Recently, I’ve heard someone say that “If you met one person with ADHD/ADD, then you’ve met one person with ADHD/ADD.”
Hearing this got me thinking. I was diagnosed at age 12, and hadn’t thought of it like that. But now that I’ve had the chance to learn about ADHD/ADD and talk to others with ADHD/ADD a little, I do have to agree with this saying. There is a lot of truth to this, and I definitely do have to agree with this saying.
I think that there are a few reasons for this saying to be a good saying. And here are some of the reasons, in my opinion.
First of, there is the fact that there are three subtypes of ADHD: the inattentive type; the hyperactive type; and also the combined type. Depending on what type we fall into, our symptoms will differ. I have the inattentive type. So my symptoms might be different from someone who has the hyperactive type, for instance.
Then, there’s also the fact that each person is different. Although some might fall into the same type of ADHD/ADD, it doesn’t mean that we are all the same. Our symptoms may differ. Part of our personalities may or may not fit with ADHD 100%. We may not fit the ADHD mood 100%.
For instance, one issue for ADHDers/ADDers is being on time. So many struggle with being late for an appointment or work or something like that. However, we’re not all like that. I’m the type of person, who is on time for the most part. I’m not saying that I’m never late and I’m not saying that those who are late enjoy being late, but I’m just saying that not all ADHDers/ADDers have the habit of being late for an appointment or something.
So, these are just some reasons why I think we’re all different. We may all have ADHD/ADD, but that doesn’t it’s a one size fits all. We have different personalities and our ADHD/ADD symptoms are different. They’ll differ from one person to another.
So, when someone says “if you meet one person with ADHD/ADD, you’ve met one person with ADHD/ADD”, this is why, in my opinion. We’re just all different.
So, just because we have ADHD, it doesn’t mean that we’re hyperactive or late for appointments or something. We’re all different.