Tired of Hearing 'You Just Need to Try Harder'? Adult ADHD Comebacks

Adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) share what they say to those who tell them to "just try harder."


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How many times has a friend, loved one, or coworker seen you struggling as a parent, with your relationships, or at work, and told you it'll get easier if you "just try harder"? Here, adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) who've had enough share their comebacks to these painful three words.

The Sarcastic Reply

"You’re right. I've always been a slacker and a bit of a masochist. So whenever you see me pulling my 'lazy bit,' you should clean up my desk in a way that suits you. And when I find myself getting behind and start to panic, you should take over. You’re so good at fixing things, and I know I can count on you to do a fantastic job!" -Lemelia, North Carolina


This article comes from the Winter 2010 issue of ADDitude. To read this issue of ADDitude in full, buy the back issue.


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