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What is the role of desire for an adult with attention deficit disorder?

Whereas adults without attention deficit disorder (ADD) can ignore their desires in order to get through a never-ending to-do list, ADD adults are vehemently connected to their desires. Almost every impulse that flits across their awareness seeks expression in the real world. The gift in this drive is that it helps you to recognize and honor your own needs. Your urges and wants should guide your life. And because you honor your desires so well, you have a full, healthy garden of desires, whereas others who are less exuberant have only a few scraggly, stunted weeds. These desires fuel your hyperactivity; they propel you with great energy to make them real.

The problem is, because immediate desires are so compelling, you may never become organized enough to work toward long-term goals. It's hard not to erupt into conversation when an idea flits across your mind -- the short-term desire to share can be undeniable. It can take reflection to realize that your long-term goal of enjoying collegial relationships at work requires the ability to listen to others, even though they may seem slow, boring talkers.
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