Psychologists Identify New Disorder for Children Without ADHD
by Jane Sane
There is a growing trend today among our children. More and more, our children are being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). And yes, they really have it. So many, in fact, that psychologists have begun to notice that children diagnosed with ADHD are beginning to outnumber those without. This epic generational shift in consciousness has changed the way we think about psychological pathology. As a result, a new disorder has been identified among our youth, Extended Focal Fortitude Disorder, or EFFD. EFFD kids display signs of being disturbingly patient, unnaturally calm, and show a near total inability to lose focus or become irritable when confined to a small space or an extended activity. EFFD may be a new disorder, however, it is being diagnosed rapidly across the country. In fact, it is estimated that by the end of the year nearly all children without ADHD will be diagnosed with EFFD.
Ginny Treelane, 14, was diagnosed with EFFD just over three months ago, being one of the pioneer cases of the disorder in children. I actually had a chance to interview Ginny, and she told me about her experiences living with EFFD.
Jane: Hello Ginny, thank you for allowing me to interview you today. I am sure it can be difficult to talk about your experiences living with EFFD, and so I will try my best to be sensitive to you throughout the interview.
Ginny: Thank you, Jane, but the pleasure is all mine. I happen to be very comfortable talking about my condition, so don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions.
Jane: Thank you, Ginny, allow me to begin. What was it like before you knew you had EFFD?
Ginny: Life was strange. All around me other children were whizzing around, texting each other, posting on facebook, and sharing youtube videos. I couldn’t keep up with the rapid shifts in amusement and manic laughter. I preferred to keep to myself and read novels or write short stories. The other kids didn’t understand why I would do all those boring things for such a long time, and so after a while my teacher saw how maladjusted I was and had me speak with the school psychologist. After a few meetings it was decided that I should see a specialist who was working with other EFFD children locally.
Jane: How did things change after you saw the specialist?
Ginny: My life turned around. Before I knew I was EFFD I didn’t understand my peers, and I had never developed the necessary social skills to interact in the fast-paced world we live in. But after being enlightened to how EFFD I was I suddenly understood how abnormal I was. It definitely wasn’t normal to be reading for 4 or more hours, no matter how much it was raining outside.
Jane: What are your options for treatment?
Ginny: Therapy can be an option, but EFFD doesn’t just go away. I can’t simply put down the journal and pick up an iPhone and hope that I’ll get better. That’s why my specialist prescribed me a new medication for my EFFD. Ironically, the same medications used to treat ADHD are used to treat EFFD, Adderal, Ritalin, and other amphetamine and cocaine analogues. When a child with ADHD takes these medications, they gain focus and concentration, but when a child with EFFD takes them they lose their patience and ability to concentrate, which can help in disrupting problematic behaviors associated with EFFD, like reading.
Jane: Wow, Ginny, you know so much about your disorder, it is impressive.
Ginny: Please don’t mention it. Sadly it is a side-effect of my disease. I could not help but investigate everything about being EFFD until I had educated myself completely on the matter.
Jane: Sorry for bringing it up, but you are so brave. I will let you go now. Be strong.
Ginny: Thanks Jane, you too.
Ginny was a truly astounding individual. If yourself or someone you know might be EFFD, advise them to seek attention immediately. Without proper treatment, EFFD can result in virtuoso musical ability, mastery in various crafts, and highly-developed artistic ability. In fact, if you made it this far into this article you need to seek help now. I have noticed my lack of distraction while writing this, so little, in fact, that I fear I will have to be committed for being EFFD and out of control. Sorry for this.