Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Does Luke Skywalker have ADHD?

So, one of the weird things once you become a 'disorder' or 'condition' mummy is that you start spotting traits and signs everywhere. If you go to a playground and there's another kid there with similar traits to your kid, there's a secret glance with the other mum. Course it doesn't stop in the playground. Disney movies are a good place to start spotting traits and conditions.  Sci-fi and superhero shows are a goldmine too. And now I'm wondering if Luke Skywalker will be confirming my ADHD suspicions or not in the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens that releases tomorrow.

Yes, I know, I'm more an ASD talker.  However, aside a few 'special interests' including technology (specifically building Droids and lightsabers) and of course 'The Force', I'm not one to look for symptoms that aren't there. Anakin was probably more akin to ASD or Aspie traits than Luke. 

ADHD or ADD on the other hand is a possibility. We're awaiting the outcome of an ADHD assessment. I'm not an expert but I do know that Luke ticks quite a few boxes. It's usually broken down into areas of being inattentive or lacking concentration/focus, being impulsive and being hyperactive. 

Yoda says, "I cannot teach him. The boy has no patience," and "All his life has he looked away... to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things."  Yoda may not have the benefit of an ADHD diagnostic toolkit but he still managed to spot a few things. 

Luke disappears off on own quests on a whim I'd say that's impulsively just going off on missions. He charges into fights and places without thinking as if he can't stop himself. He looses focus even in the midst of a fight with his father and starts thinking about his sister instead which gets him into a whole heap of trouble. 

Ok, so I'm a symptom spotter. The good news is that Luke seemed to be coming up with some useful strategies to help himself. Medicating using The Force  seems to help his focus a bit and all that energetic fighting has no doubt helped his hyperactivity levels. 

He seemed most relaxed right after the massive fight at the end of the last film. Hallucinations with some ADHD medications are apparently not uncommon so perhaps that would explain seeing ghost Jedi then too. Ok, so that's maybe a bit of a stretch. One thing is for sure, "Enjoy the film I will. But look out for ADHD symptoms I also shall!"  I just can't help myself! What can you spot?

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