By Rick Green
I used to suffer from ADHD.
Because I didn’t know that’s what it was.
Hard to win a wrestling match against an invisible opponent, if you don’t even realize you are in a wrestling match.
So I just suffered. Mostly in silence. Cause people got tired of hearing my problems, my excuses, my apologies…
You’ve always known you were different. Even in childhood. Ah, but why? Why does life seem so challenging? Maybe you’re just a dreamer, or restless, or impulsive? Maybe you’re creative or sensitive? What about the possibility of ADD/ADHD? Dare we mention that an estimated 5 out of 6 adults who qualify as ADD/ADHD have not been diagnosed? Deep down, they may suspect, “I might have a touch of that”, because they are struggling with one or more of Attention, Focus, Organizing, Prioritizing, Restlessness, Emotionality, Sensitivity, Distractibility, Procrastination, and Impulsivity…
“My whole family is like this…” Ah, let me tell you about the strong genetic component. It’s highly heritable. “What? Oh…”
BY LAURA MACNIVEN
Let’s start by saying that it can be really exhausting living with ADHD: for you and for your partner. When we depend on our executive functions to manage our jam-packed lives, we can quickly feel de-railed and impatient. The words frustration and overwhelm come to mind. So, none of these suggestions are easy. Just holding it together is often all you can handle, but here are a few things to keep in mind…
Alarm bells were ringing, “I have a mental illness?” No, I have a mindset that is different from most people, and I’ve always had it.