What's it Really Like to have ADD/ADHD?
OK, now I've read just one-too-many media stories about ADD/ADHD that simplistically say it's inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity. OMG people! It is much more than that! No wonder ADD/ADHD has an image-problem and about one-third of the world thinks we're just a bunch of wimps and whiners. Let's get real. Here's what it is REALLY like ……
*Often mentally and/or emotionally overwhelmed
*"Body Clock" is out of sync (different sleep pattern)
*Exceedingly difficult to wait in many circumstances
*Frequently feel "not OK" mentally; feel “different”/"odd"
*Frequent “I don’t want to” sensation, and can’t explain it!
*Others frequently react - angry, avoid, annoyed, frustrated
*Mind "wander off", "tune-out", frequently and involuntarily
*Poor emotional control in frustrating or exciting situations
*Distorted sense of time, passage of time, and of the future
*Frequently lose, misplace or forget many day-to-day things
*Real fatigue in response to frustrating/distasteful situations
*The harder we try, the worse it gets (brain activity decreases)
*Sloppy and disorganized, or struggle intensely to be organized
*Great difficulty paying attention to uninteresting/difficult tasks
*Intense difficulty facing the consequences (self-consciousness)
*Often say/do things impulsively, automatically, without thinking
*Involuntary physical and/or mental restlessness: ongoing or off/on
*Average or above-average IQ + inconsistent symptoms = severely challenges others efforts at understanding ADHD
*Worst of all, many believe the ADHD person purposefully, willfully, and knowingly does the above things
*So, they believe the ADHD person makes a "choice" to do these things
*So, they treat the ADHD person accordingly!
(Note: Not All ADHD individuals have All these problems. However, most ADHD people experience a majority of them.)