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What I Wish People Knew About ADHD

What I Wish People Knew About ADHD

Since my ADHD diagnosis, which came in early March 2021, shortly after my 41st birthday, I've been astonished to discover how many of my behaviors are linked to ADHD. Over the past several months, I've reflected on aspects of ADHD that I wish others understood—things that I find intriguing and that shed light on some of my perplexing behaviors over the years.

As I continue to learn about the disorder and witness how it manifests in real-time, depending on factors like the time of day, time of year, time of the month, and my last full night's sleep, there's a wealth of insights I want to share.

Living with ADHD, you'll likely relate to why I compiled a list; there wasn't a single theme I could focus on, given the diverse ways ADHD influences my daily life.

I wish people knew that my tendency to interrupt stems from being intensely interested in our conversation, not a lack of care for what they're saying.

Even high-achieving individuals with ADHD are impacted by their symptoms every single day.

How I spend my time doesn't necessarily reflect my priorities. For example, I might be late for a long-awaited reunion because I prioritized low-importance tasks before the mounting stress of impending deadlines forced me to open this Word document. Procrastination isn't a choice and is never beneficial for my mental health—it invariably makes me feel anxious, even if I meet deadlines and goals.

I've developed numerous masking behaviors over the decades to the point that I dismissed the idea of having ADHD when someone familiar with the disorder pointed out (with kindness) that I sounded like a textbook case.

The seemingly contradictory tendency we ADHDers have to hyper-focus can make us feel chained to whatever has captured our attention. It feels different than the life-affirming experience of flow; instead, obsessive hyper-focusing makes me feel unable to do anything else until I snap out of it. Foot shaking or pencil tapping isn't an indication of impatience or boredom.

Many of us with ADHD grapple with complex self-esteem issues, perpetually puzzled by our lack of prolific output despite possessing creative and fast-thinking minds.

These are just a few aspects affecting me today. I encourage you to take a few minutes to reflect on what you wish others knew about ADHD. Even if you never share the list publicly, it can offer a new perspective on how your brain functions. Revisit the list later to see how your concerns evolve based on life circumstances, the time of year, and your mood.

Blog By: ByJanet Geddis November 2, 2021Diagnosed since 1991 :

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