ADHD Adults: Do You Want a Change of Pace?

As an adult with attention deficit (ADD/ADHD), if you had the chance to slow down the pace of your life, what would you do? Would you travel, spend more time with your family -- or would you even want to slow down, given the choice?

Inspiration from ADDitude Readers hemera/thinkstock

ADDitude gave the prompt, "I'd love to slow down my life and..." Some readers with adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) answered that they'd slow down to spend more time with friends and family, traveling, and exercising -- and some said they wouldn't slow down at all!

"Plant a vegetable garden, home-school my children, take up a hobby, finish projects around the house, set spiritual goals. And that's just off the top of my head." -Adrienne, Florida

"Start an ADD/ADHD support group in my town, or find one that is already running and help with it." -Ana, North Carolina

"Why slow down? If I could 'change' my life, I would love to explore another country for a few years. I'd also love to 'flip' houses for a living. There's so much to do!" -An ADDitude Reader

"Work out more and take up hobbies. I had to fight to educate myself, get a job, and organize my home -- at the expense of my fitness and personal interests." -Dannel, Maryland

"Sail around the world to visit my kids and grandkids. Of course, that would depend on having not just unlimited time but unlimited money, too." -Cassie, Connecticut

"Go to heaven and ask God why my child had to have ADD/ADHD. At times, I am not strong enough to raise him." -An ADDitude Reader

"Start a psychotherapy practice specializing in ADD/ADHD and write a book on the topic." -Paula, Massachusetts

"Learn to play the piano, and make a five-year plan for my life." -Julie, Georgia

"Spend more quality time with my kids. I am self-employed, I work from home, and I have ADD/ADHD. Even though we are always together, we don't always connect in a loving way." -Dawn, Florida

"Pursue my dreams of becoming a recording artist and singing at the Grand Ole Opry!" -Deborah, Tennessee

"Sleep for a month to recharge from my daily grind. Then travel until I find a place where my personality quirks don't isolate me." -An ADDitude Reader

"Go on a cross-country camping trip with my family." -An ADDitude Reader

"I like living at high speed. I am making a bucket list of things I want to do, to focus my energy to achieve something positive. One item on the list is to make people more aware of ADD/ADHD." -Rachel, United Kingdom

"Open a school for teens with ADD/ADHD." -Lisa Joy, North Carolina

"Find time every day to forgive my kids and to forgive myself for overreacting to them." -Sarah, New Jersey

More on Embracing Adult ADD/ADHD Diagnosis

Adult ADD/ADHD: Challenge or Opportunity?
ADD/ADHD Families: What Would You Change?
The World Was Waiting for Me: Life After My ADD/ADHD Diagnosis

Where does the time go? Claim your free digital copy of the ADHD Time Assessment Chart to find out. Plus, receive e-mail updates with more tips for ADHD adults.

We never share e-mail addresses.

TAGS: Talking About ADD, Adult ADD: Late Diagnosis,


What do you think of this article? Share your comments on, ADDitude's community site. Check out the new ADHD Medication User Reviews and the ADHD Adults Support Group. Your fellow ADDers want to hear from you!

Copyright © 1998 - 2015 New Hope Media LLC. All rights reserved. Your use of this site is governed by our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
ADDitude does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The material on this web site is provided for educational purposes only. See additional information.
New Hope Media, 108 West 39th Street, Suite 805, New York, NY 10018