Originally Posted by Iseeinwidescreen
People with ADHD/ADD typically hyper focus on things that matters or interests them and lack concentration on everything else.
Yeah, attention "deficit" is really a misnomer, it's more of an attention management disorder I would say.
The way I heard it explained once, that has kind of stuck with me, is that it's like a bunch of different streams of attention, going all over the place. It's really good for multitasking, and also for occasionally hyper-focusing all your "streams" of attention onto something you find really interesting, but really really bad for trying to force yourself to focus on one single thing that you find boring, like a college lecture.
For example, if I'm driving, I have
to have music on, or too many of my attention streams will get bored and wander off to find something interesting to ponder. If too many of them find something interesting to think about, they'll start ganging up into hyperfocus mode, take over and I'll stop paying attention to the fact that I'm driving! Music keeps enough of my attention streams occupied, that my driving attention streams'll stay put where I need em.