I always thought doodling a sign of a distracted mind. A waste of pen and paper, and a distraction from listening. I would look at my classmates’ doodles with disdain. Like (gasp!) writing in a textbook. And don’t do it on my paper!
I have since learned that it does actually help some people to concentrate. And while I understand the biology of it, I still struggle not to judge doodlers. I think there are more random doodlers who just doodle out of boredom and disinterest than ADHD minds needing occupying so they focus.
I always doodled during certain lecture classes. It kept me from loosing my mind. Some teachers (especially the ones that were judges, my BA is criminal justice and all our teachers either worked or still had jobs in the profession) were so flat and boring. I new my shit and some just didn’t entertain me enough to keep me engaged. I still find myself doodling when I’m on the phone with like U-verse trying to negotiate a better price for cable or something boring like that but that’s about it anymore.