Technology: The Ritalin Cure For ADHD
Bill Cottringer

“For normal people, the artificial urgency created by today’s hyper-speed technology is a demon to be tamed; for people with ADHD, it turns out to be an angle in disguise just needing to fly itself into being tired.” ~The author.

All living creatures have a common pursuit that underlies all other drives. This basic quest is to eliminate all the negative sources of unhappiness and suffering in order to enjoy what is anticipated as being left over from those efforts—the positive prize of happiness. This common pursuit is given birth through self-consciousness, or the separate sense of “me” trying to conquer the world of unhappiness. It is compounded for people who have ADHD. This is because of all the endless sources of frustration ADHD brings, along with all the illusional sources of relief always just out of grasp. But more importantly, the over-riding sense of panic and desperation to engage in this pursuit for success and happiness, is magnified further by the ADHD brain’s fast and furious, unfocussed attention.

All humans seem to have another thing in common, that may be even worse with people with ADHD. Most of the realities we find ourselves part of, are mostly mental and not true or real at all, just a fabrication of our personal thinking and feeling. Such is the case with labeling all the many sources of unhappiness we encounter as being so undesirable and no good in any way, and the counter assumption of all the things that will surely bring ourselves happiness as being all good and desirable.

Of course the speed of today’s technology keeps the sight of this reality far off in the distance, first to be seen by ADHD people whose brain’s are already out there on the fringes, thanks to inventions such as the hyper-speed of things like Facebook and 4-D cloud technology of modern-day living. More “me,” more and quicker relationships, more things and more cures for unhappiness and failure, with endless sources of happiness and success solutions.

Nothing has really changed as far as the truth and wisdom of what can help us to be truly happy and better able to deal with unhappiness more effectively…except the point in time when we finally get to see and understand what life is really all about, in spite of the mountains of useless, nonsensical and overwhelming clutter of change and “progress” quickly burying us. Modern technology is helping to delay this very real, life-changing insight, as it is just a blur going by because of the speed of the chase. Only when we slow down and focus on the actual emptiness of our hands, does anything permanently positive and meaningful begin to happen.

What we all eventually see, sooner or later, is:

1. Unhappiness and suffering are an inevitable part of life that we can’t eliminate or escape from, at least until we quit trying to by accepting the possibility that we can’t know and appreciate happiness without being able to compare it to its opposite, unhappiness. This is the positive purpose that the occurrence of unhappiness and suffering serves. It is the misunderstanding, worry and avoidance that all make things worse than they need to be, like worrying about worrying or worrying about not being able to stop worrying.
2. Genuine happiness and success can only be had by living a good life committed to the right, unchanging values that lead to it—understanding, acceptance, generosity, forgiveness, unconditional love, compassion, humility, choosing the right side, and helping others to get more happiness and success unselfishly. The trouble is you have to find those things that really do matter most, which are well-hidden in the clutter piling up by the second, like a needle in the haystack.

The important question we should all be asking is this one: How is the speed of technology paradoxically delaying our success quest for happiness? The answer is rather simple—technology is only adding more and more artificiality to our unreal mental overloads until that vision finally gets in better focus to see something worth seeing. This worthy sight is: That the lock it put on our hearts—keeping us from the awesome power of knowing the truth and wisdom we were born with—has to go. That takes slowing down to see past what we are looking at, or paradoxically speeding up until we finally get tired of the blur of perpetual change and movement and finally seeing the good purpose of technology for its true worth.

Misusing technology for its speed to increase the quantity of everything we imagine we want, misses the whole point of living—to enjoy the quality of the moments we are already in, which takes no speed at all. Seeing ADHD in this different light strips the debilitating “disease” of its hostage-holding negative power and makes true happiness and success at finding it much more accessible to those who are fortunate enough to have it! Go ahead and speed up so you can eventually slow down and enjoy everything including unhappiness and failure, so you can let it pass naturally as it can’t linger without a whole lot of misguided resistance.

Author's Bio: 

William Cottringer, Ph.D. is Executive Vice President for Employee Relations for Puget Sound Security, Inc. in Bellevue, WA, along with being a Sport Psychologist, Business Success Coach, Photographer and Writer living in the mountains of North Bend. He is author of several business and self-development books, including, “You Can Have Your Cheese & Eat It Too” (Executive Excellence); “The Bow-Wow Secrets” (Wisdom Tree); “Do What Matters Most” and “P” Point Management;” (Atlantic Book Publishers); Reality Repair Rx (Publish America); and “Reality Repair” (Global Vision Press). Bill can be reached for comments or questions at (425) 454-5011 or