Posted by Jakeman on March 8, 2006, at 21:28:21
In reply to RE diagnosis of ADHD in adults, posted by ed_uk on March 8, 2006, at 16:20:15
> Do we expect too much of ourselves these days?
Yes, I think we do. In the West, there is little appreciation for just being yourself. Also as we've become more modernized earlier support structures such as tribes and families have diminished or have disappeared.
I'm a history buff and I've been reading the recent biographies of Abraham Lincoln. Apparently he had major depression, and was possibly bi-polar. But, from what I've read, the social attitude was different then. Someone who was melancholy was often seen as evidence of a deep thinker, someone could understand the suffering of people. Someone who was realistic.
But today everyone has to have a smile on their face. It's not natural.
warm regards, ~Jake