23 Important Reminders For Anyone Who Has ADHD News


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“You have the right to deal with your disorder
however you want.”

Nobody understands ADD or ADHD better than
people who live with the disorder.

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So here are some great reminders and words of
wisdom
from members of the BuzzFeed
Community living with ADD or ADHD.

Quick note:
ADD/ADHD is a neurological disorder
characterized by difficulty sustaining
attention, lack of self-control, and impaired
working memory. It’s now more often classified
in medical literature as attention
deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but lots
of people (including some doctors) still refer
to it as ADD. For the purpose of clarity and
conciseness, we will refer to the disorder as
ADHD in this article.

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1. You
should never be ashamed of your diagnosis.

You should never be ashamed of your diagnosis.

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“ADHD affects almost all aspects of life, and
it is exhausting sometimes. It creates
self-esteem issues and it is difficult to
overcome. BUT I am not ashamed to have ADHD. I
am proud of my creative, crazy, disorganized,
loving, emotional brain, and I am willing to
fight to be the best I can be despite
struggling with this disorder. ADHD is a part
of me, but it is not the entirety of who I am.”

—Libbia

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2. It
doesn’t mean there is something “wrong” with
you.

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“I wish people would understand that it’s not
an excuse, it’s not made up, and there’s
nothing wrong with having it!”

—domoniquev3

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3. Your
brain is literally wired differently.

Your brain is literally wired differently.

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“People don’t understand that ADD is the result
of a chemical imbalance in the brain. My brain
doesn’t function the same way that most other
people’s minds function.”

—mags3553

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4. People
with ADHD are just as intelligent as anyone
else.

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“For those with ADHD, just like everyone else,
we are capable, creative, intelligent, and
passionate.”

—kileymaries

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6.
Structure and routine can help, a lot.

 

“If I don’t have my structure in my schedule,
I feel lost. I won’t do anything I need to
do.”

—meganc40d55c66c

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7. It
is possible to find a job where you can
thrive.

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“It may take time, but you CAN find your
footing at work. I have a job (IT/ software)
for which my ability to quickly switch tasks
yet still see the big picture is a huge asset.”

—Shana Sessler

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8. We
aren’t unambitious — we just have so many
aspirations that it’s hard to achieve any one
of them.

We aren't unambitious — we just have so many aspirations that it's hard to achieve any one of them.

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“I’m not unambitious. I just have so many
aspirations and so many thoughts on how to
achieve them that it becomes too overwhelming.”

—katelyng444ede208

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9. The
right learning tools can really help you
accomplish what you need to.

The right learning tools can really help you accomplish what you need to.

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“I was always confused because I couldn’t stick
with things I cared about. It made me anxious
and depressed, like I had no passion. When I
was diagnosed with adult ADD and started using
learning tools, seeing someone, and went on
medication, I was finally able to access and
work towards what I was interested in.”

—kellyw4fb86c4c2

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11.
Sometimes, having ADHD can feel like a
superpower.

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“I’ve never seen my ADHD as a disorder.
Instead, I have viewed it as an enhancement. We
are really smart and creative. We put our
hearts and souls into our works because our
work is an avenue for us to release and escape
our anxious thoughts and feelings. We talk A
LOT because we have so much to express and we
want to share it with others. Some of the most
talented and successful people in the world are
diagnosed with ADHD.”

—eryngreenstacks

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12. It
can make you great at certain things, like
creative problem-solving.

It can make you great at certain things, like creative problem-solving.

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“I wish people knew it’s not all bad and that
even without medication, there are benefits to
it. In any job I’ve had, I’ve excelled at
problem solving. Because I’m distracted by
everything, I tend to notice everything; it
allows me to think outside the box. And any
kind of crisis or high stress environment? I
thrive in it.”

—Mich Elle, via gmail

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14. We
often make the best travel and adventure
buddies.

We often make the best travel and adventure buddies.

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“People with ADD/ADHD make great adventure
buddies because we are always down to explore.”

—marisaa4ed676004

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15.
Getting diagnosed as an adult doesn’t make your
ADHD any less real or significant.

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“ADHD is not a childhood disorder. Lots of
children with ADHD become adults with ADHD.
Some aren’t even diagnosed until adulthood.”

—josephs4a7764c48

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16. Not
everyone with ADHD chooses to take medication,
and that’s totally okay.

Not everyone with ADHD chooses to take medication, and that's totally okay.

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“Not all of us choose to take medication. It’s
not a magic cure, and it can have side effects
that are worse than symptoms of ADD. I stick to
a routine, and can usually find at least some
semblance of order in the chaos.”

—batthecrumbler

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17. And
whether or not you decide to medicate is nobody
else’s business.

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“People think that they can tell me whether or
not I should medicate. I have had a lot of
troubles with side effects from my ADD meds.
Because of this, I choose not to medicate
anymore. I hate it when people suggest that as
a solution when it’s none of their business.”

—averyp4f1565105

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19. ADHD
symptoms vary, so it will look different in
every individual.

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“I wish people would be more aware that
ADD/ADHD is not gender specific and that it
presents in so many different ways, many of
them subtle and well hidden.”

—missamralise

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20. And
understanding how the disorder impacts you
individually can be crucial to finding the
right treatment.

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“ADHD looks very different in everyone. Know
how your symptoms present themselves and
educate yourself about coping strategies
accordingly! Individualized help makes a world
of difference.”

—kathryne4e915fff2

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21. It
might take us a little longer to get stuff
done, but that doesn’t mean we’re any less
capable.

It might take us a little longer to get stuff done, but that doesn't mean we're any less capable.

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“Please know people with ADHD are just as
capable, but it might take them a little longer
to complete things or get organized because
they have to work twice as hard to get even the
simplest tasks done.”

—haleyj4

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22. What
you have is very real, but it doesn’t define
you.

What you have is very real, but it doesn't define you.

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“Understand that what we have is real. But we
aren’t broken.”

—erinh44afdfa4e

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23. Be an
advocate for yourself, and don’t give up.

Be an advocate for yourself, and don't give up.

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“Lastly, don’t give up hope. Know how your
ADHD/ADD effects you and things you can do to
help you be successful. Be an advocate for
yourself and educate people on what ADHD/ADD
really is. You have a voice just like everyone
else on this earth.”

—meghanl4e6b9e4ee

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