I'm thinking of starting a 12 step inspired support group, for people struggling with distractions. Basically it would be a group for people with ADHD symptoms, whether they actually have the disorder, or have simply wrecked their attention spans by using the internet too much.

What would be a good name to put before "Anonymous" to convey this scope? A tongue in cheek name like "Scatterbrains Anonymous" or "Spaceshots Anonymous" seems like it might put people off. I'm looking for something that would be to "distractible" as "depressive" the noun is to "depressive" the adjective. I've considered the neologism route, with "Distractives Anonymous", but it seems like a reach to get people identifying with a term that doesn't even exist yet. Any other suggestions?

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    I dunno, here's a thought...how about emphasizing the goal of the group instead of focusing on their shortcomings? You can pick a name for the group that is an acronym or something they'd be proud to attend. – Kristina Lopez Apr 22 '14 at 19:48
  • This question appears to be off-topic because it is about giving names to things. – Bradd Szonye Apr 23 '14 at 6:40
  • Hi Bradd, I was actually hoping to find an existing word that would fit the criteria I described. I included contextual details because they seemed like the most direct way to illustrate what I was looking for. Didn't intend to start a brainstorming jam, though I appreciate the ideas. – Jesse Baer Apr 23 '14 at 17:02

Have you thought of Short Attention Span? As in "I'm a member of Short Attention Spans Ano... oh look, something shiny!"


Consider A.M.A. "Absent Minds Anonymous," "Daydreamers Anonymous," and "Woolgatherers Anonymous."


Unfocused Anonymous

cause to lose concentration or attention. "it might unfocus the jury and distract it"


Over Attenders Anonymous would acknowledge that folks with ADD and ADHD have not so much a deficit in attention as a difficult to manage attentiveness. They are differently attentive and may find that their attention is often somewhere other than where others or particular tasks demand.

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