By Madison Blanchard
Oct. 30, 2015
Seamus Dilts wants to change people’s minds about what it means to have ADHD.
He is an intern with counseling services at Holland College and put on a seminar about attention deficit hyperactive disorder on Oct.21.
Dilts is trying to help those who have ADHD see the benefits and not just the drawbacks.
“There’s businesses that pay to have people teach their staff on how to think outside the box. If you have ADHD, you are so far outside that box, you can’t even find it.”
Many people with ADHD have difficulty seeing the benefits to something that can be a hindrance in many workplaces and social situations.
“The problem comes in when the boundaries get so small that you can’t stay within the barriers.”
ADHD is misunderstood as a hyperactive person who can’t sit still and has trouble with reading and writing but this not always the case, Dilts said.
“If you know one person with ADHD, you know maybe five people with ADHD. It’s different for many people.”
ADHD affects the hormone dopemine in your brain. This causes many to be thrill seekers, but it can manifest itself in different ways, Dilts said.
“Once you understand your symptoms and how they can be a benefit, you can understand how you can work better within limits.”
Blair MacPhail is a teacher of professional golf management at Holland College. He was at the seminar to try and understand his students better.
“At the college level with first-year students, we see all different types of learners and this kind of information can help us, help them.”
Every teacher and instructor both at the college level and in the grade school system, should see the presentation to understand what they are dealing with, he said.
“These are the students, these are our customers.”
MacPhail said he would present some of what he learned at the next staff meeting he attended.
Sarah Fuller is frustrated with the lack of understanding.
“The system is broken…..we are the squares and we are being chipped away by society and the education system to fit into circle holes.”
She said she was at the session for herself, but also for her son. She called on Dilts to go to the English School Board with his presentation, something almost everyone at the seminar agreed was a good idea.
Dilts said he would consider it but didn’t have any immediate plans.
Seamus Dilts presents on ADHD at Holland College on Oct.21. Madison Blanchard photo.