If you have ADHD then you will want to understand this.
You are special in your own way. Don’t listen to others about what they say about ADHD. Your diagnosis brings gifts.
If you are inattentive, (like me) then you have an amazing quality of thinking out of the box and being really creative! I daydream a lot of the time in class, but that does not bring me down when the teacher says PAY ATTENTION.
If you are hyperactive, then you have a lot of energy. This energy can lead you to be enthusiastic and really good at active things. Your energy and sense of humor can brighten up someone’s day!
If you are impulsive, then you do not think before you do or say things. You can have a very adventurous spirit and a tendency to try new things. This makes you less stubborn to try new things. People will like this quality.
Learn to love your ADHD just as I learned to love mine. It does not have to bring you down. I love my ADHD. It is the thing that makes me unique from others in a special way.
In our home, we refer to ADHD as Super Brain Power.
ADHD is simply a different ability, not a disability, an excuse, or even something negative. The ADHD mind is brilliant.
The associated symptoms are not bad behavior, disrespect, or a result of poor parenting. In fact, ADHD has taught my family the importance of never judging others. It has taught us patience, compassion, and tolerance.
It reminds us that we are each unique and beautifully made. It has shown us the power of resilience, beating the odds, and embracing who we really are. ADHD can be messy, it can be loud, it can be busy. At times you may want to cry, burst in frustration. You may feel alone and misunderstood, like no one knows just how you feel.
You are not alone. You are cared about and deeply admired for all that you over come. You are strong and capable. Your Super Brain Power will always be a part of you and your story. Be proud of who you are, for every quirk. Shine bright and stand tall!
I grew up before they knew what ADHD was… Didn’t get diagnosed until after I was married.
It’s all about getting thru the day.
I found a support group in NYC, became involved, and now help run it:
The Manhattan Adult ADD Support Group.
Growing up, none believed my mum when she got me tested for ADHD because in class I was quiet and a girl. However people seemed to overlook the fact that when there any noise, I wouldn’t work because there were too many distractions, or that once I was out the class I was like a bouncy ball.
I’ve tended to find that in situations and with people I’m more comfortable with, my hyperactivity is more noticeable because I know they don’t judge me, whereas in class I’m focusing on not being hyper rather than on my actual work.
Teachers always liked me because I was bubbly, but many wouldn’t believe I had ADHD because I wasn’t the stereotypical boy who was always in trouble.
I was the girl who just needed a bit of extra help and everything explained a lot more times than my usual peers did. Even the head of SEN at my school didn’t believe I had ADHD, so when I was diagnosed with ADHD and my results came back that I was 97% more hyperactive than my peers, it showed that I had just learned to control it.
When I was diagnosed with ADHD, it was nerve racking, but a good way to explain my focus and time management skills.
It was the end of fourth grade when I received the diagnosis, but I was very insecure about it. I told one of my good friends about it, but she ended up telling the whole class. People treated me as a nobody and thought I was weird because of my brain difference.
After my 5th grade graduation, I decided to make a change in my habits, so I started 6th grade with a fresh start.
I started to think of ways to help myself focus better and become more organised with my work.
Researching about my ADHD helped me learn what caused me to do the things I did. I became more educated and hoped to make a difference in people’s views about ADHD.
At the end of 6th grade, I achieved all A’s in school and learned how to focus. I want to spread this message to all of the ADHD’ers out in this world that you have some amazing gifts to offer. Do not let anything bring you down.
ADHD has been a challenge all my life.
Finding ways to cope with it has been fun. At work I have so many distractions around me.
However, using a noise canceling headset and jamming to the oldies but goodies has been ideal. Not only do it help me disregard distractions I also get to groove in at my desk as my co workers pass.
The beat to the music also gets me in a zone to work faster than usual. You would never know that I have it if I didn’t tell you.
ADHD won’t control me!
It was not until junior year of college that I got diagnosed with ADHD. Medications after medications, one cognitive therapy after another, I uninhibitedly searched for explanations. I needed some closure for why I couldn’t help being late to everything no matter how hard I tried.
I often wish I had gotten diagnosed earlier, so my life wouldn’t have been so difficult. I hated my ADHD. I blamed it for my setback in high school, for everything that went wrong. But in hindsight, my messy brain that wants to do everything all at the same time is the reason why I’m where I am today. More than 3000 miles away from home for 5 years now, I have been pushing through alone. I accepted how passionate my ADHD makes me about things that interest me.
I began writing, painting and now I will be starting a Masters after finishing undergrad. Once I accepted that ADHD is a part of me and that there are great sides to it, I stopped fearing myself and there was light at the end of the tunnel.
I always struggled in school, just getting by in school as a child and as a teen. I never understood why. I just thought I didn’t have it in me.
Even as I started working as an adult, job after job. Not being able to grasp anything further than what is needed to do the job.
Now life is better after learning I have ADHD. Probably have had it all my life. Now at 34, I’ve been on meds 3 yrs. now.
Within those yrs. I received a promotion at work, more control over my life and I am able to help my children better with their needs. If my mom would have realized it back then, I could have been confident in school and have done better.
However I’m happy I know now so I can treat it and continue to Keep Growing.
At age 41, I have been diagnosed with adult ADHD and it has literally changed my life.
For so long, particularly since a motor vehicle accident a decade ago (I bumped my head), I haven’t been able to get any control over my mood swings, attention, concentration and memory loss. I pushed as hard as I could to hold onto my employment, until it was too hard … I was worn out. “PTSD”, “depression” I was told, and a slew of SSRIs followed. It felt like things were getting worse instead of better. How could this be?
Finally, I built up the strength to change Drs, and start afresh.
“What if it was something?” … I asked myself. Truth is I’d never considered ADHD. That’s not me, I said to myself.
After seeing scans of my brain & learning what ADHD actually is, FINALLY everything made sense. Three months into a new treatment program, I’m a new me. The right meds, the right help.
Everyday I am learning how my ADHD makes me who I am, and better yet, how it makes my life better. I love my ADHD.
I am going to share my heart in hopes that I can make a difference to someone who is struggling or has struggled with a disability that is not visible to the eye but never-the-less very real.
Growing up with a healthy self-esteem was very difficult when words such as hyper and clumsy were used to describe me.
I learned to love myself because God loved me first!
I was a good student, graduating in the top 10% of my high school class. Since focus was a challenge, I had to work harder to succeed.
I learned to use outlines and take notes to identify similarities and differences and to increase recall and understanding.
ADHD was exhausting!
At work, I have often been described as very organized. What people don’t know is how difficult it was to get there.
I learned to set goals, make lists and stay structured.