No, I Don't Need to 'Just Try Harder'

One of the most frustrating aspects of ADHD is not a symptom or side effect, but the judgment we endure everyday from people who question whether ADHD is real. Next time someone tells you to "just focus" or "try harder," respond with one of these pointed comebacks.

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adult adhd woman at work

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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