I began this blog on ADHD/ADD three months ago. It’s crazy to think that it’s been three months already, but there it is. And I have to say that I have learned a lot in these few months. I might not have been doing this for long, and it is true that I have only been researching this and learning about it for 3-4 months, but I have managed to learn a few things in this short period of time. Here are some of the things that I have learned.
First, and perhaps the most obvious, I have learned quite a few things about ADHD/ADD. I know it seems a bit odd as I was diagnosed at age 12 and have been living with this most of my life, but up until recently I didn’t really know a lot about it. I didn’t talk too much about ADHD/ADD. It wasn’t something I talked about much growing up. It wasn’t something that I really thought of looking into, as I thought that it was just about distractibility and such. So, I was pretty much in the dark about a lot of things about it. You could say that I was avoiding the subject, and you wouldn’t be wrong.
It’s only in recent years, when I saw a documentary on the subject that I learned a few more things, but still didn’t look much farther.
Then a few months ago, I knew I had to learn more about it. I should learn more about my ADHD/ADD, especially if I have to live with it. It could potentially help. And if I don’t do it for myself, then maybe learn about it to help my family. Either it has been helpful so far, as I have been able to gain more knowledge about ADHD/ADD and how it can affect people, like myself. In that way, it has helped. And I am just starting to learn. I do look forward to seeing what I learn in a year, two years, and how I can adapt and make things, like organization and planning, easier.
Secondly, I have been able to truly realize that I am not alone. Growing up, on the few occasions that ADHD/ADD was mentioned at home, my mom did mention to me that 1 in 10 kids do have it, and that there were probably others in my class who may have it. At the time, it did kind of help me in some ways, but at the time, I was too scared to talk about it to others. So, I never really knew. Because I didn’t talk to my peers about it, as far as I knew, I was the only one. For a long time, I was embarrassed to talk about it with others.
But now it’s different. Now that I have mentioned it to others, I have found others in my circle of friends and acquaintances who have it as well. I have also been able to connect with others outside this circle who have it as well. So, I find that it’s really reassuring and comforting to know others who have it and that I do know others with ADHD/ADD. It’s nice that I can now go to someone with ADHD and talk to them about it and know that they’ll be able to relate.
Not only is it nice to know others who have ADHD/ADD, but so many people, ADHD and not, have been supportive. So, that’s a good feeling.
This aspect is certainly nice. It’s not as lonely as it was.
And the third and last aspect is I have come to accept my ADHD. The more I have learned about it, and the more people I have met with ADHD, the more I have realized that it’s not always a negative thing to have. There are some good things about ADHD, and to try and focus on that. And, when it comes to the less than pleasant aspects, we’ll say, there are ways to turn them around, and see them as good things to have. It is also quite possible to manage these challenges that comes with having ADHD.
Yes, I do feel a lot more comfortable about having ADHD, and it’s a lot easier for me to talk about it. It’s certainly not as difficult as it used to be.
These are just some things that I have learned so far, in the short few months that I have been blogging about the topic. Sure, I do have a lot more to learn about ADHD, and how to manage mine. But I still have learned a few things and have enjoyed learning and writing about it. And I do look forward to learning more about it.
It has been a fun and interesting journey so far, and I do look forward to continuing this journey and seeing what is to come.
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