Cause, Effect, and the Universal ADHD Question (pt. 2)

Episode 11

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In this continuation of last week’s episode, Cam and Shelly use examples from their own experiences as adults with ADHD to further illustrate both the difficulty and the importance of getting to cause with ADHD.

We also offer alternatives to the metaphor we’ve been using to illustrate the relationship between cause and effect and the impact of ADHD, and we expand on our existing metaphor to set up for next week’s episode where we bring the metaphor together.

Mt. Rainier Metaphor Illustration:

Cam’s illustration of our cause + effect metaphor.

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  • when you talk about idea generators and giving them away, Elizabeth Gilbert writes about that in Big Magic. I found her words incredibly soothing because of all my uncompleted projects and my books not written.

  • THANK YOU BOTH for all of this. After listening to a few episodes, I decided to go back and work through them from the beginning, taking notes and thinking it through. Your Mt Ranier-inspired topography of ADHD, in all of its glorious tangle of mixed metaphors, really worked for me, and the picture I doodled while listening was surprisingly close to Cam’s, which I found afterwards. It is a Phantom Tollbooth-like landscape which would make such a great setting for a kids’ chapter book. If you do decide to write one, don’t forget to add fill out your map with the Overwhelm Avalanches, Perfectionism Pass, Enthusiasm Ledge, the Social Media Quicksand Swamp, the Myriad Rabbit Holes of Really Interesting Research, the Wordless Crevices where unnamed emotions live, and of course the BIG IDEA. The Generator, that floating Rubix Cube at the peak, shifts all the elements constantly so that you never know quite where you came from and where you’re headed…

  • I’ll take that Phantom tollbooth like landscape compliment Laura.
    It will keep my artist aspirations afloat the rest of the week!
    Thanks so much for your kind words!

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