danieleWrites Posted August 18, 2013 Share Posted August 18, 2013 Support for my p33ps! So, classes don't start until the 26th, but due to the wonders of email, assignments have trickled in. I've been doing my pre-reading and re-acquainting myself with a horrid fact of my life. Reading every word is like trying to sit still on a live ant pile. In literature studies, skipping words is a bad plan. Skipping sentences is even worse. I like reading pulp fiction (for lack of a better term) because you can skip entire paragraphs and not miss much. It's like leaving a soap opera for a decade and only needing 15 minutes to catch back up. Managing ADHD is important. How do you do it? I've learned a few tricks over the decades (old coot here), which I apply liberally and update for the information age. Librivox.org is sweet, sweet joy. Reading aloud to myself means drinking a lot of water, but picking up every word. Marginalia and annotation is fabbo, but sometimes, the only way I can unsnarl a sentence that my eyes do not want to read is to write it out. Not terribly effective long term as it's too time consuming, so I only do so when absolutely necessary. Medication turns out to be necessary for me, so I'm part of the Adderall generation. Maybe the Royals will give me a 105-game suspension, in which I do not have to see headlines about the Royals. PEDs for grad students, go team! Organization is my religion. Messy desk = messy brain. I make friends with the learning disability accommodations people because, if nothing else, the option to test separately with added time reduces my stress. I've never used testing accommodation for ADHD, but I have used for my other issue. But focusing for extended periods of time? Oi vey. Even with meds, a cool room with soothing light, and the quiet white noise of a fan, it's still like sitting on a live ant pile. Even when I'm reading the things I love. I had to read Das Kapital with an ice pack on my neck. I don't know if that's physiological or psychological, but it helps. I wouldn't give it up, though, oddly enough. I can't multi-task anymore than anyone else can, but I am, by nature, cross-disciplined. One focus is not satisfying, practically impossible, so I must have two or more. Is that ADHD? Dunno, but two majors helped. I could go from Marx to Milton with not only nary a missed beat, but with a renewed sense of energy for both texts. Of course, that's all channeled together. I looked at Milton sociologically and I looked at Marx's prose with New Criticism. Thankfully, someone has already invented the sociology of literature, so I have precedent for recalcitrant professors. How do you soothe the savage breast? Tame the wild brain? Teach yourself to focus? How does ADHD effect your scholarship? Does it make you a better academic or is it only a struggle? Something else? How does ADHD effect your relationships with your cohort? Professors? Students? Or does it? My brain is one of those 20% that makes it impossible for me to sit still for a long period of time. Study groups? Yeah, can be interesting. Sharing an office? Meetings with advisers, mentors, professors, where you're supposed to be professional-ish and brilliant? Do you sign up with the accommodations center, so the professors you deal with are notified of your ADHD? Why or why not? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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