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Part of #ExplainAdultADHD.  A campaign to reduce the ignorance, misinformation, and stigma against adults with ADHD.

You Still Can Focus And Be Creative And Productive With ADHD! Explain Adult ADHD

“I feel that having adult ADHD doesn’t have to be a curse. Sure, there can be times when it seems impossible to focus. Or, we may indeed be productive, but we end up twenty steps away from the task we originally began. However, it can actually be turned into a great source of creativity.

Our tendency to hyperfocus can be incredible when it comes to something like writing a book…so long as we’re not also cooking pizza in the oven! It may take a little discipline to sit still in front of a white screen (or notepad) and create something from scratch; but, our tendency to daydream and seek out newer, more thrilling things can add to our creativity.

We end up watching different types of movies, listening to an eclectic mix of music, and reading a wide array of books. All those things can feed into the creativity for writing. Daydreaming can also help us concoct some pretty interesting things.

I finally got screened for, diagnosed with, and treated for ADHD this year. The medication my doctor and I agreed on seems to work very well with no side effects.

It has helped me be a little more focused, a little less agitated, and perhaps a bit less anxious as well. I feel those things have helped me complete my self-edits on a very beefy fantasy novel, plus finish and refine two children’s books as well (all about to be pitched to agents).

I think many of my ideas came from the ADHD tendency to dream up things for amusement or drift from a boring conversation to a more inspiring topic. If anything, it’s still a personal challenge to keep Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail from being a distraction while writing, but most of the other challenges have been reduced or removed all together.

In short, ADHD doesn’t have to rule our lives and make us feel like outcasts with little to contribute to life. In fact, with or without medications, we have the capacity to dream up and create things that might be spectacular to the world around us.”

By Mark

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Just Like You


“I think something we ADHDers struggle with but, don’t talk about much is our sense of inferiority. Its true, we feel, somehow, like were “beneath” our peers. As if everything we’ve tried to accomplish and failed is on display on a billboard above our heads! We live with the shame of failure that most NT’s (neurotypicals) will never feel.

We just want to see something, anything, through til the end. We wonder; how do you guys do it? How do you devise a plan, map it out, gather necessities, and see it through?? ADHD brains cannot do this at all.

We are envious of all your accomplishments. We want so badly to be able to get out shit together enough to even make a plan. We do, we want to be like you.”

By @KariTaber

Her blog is Everywhere But Here.

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I Can Hardly See Anything.

“I can’t see. I don’t mean I am legally blind or that my glasses don’t work. It is like my brain is moving so fast that I can’t find objects right in front of me.

Picture zooming down hill on a bicycle and everything you see flying past. It’s kind of like that, only my brain is the thing zooming. In the morning, before medications kicks in, I walk in circles forgetting what I was looking for and/or unable to see it when it is right in front of me.

Often I look in the same place three times before I notice it is there. It’s kind of like real life is a game of hidden pictures.

Where are my glasses? Most people can see where they are “hiding” but I am like the five-year old who can’t find the glasses on the table-I see the dark stained wooden table, but not the dark rimmed glasses. If I want to find my keys I shake my purse first-if I can hear them, I can find them.

As for remembering things, I have countless planners I have used and forgotten about. One day it is in my purse or bag, the next day it is left on some shelf and I forget it existed. I am lost in a maze of words and concepts in my head, unable to escape my thinking, but loving “ideas” and trying to find one I can do something with.

When I was about 7 or 8 I remember praying “dear God please shut off my brain so I can sleep.” It is buzzy.

I have the inattentive type of ADHD so I don’t always appear hyper-just kind of lost. Life is overwhelming like being stuck in the middle of a tornado with things flying out and coming at you which need to be dealt with.

Everyday is a struggle against the clock, against yourself. People get frustrated and disappointed with you and you feel like a failure…

And then once in a while your fast and flashy brain comes up with a special insight or a creative project or solution that earns you some respect. You think outside the box and sometimes that is great.

Other times you will feel like you are being denied access to your full intelligence. Like you are not reaching your full potential.

So you find things you can do on your own that make you feel good. Jogging, writing poetry, cooking without a recipe. You remember to be grateful for what you have, and not what you lack. Nobody’s perfect.”

By Tara Baxter.

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To ADHD Families And Friends: We Love You

“Emotional regulation impairment often unable people with ADHD to appropriately express their feelings.

Some of our behaviours are considered hurtful personal attacks by the ones who live with us.

But none of these actions will ever mean that we don’t care or we don’t love.

We try our best to express the intensity and authenticity of our feelings. But, at times, we fail.

Families of people with ADHD: just know this.Despite negative behaviours. You are loved. And will always be.”

WE LOVE YOU! A MESSAGE TO ADHD FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES - YouTube

By Erica Bruce.

Erica’s Youtube channel

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Part of #ExplainAdultADHD.  A campaign to reduce the ignorance, misinformation, and stigma against adults with ADHD.

We Stand Alone

“There is much more and my opinion, worse effects of true add/adhd patients suffer. Adaptation for survival. We stand alone in a world we learn from childhood to carry their demons.

You will never know one of us who have made it thus far. You will know of the personas we dress into every morning. We have become very intelligent and control the attention defect having to hear your rhetoric years on end. We know your reactions.

We will give the scapegoat ready for you to jump on, a drug or drink always at hand so you find our place in your illusion and giving you a simple reason since our truth, explanations, and genuine tears of sorrow can never be wiped away.

Our begging and yelling from mountaintops in every sector upon this planet of sentient being failsafe translation. There is no place for us, no special bus, no handrail, no pews or prayers to be sought.

At my state of this illness, I can tell you your love is completely conditional, your businesses unreliable, and your religions accept lepers with a kiss compared to how we are treated.

There ends up to be nothing anyone can do to us. We are the homeless. We are the alcoholic or drug addict, we are the stupid and forgotten.

We never can get close to people because we only where a mask, though the mask gives you an easier avenue for your abusive nature, we are not liars, we all ready know you think it’s lies or excuses, demons, voodoo, or out to get you personally.

The mask comes off late night, and the hard part begins. I have to set up a new life, be hated be friends and loved ones, come up with another self employment resume cause no job will last, as we progress, the jobs last far less and no matter how hard we care and work, whatever happens will be accounted to us.

If we have to reveal a small portion of control loss, sleep disorder, doctor appointments, we suffer your abuse and labels, not star next to previous employers.

We can no longer get angry or frustrated for your stupidity, we have an inability to be incarcerated, so the alcohol, drugs, and assumptions of theft remains on your shoulders.

I am at a state where laughter is an every day event when my cures and should do’s have not changed in 40 yrs.

But where you live with your assumptions and have thrown us out of your workplaces and beds, taking our children and careers, we do not die easily, we will not forgive nor forget, we are far more important than retaliation, we have learned what you will do, say, and how you will act or omitting to act.

Our masks control your reception at the meetings tomorrow, our escape plans are in our back pockets, nothing you say or do is trusted nor assumed safe to tell you our life story, I am giving a new doctor in a new rural beach village a chance of brutal honesty because unlike most commoners, we can never give up.

Failure is never an option, there is nothing we cannot fix or make right if time and communications exist, very few have such the time nor love, we do.

We are not broken, we are not helpless, out lives are always in a future that we had from. But we here and there, I know you my brothers and sisters, please get off the drugs, deal with the pain, I cry with you every night, I’m there with you at breakfast and we prepare a fearless day, and I’m there when you can see how free we are, how our riches come to us.

If your young, don’t let the anger win, once you realize everything non-sufferers of adult add/adhd is always the same, use what they do to your advantage, I am starting my companies and will give you one to run if and fate may have, you have the assets to not only live with integrity, honesty, and share with others like us, be careful, they will find a way to cure you, watching TV, all night, take away lucid dreaming and sleepless nights with ideas that you know you can do but there day job ignores, I’ve been there, they will distort you so your pretty enough, drug you to be lethargic enough, and even give you part of their lives to lure you into their world, but if they know you they will never treat you right, be honest with you.

Or advance your incredible mind, most of us are not attention deficit, believe in your self, I stand alone, hid amongst corporate thieves and corrupt politicians, doctors oath only applies to insured, well I personally understand and will never love you any less, we are better.

To my kind, sincerely, conscious.”

Stephen Cadell

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