As someone with ADHD, I’ve tried to hide my natural ways of thinking and behaving in order to fit into a non-ADHD world. I do my best to look “normal,” which usually means pretending to be a grown-up while hog-tying my impulsive thoughts and actions.
It means struggling to remember things, pay attention in meetings, listen to directions and complete tasks. Some days I feel like I can’t get my scattered thoughts in order long enough to start a task, let alone finish it. By evening I’m exhausted. I easily feel inept, and I judge myself harshly.
If you see yourself in my story, there’s hope.
Being honest and learning about how ADHD affects you, how you think, and how you act allows you to use that understanding to navigate the world. It allows you to take the driver’s seat in writing your own ADHD story.