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Collected Item: “Hyperfixations through the past 9 months”

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Hyperfixations through the past 9 months

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Digital Collage

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I am submitting this object because a very common symptom of neurodiversity is hyperfixation, and with the increased amount of time spent in the house, many people, including my dad are more free to spend hours upon hours doing the tasks stimulating tasks. An aspect of hyperfixation is the way it can “turn on” and “off” at seemingly random times, so for my dad, over the past 9 months, he began writing a novel, which he has 80 thousand words in, but is as yet unfinished, he then moved on to creating card and board games, complete with art and promotional material. Throughout quarantine, he has fixated and his health, and took up running. His most recent fixation is music, writing lyrics and music on a modular synthesizer.
This object could be helpful in providing an example of how people with ADHD kept themselves stimulated through quarantine, as well as how their minds often flit from one project to the next, depending on how interesting or rewarding it seems at the time.
It was also important to me to contribute this item because much of the time ADHD is only focused on children, so adding this object to the collection works to give representation to the many adults with ADHD who are working as well as trying to adjust to life during the pandemic.

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#HST241, #CovidMiniCollection, #Suffolk, #CovidAndNeurodiversity, #ADHD, #WorkingWithADHD

Who originally created this object? (If you created this object, such as photo, then put "self" here.)

Sean Bateman (Provided screenshots and pictures) and Megan Bateman (made collage)

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