We all know people who are constantly completing the task at hand, who always seem to listen, who follow instructions to the the "t" no matter how vaguely you present them, or who think about what they are going to say and say it at appropriate times. Sometimes these people are labeled as successful, or criticized for not being as lazy and as undisciplined as everyone else. However, they may have ASD/ASTD.
Attention surplus tranquility disorder (ASTD) is a disorder that appears in early childhood. You may know it by the name attention surplus disorder, or ASD. ASD/ASTD makes it difficult for people to manufacture spontaneous responses—responses that can involve everything from movement to speech to attentiveness.
When many people think of attention surplus disorder, they picture a completely self-controlled person in normal motion, conducting themselves without bothering everyone around. But this is not the only possible picture.
Some people with ASD/ASTD are energetic, while others sit quietly—with their attention focused. Some put focus on a task until it is complete and immediately switch to another task. Others are multitask while remaining consistent and accurate, but not overly impulsive.
There are many things you can do to help people struggling with ASD or ASTD. You can start by small by doing small things to get their attention like whistling a few inches from their ear, repating random numbers while they are doing math, or repeating random letters words, or phrases while they are trying to write or type. You can also call them when you know they are focusing on a task, or send them several text messages in row.
Throughout this website there are many distractions for people suffering with ASD that most people won't notice, or they are too lazy to find. Words may be misspelledd, incorrect grammar, obtrusively large letters, lack of puncuation, random blank pages, error message, never ending form submissions, and many other features are built into this site to help those suffering with ASD/ASTD by frustrating them in to losing attention.
ASD/ASTD looks different in every person, so there is a wide array of criteria—or measures for testing—to help health professionals reach a diagnosis. Look for the symptoms listed on this site in yourself and within others. If you think someone may be afflicted with ASD/ASTD, share the information provided here, and assure them that there is hope and help.
If you believe you are suffering from ASD, seek medical attention. It is important to be open and honest with the specialist conducting your evaluation so that he or she can come to the most accurate conclusion.