• ADHD/ADD

    Just Being Me

    For a long time, I tried to be “normal”, pretending that I don’t have ADHD/ADD, and even at times setting standards that were a little too high for me. Like many, I just wanted to be like everyone else. I think this is something that many of us feel at one point or another. And yes, I also compared myself to others. However, recently, I’ve come to realize something. Okay, maybe a few things. Everyone struggles with something, even those who may seem “normal” to me. We don’t always see the struggles that others experience and go through. Struggles are a part of life. Something that everyone goes through. Struggles…

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    It’s different for everyone

    I’ve learned a lot since I started this blog and reading/researching ADHD/ADD. There was a lot I didn’t realize about ADHD/ADD. One thing that I’ve learned is that, despite having standard symptoms, ADHD/ADD affects everyone differently. How my ADHD/ADD affects me is different from how it affects someone else with ADHD/ADD. Yes, we both ADHD/ADD, but our experiences with it and how it affects will differ. There are so many people in the world that have ADHD/ADD. We are aware how ADHD/ADD affects people, know the symptoms, and such. However, it’s not a one size fits all kinds of deal. Just because many suffer from ADHD/ADD, it doesn’t mean that…

  • ADHD/ADD,  Emotional Health

    ADHD, shame, and strategies to overcome it

    In my last post, I discussed how ADHDers’ experience with shame, and I felt shame recently, even though there wasn’t any real reason for me to feel this way. This lead me to wanting to know more about ADHD-related shame and find ways to overcome it, when I do experience, which leads me to this post. First of all, what is shame? It’s when you feel like you’re flawed or inadequate. You have feelings of embarrassment and humiliation. You don’t feel like you belong or aren’t good enough, because of things you’ve done or not done, past experiences, and such. People with ADHD struggle on a daily basis with getting…

  • ADHD/ADD

    A moment of shame

    Shame is something that many of us have felt at one point or another. It’s an emotion, and as humans, we’re pretty much all programmed to have emotions and feel them. It all starts from the moment we’re born and pretty much goes on until we die. As individuals with ADHD/ADD, we feel shame too. We know all too well what it is. Since our brain is wired differently, we struggle with so much, such as being late for work or picking up the kids or to an appointment, losing/misplacing keys/phones/wallets, handing in assignments late, struggling to complete a task or project, and the list just goes on. None of…

  • ADHD/ADD

    ADHD Awareness month

    We now find ourselves in October. A month where kids (and some adults including myself) celebrate Halloween. A month where Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving. However, there’s something else that takes place in October. It’s also known as ADHD Awareness month. It is a time to learn more about ADHD, what it is, positive and negative aspects, etc. ADHD can affects so many people and in different ways. It affects the individuals with ADHD, their lives, their family and friends. It is more than just being fidgety and having a difficult time paying attention. These are just the two most obvious symptoms, and the two most obvious ways that ADHD affects our…

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    More than just attention issues

    So, my last few posts haven’t been ADHD related, and now may a good time to write about it. Something that maybe not all people with neurotypical brains understand about ADHD is that having ADHD is more than just attention issues. Or even being hyperactive. There’s quite a bit more to it that that. Sure, they may be the slightly more obvious or well-known aspects of ADHD. However, having ADHD affects so much more. As ADHDers, we struggle with a lot more than just attention issues and hyperactivity, which are only two components of it. ADHDers can be impulsive (whether it’s purchases or interrupting someone), will often misplace or lose…

  • ADHD/ADD

    Different way of learning

    It can be easy to see ADHD or any learning disability as just that. As a disability. As something that can make it a challenge to learn, or do things, or read, or whatever else related to it. As something that is bad, or negative, or something that isn’t good. And yes, to some extent, it does make things challenging. Some days, ADHD can make things more difficult and challenging than others. There are times when it seems and feels like ADHD isn’t the best thing. And I’m sure it may be similar with those with learning disabilities. However, I don’t see it as merely a disability. Or a negative…

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    Too many distractions

    Anyone can get distracted sometimes. Many would say that this is normal, and that most, if not everyone, can get distracted by one thing or another. I’m sure we can agree on this. However, if you’re someone with ADHD, it’s a whole different ball game. When you have ADHD, getting distracted happens all the time, everyday. No matter where you are, what you’re doing, there is a good chance you might get distracted by one thing or another. You could be having an interesting conversation with someone, when a branch moving outside may grab our attention and distract us from the conversation. We could be at the office, focused on…

  • ADHD/ADD

    More than just …

    When people think of ADHD, I’m sure many may think of hyperactivity, or impulsivity, or inattention, or maybe a little bit of each. This does make sense as these are some of the key descriptors of ADHD. These are the most obvious ones. However, there is more to ADHD than just being impulsive, or hyperactive, or inattentive. There is quite a bit more. There is so much more to it that many people don’t see, as most of it happens within the individual who has ADHD. For the most part, to say the least. ADHD affects how we may handle our emotions, how we handle situations, how we’re able to…

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    I am more than just someone with ADHD

    Growing up, my ADHD wasn’t much discussed. I remember having very few discussions with my parents about it. Even now, I don’t talk much about it other than occasionally with my husband and through this blog. I am 32, was diagnosed 20 years ago, and I’ve never addressed it much. Never really asked my parents questions about it, or anything like that. My way of dealing with it for the most part has just been avoiding it. And I know it’s not the healthiest way of dealing with it, or accepting it. I didn’t want to be labeled as someone with ADHD, and I just wanted to be like everyone…