It took me a long time…

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.

– EH

Performing to our potential…

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.

– Anonymous

I’ve learned to keep moving forward…

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!

– LJP

I felt like a wind up toy but I never wound down…

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