ADHD

What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder is a chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. ADHD often begins in childhood and can persist into adulthood. It may contribute to low self-esteem, troubled relationships, and difficulty at school or work. 

Some common symptoms include:

Symptoms include limited attention and hyperactivity. You can see a full list of symptoms and diagnosis criteria here.

What are some ways that this affects your day to day life?

I talk ALOT, I do tasks more slowly than others, I have many bouts of hyper-focus but I have a thriving creative mind. - Sharriek

I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was quite young, and was put on medication right away. Now that I'm 15 I struggle to function without having taken my meds because I was never taught how to cope with it. - Jade

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Disturbed sleep, Messy energy levels, Unable to focus often, Forgetful, Moody, Procrastination, If I can't do something properly I don't want to do it at all. - M

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What area of life do you think this comes into play the most?

Doing tasks and completing them in a timely manner especially at work or school. - Sharriek​

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Just functioning in general - M

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What are some things you wish other people knew about this diagnosis?

Fidgeting comes in many forms and is not the same as being distracted. I can fidget with something and still be paying full attention and often Fidgeting will make my attention span better. - Sharriek​

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It's not just not being able to pay attention/focus and being hyper. It's a terrible condition that affects so much of the sufferer's life. I have trouble doing anything in my life because of it, I can never do the things I want to because I lack the motivation. I tend to act or talk without thinking and this can destroy relationships. I forget everything. - Jade

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What are some ways people can help someone else with this diagnosis? 

Do not discount slow progress with lack of performance or laziness. Do not overextend pressure or urgency to accomplish a task faster. Be more clear especially with tasks that have many parts. - Sharriek​

I wish people would understand how difficult it can be, and that things such as planners and calendars don't help. Just because someone doesn't "act ADHD" doesn't mean they don't have it. Medication and masking exist, and some people have a far worse case than others. - Jade

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Ask! Ask how the individual with the diagnosis learns best. Don't get angry when the person can't focus. - M​

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What advice would you give to someone else who is just discovering this in their life or was just diagnosed themselves?

If you are just beginning this process understand that getting assistance doesn't mean you are no longer in control. Cars need gas to run, snails need to shed their skin - it doesn't change who they are to have what allows them to do their thing. - Sharriek​

Ignore the people who tell you that you're just using it as an excuse. ADHD is more than just "having crackhead energy" and it's not just being lazy. - Jade

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There is nothing wrong with asking for help. You are not unintelligent for asking questions. If someone treats you like it is a problem, you probably need to surround yourself with kinder people. - M​

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What are some things you wish workplaces or schools would do to better accommodate those with this diagnosis? 

Workplace - give specific information and instructions about a task but ultimately let the employee do the task their way. Provide clarity on tedious tasks with many small details. PATIENCE. - Sharriek

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