions, and anger. Illuminating, and deeply insightful, it is going to fascinate a person who has come into touch with ADD.
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When they sent him to basic training, he went AWOL. I remember when he showed up early in the morning at our house. I was just a little kid then, but I could tell he didn’t like the military, and now I understand why. My father told him to go back to basic training, and he did. He just didn’t know what else to do, I guess. And my brother didn’t want to go to Vietnam, but he did. And when he got home, he put a shotgun to his head and blew his brains out. My mother and I found him sprawled across his rented room.
Something in me wanted to ask more about Vietnam, about what my brother experienced, but I knew it wouldn’t be a good idea. So I did just as he told me, as if all the things I’d done a few minutes earlier hadn’t happened. I don’t know what Wolf did that day. It must have been more than just the fact that he’d been nice to me. Maybe it was some technique he’d used before to deal with malcontents, or maybe it was just the fact that his easy-going demeanor gave me the confidence I needed to get through the rest of boot camp.
I knew I’d lost Carrie for good. I raced down the hill in my truck. In darkness and tears, I sped into the California foothills, unaware of the hairpin turns or redwoods caught in the truck’s headlights. I had no idea where I was going or what I’d do when I got there. A future didn’t seem necessary anymore. Not without Carrie. Of course, given my emotional state, I was very lucky to make it safely down that hill at all. But I made it without a hitch, as if the innate desire to go on existing guided my hand that night.
ADD and Me: Forty Years in a Fog by Ken Patterson