42 Struggles Only People With ADHD Will Understand

While some individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may find it difficult focusing at all, others are super focused on the task at hand and cannot just let it go until it is completely done. People with ADHD often share certain positive features than the average person such as being more creative, greater problem solving ability, sense of humor, notorious resilience and adaptability as well as enhanced intuition. But despite these, that have some challenges that they face…
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1. Nothing on earth is interesting enough to keep your attention over the sound of loud shoes click clacking against the floor.

2. You know the easiest way to clean a room is to throw everything away.

3. As soon as you let me know you got adult ADHD, you get to hear a half-hour tale on how they also have someone with ADHD but are not diagnosed and how they do all the same things and they totally relate.

4. Whenever anyone tells you that, you just lack discipline.

5. You get highway hypnosis from reading long books.

6. When you have to work in any open space that is not the quietest, emptiest, most boring library ever.

7. The one time you found your purse in the fridge.

8. Every time, there is something that keeps getting you… missing the little details.

9. You keep 23 windows open on your computer.

10. Everything gets started but nothing is usually done.

11. Keeping track of a conversation with Venn diagrams, because you are not only two sentences in and tour brain is already flooded.

12. You spend a lot of time wondering when the time will be right to get to the bathroom again, just so you just get that opportunity to move about.
13. You wake up at 7 a.m., but you are not really awake until three hours later, when the stimulant medication and maybe some ill-advised caffeine kick in.

14. Everything is a distraction. Especially flashing lights on computers, phones, monitors and screens.

15. It is super easy to procrastinate in the face of anything.

16. You are inclined to be disinterested in things you were very interested in seconds ago.

17. Have a short-term memory that is the stuff of comedy legend.

18. An explicable urge to ride your bike around the neighborhood. At midnight.

19. When you get text message and you fail to immediately reply, it is never going to be answered anymore.

20. The best pet for you is one that reminds you when it needs to be fed.

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21. Reading is impossible in most circumstances.

22. The feeling that you might explode if you don’t let the words come out of your mouth.

23. People find it difficult to believe you when you tell them you have ADHD.

24. You have to rewash your last load of laundry because you forgot it was in the washer.

25. You walk into the room and do all other things other than what you actually went there to do; only realizing this long after.

26. Obsessive adherence to a system, and the extremes you will go to keep anyone from missing with it. Until you get bored and just don’t care anymore.

27. You feel the same way about flashing Gchat alerts as cats do about laser pointers.

28. The amount of time that passes between an idea popping into your head and your need to act on that impulse is about the width of a hair.

29. Adult ADHD has nothing to do with a ‘lack of organization. It is also got nothing to do with interest.

30. When people ask you if you are faking it just to get the Adderall prescription. Or more terribly, when someone request to have or buy your pills.

31. You lose thing so soften, like things you were holding just moments ago.

32. Spending so much time looking around at everything that catches your attention that you begin to look paranoid.

33. You multitask and cannot find focus when you don’t take your medication. Yet, when you take the medication, you can only focus but cannot multitask.

34. The only super reason you suck at the piano is because you’re dedicated to the trombone first. But before that comes the ukulele.

35. It is impossible to plan to do things. Even if you are doing nothing else you still won’t sit down and do what you intended to do.

36. The occasional realization that grownups actually do iron their clothes, but that has absolutely no effect on whether you do.

37. People are constantly insisting that what you have is not real, and that everyone in your generation battles with it.

38. Loving to impulsively commit to stuff you’re excited about before you’ve thought it through.

39. Cleaning out your wallet and finding receipts form 1993… the last time you cleaned out your wallet.

40. You are flaky and confused, but you invest so much time so that nobody will find out.

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41. The adult ADHD drugs have side effects including bleeding, pissing your pants, weight gain and even suicidal thoughts.

42. Taking 45 minutes to pick out a pair of black socks at the store because OMG all of the socks.

 

6 Signs You Might Be Struggling With ADHD

We’ve all felt distracted before, and many of us have even joked about having ADD when we can’t study or don’t want to be at work. But for some people, having trouble focusing and feeling restless are very real parts of their life that may mean they are struggling with ADHD.

Attention-deficit disorder (ADD) is now referred to as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), which is published by the American Psychiatric Association. This fifth edition update came out in 2013, and added some things to the long list of ADHD symptoms — namely, how the disorder can affect adults.

Since the disorder begins in childhood, that’s what people most often associate it with. We hear “ADHD” and immediately think of the loud, energetic kid in elementary school who is totally out of control. But studies have shown that symptoms can persist into adulthood, according to DMS-5.org, and it rarely plays itself out in such a stereotypical way. In fact, many adults have ADHD and don’t even know it.

ADHD can be split into two sections: hyperactive-impulsive symptoms, and inattention symptoms. Often times people only experience one or the other, which makes the disorder a pretty tricky thing to diagnose.

Both types of symptoms are included in the list below. If these symptoms seem to perfectly describe you, and they are really causing problems in your life, then speak with a doctor for a diagnosis and treatment options.

1. You’re Having Trouble Focusing Or Concentrating

This is the most recognizable ADHD trait. Like I said, everyone feels distracted at times. But this is a lack of focus that makes your mind feel like it’s somewhere else. It can make listening to a lecture, or a meeting at work, incredibly difficult. And this may, in turn, start to cause problems at work, according to WebMD. It can also affect your relationships, since people definitely notice when you zone out while they’re talking to you.

2. You Feel Restless All The Time

If you were a hyperactive kid, then you may feel an “inner restlessness” now that you’re an adult, according to Stephanie Sarkis, PhD, for Psychology Today. Of course you’re mature enough to sit through a meeting at work, but you sure don’t want to. While you’re trying your darnedest to pay attention, you may find yourself fidgeting in your chair, or tapping your foot.

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3. You Have Angry Outbursts

ADHD can lead to problems with self control, according to WebMD. So you might get mad really easily, or have trouble controlling your temper. It can leave you feeling like a crazy person. Because who snaps and throws their phone across the room when spellcheck gets a word wrong? Well, maybe someone with ADHD.

4. You Get Frustrated Way Too Easily

Most people feel frustrated when something goes wrong, or they can’t figure something out, but this may cause someone with ADHD to have a complete meltdown. Even small frustrations can feel intolerable and bring about horrible mood swings, according to Healthline.com. So no, you aren’t dumb or incapable. But you may have ADHD.

5. You Always Feel Disorganized

Lots of people are forgetful. But if you’re constantly late for work, missing deadlines, and scrambling to prioritize your schedule, then you may be suffering from ADHD, according to Healthline.com. If you’re dealing with this symptom, it can make work can feel like it’s one hundred times more difficult for you than it is for anyone else. It can make you feel like you’re under qualified for your job, when that’s not the case.

6. You’re Impulsive

Impulsivity can show up in a lot of different ways, according to Healthline.com. You may interrupt people during a conversation, say rude or inappropriate things in public, rush through your tasks, or do things without really thinking about the consequences. These symptoms may be pointed out by your family or SO who think you’re being a jerk, even when you don’t mean to be. Because you don’t mean to be rude, it can leave you feeling kind of bewildered as to why they are mad.

ADHD can cause a lot of problems for the person suffering from it, so don’t suffer alone. If you think you have ADHD, then go talk to a doctor for ways to help your symptoms.

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