Now, this is a question that I have been asked a couple of times. “What is it like to have ADHD/ADD?” I’m sure I’m not the only person with ADHD/ADD who’s been asked this question. I’m sure that other people will probably ask us this question again. It’s probably not the last time we will hear this question. I can understand that some people are curious and would like to know and try to understand. And that’s absolutely fine with me.
Honestly, though, I’m not always sure how to best answer this question. It can be difficult to explain to someone what it is and what it’s like to have ADHD/ADD. It’s not always the easiest thing to do. It’s not the easiest thing to explain.
However, there are some ways that we can explain. I’m sure that other ADHDers/ADDers, like myself, have found ways to explain it. So, here are two examples for me.
Here’s the first.
Imagine you’re in a room with 25+ TVs. But all TVs are showing something different. No TV is showing the same show or the same thing. And everything that is being shown is important. It can difficult to focus on one thing when there are so many things to look at and focus on.
Here is another:
I’m sure many of you know when a hamster starts running in it’s wheel. It runs and runs and runs. Our thought process can be like that. It is just as fast. As soon as a thought enters our mind, it just leaves. Just as quickly as a hamster on its wheel. Our brain just never stops.
So, these are some ways I can describe what it’s like to have ADHD/ADD. I know that there are loads of other ways of doing it. But these are just two examples.
Some may ask, “Well, isn’t this normal for everyone?” Or even ask, “Aren’t we all a little ADHD/ADD?”
Well, this is normal if you have ADHD/ADD. It’s not ‘normal’ for everyone. And no, we’re not all a little ADHD/ADD.
There is so much more to ADHD/ADD than just this. These are just two examples of ways to explain it. These are just some ways to explain some of the things that goes on inside of us ALL THE TIME. Every day, every hour, every minute, every sec. Whether it’s at work, or at home, or at school. It’s with us wherever we go and all the time. It’s not something that we can just shut off. We can try to find ways to manage these things, but it’s still something that we do have deal with.
There’s a lot to having ADHD/ADD. It’s not something that is simple. It’s challenging to find a way to explain what it’s like to have ADHD/ADD. It’s easy to find the right way of explaining what it’s like and answering this question. I haven’t quite found the perfect or ideal answer.
I guess one reason for this probably is that there are so many things involved with ADHD/ADD, and it does affect each ADHDer/ADDer differently. So, it’s really not the same for everyone.
So, at the end of the day, there won’t be one unifying way of explaining what it’s like to have ADHD/ADD. There won’t really be one simple explanation. We each have our own experiences and thoughts about it.
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