Seeing The Solution :
“It’s difficult with the medications because it’s hard to see the solutions.” John Nash, A Beautiful Mind.
Nobel Peace Winner John Nash describes his difficultly solving mathematical equations while taking medication to ease the symptoms and hallucinations of schizophrenia,
I by no means have schizophrenia 🙂 and in no way am comparing it to ADHD but I to have struggled all my life to find solutions when faced with difficult situations.
That it until I found medication. They opposite effect as Nash.
Before when something would go wrong…say for example: My car shit the bed right before my wedding, I go to the grocery store to find all my credit cards were maxed out, or that the closing on my house was going to be held up as my lease on the apartment was expiring. It would send me into a tail spin. Pacing around the room would ensue, followed by my mind racing, irritability, and then exhaustion from the stress.
ADHD medication can sometimes hinder creativity, but in my case it quiets all the noise and I have the ability to become very subjective.
So applying this to a real life and recent situation.
Yesterday, my car died on the side of the road. For some reason, and with no warning. My car had no oil and engine might have seized. Sitting there on the side of the road, I didn’t freak out as all the things I needed to do and in what order aligned in my mind.
- Call the tow truck and get home.
- Ask for advice. (it was determined that even if I put oil in and it’s not leaking out that I shouldn’t even try to start it)
- Sign up for AAA Plus this way I can get it towed for free to the shop.
- Now tomorrow I will have it towed to the shop.
- If it’s worth fixing I will fix it.
- If not I will have it towed home.
- Then I will see if I can trade it in. The body is in great shape. Drop and new engine in there and they could sell it for 10K, hopefully give me 5K for it. Making it a wash for what I owe on it.
- Get a new sensible car while I save up for the big family mini-van that I’m going to need in the next few years as my mighty midgets become gentle giants.