I think we need to drop the “Disorder”. It’s redundant and it flies in the face of honoring neurodiversity. This isn’t about being PC, it’s about not beating dead horses. I KNOW I have a deficit, duh, that’s why I went to a mental health center and said “hey y’all, I think I have ADHD”.
It’s just that I’m already living with a lack of something. I’m already behind some kind of neurobiological 8-ball. I’m already running to catch up with whatever the heck it was that y’all were just talking about while I was tinkering with my plan to dominate the world by picking blueberries for an hour in the middle of the work day. All of this would be sufficient to alert me to my dopamine deficiency without reminding me that I have a DISORDER.
A deficiency is, in itself, by definition, something to be addressed. ADHD may not be a gift, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to run around spitting in the face of everything I’ve done in life, by repeating “DISORDER-DISORDER-DISORDER” to myself. It’s pointless self-abuse.
I have an attention deficit. And if you really read “the literature” you realize that even that part of the label really is fucked anyway. ADHD is NOT an issue of not being able to pay attention, it’s an issue of not being able to regulate attention. Which often looks like overfocusing, actually…if you want to get technical.
So THERE, the whole label is screwed.
Attention Regulation Disorder would be more accurate even if it does use the D-word.
And I can own that…I DO have difficulty regulating my attentiveness. But does it mean that I’m disordered, or simply eccentric from the norm. I own my difference, and I own that it presents challenges. But there are some really boring damn people out there with “normal” brains and personally, I think that’s a way bigger problem.
I’m going to start referring to those people as “Humor Perception Disordered”.
Oh-oh…sorry…I mean “Humor Perception Deficient”.