I find the lack of understanding and knowledge about ADHD, especially among teachers, to be extremely disturbing. These individuals have the most daily influence in the life of a child and an opportunity to assist and help these children develop the skills needed to work with this disorder. Teachers are sadly behind the times when it comes to dealing with in their classrooms and we as parents find ourselves spending inordinate amounts of time advising and educating the educators on how to partner with us and our child to help ensure his success.
It took me a long time to see how my “boundless energy and curiosity” that were helpful in my professional and personal lives were also limiting my professional and personal lives. Acknowledging and treating my ADHD has helped me see and listen more clearly, think ahead more thoroughly, and be more effectively creative. I am also less anxious.
Because ADHD is not a visible disorder, people don’t understand that it is just as disabling as those that are very visible. It requires understanding and acceptance that people with ADHD need some accommodations at times to perform to their potential.
For me, having ADHD is like walking one step in front of a rain cloud, two steps in front of a thunderstorm [and], three steps in front of a tornado. Forgetting things, making careless errors, being confused. … these things can create havoc!
The important thing I’ve learned is to accept errors as quickly as I can, remedy the situation, issue apologies as needed… and keep moving forward. Afterall, the sky is clear and the sun is shining up ahead!
ADHD is not a choice or the result of bad parenting. Kids with ADHD work twice as hard every day as their peers do, but receive more negative feedback from the world.
When I first took ADHD medications it was just like the first time I got glasses…the world came into focus. I just wish I could have had them forty years ago. My life would be very different.
It was a relief when I was diagnosed at age 46 and a lot of my past made sense. I wasn’t just lazy. The medication and awareness has helped me to adjust and cope. I can appreciate my strengths and work on my weaknesses now instead of just feeling like a loser.
Living with ADHD is like walking up a down escalator.
You can get there eventually but the journey is exhausting.
– Kathleen, Montana
I was diagnosed with ADHD last October on my 27th Birthday. I always felt different, although I was bright, creative, and friendly. Still, I was overwhelmed with a sense of being encapsulated in a bubble. I could see out, but I couldn’t reach out. I didn’t connect on the same level as the other kids. I often said to my mom that I felt like a wind up toy, but I never wound down… I just kept ticking, ticking, ticking. I went through the motions, high school, college, then a job. The job was a very non-creative one. I consistently made silly errors. I was an easy target for disciplinary measures. They were constant. I lost my confidence and my zest. I was like a caged bird. I became clinically depressed and left. Then I came across an ADHD article and there I was, my whole being on a page. I immediately went to see a professor who diagnosed me with ADHD. I was prescribed medication and it was pretty nice to hear I, in fact, had a very high IQ. Since that day my life has changed for the better. I always did photography, but now I run my own photography business working for magazines and papers, shooting festivals, concerts and events. I even have my own office. The day I was diagnosed was the day I came alive. ADHD? I wouldn’t change you for the world.
– Nikki, Ireland