ADHD in 1954

Spotted on the LJ Adult ADHD community, this 1954 film tells the story of Barbara, a disorganised teenage girl who doesn’t fit in. When invited to a popular girl’s house she embarrasses herself because of her poor hygiene and social graces.

The voice over is a patronising, authoritarian woman berating Barbara for failing to fit in with social norms. Nowadays someone like Barbara would be diagnosed with ADHD and given medication.

Watch the film: Habit Patterns. Its about 15 minutes long but you only need to watch 3 or 4 minutes to the idea. The comments and discussion are interesting as well.