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16 Sayings for ADHDers to Live and Laugh By

Wise and funny words to help you reset and relax when you are overwhelmed.

by Stacey Turis

When They Do Not Get You

If family and friends don’t get your ADHD ways and are always asking, “Why in the world did you do that?”, don’t get angry, get some perspective:  

“Never waste your time trying to explain who you are to people who are committed to misunderstanding you.”

Appreciate Those ADHD Moments

Walking into a room and not remembering why you’re there, or forgetting how to spell a word and changing the whole sentence to avoid using it. And then there is:

“That moment when you are having a conversation in your head and you realize you are making faces that go along with the silent conversation.”

Choose Smiles

It’s better to laugh along with the chaotic moments instead of beating yourself up over them. Try these ADHD-isms on for size:

“I’m not crazy. I prefer the term mentally hilarious.”

“I just bought $200 worth of groceries…then I ordered in pizza because I didn't feel like cooking after the hassle of buying groceries.”

“Your secrets are safe with me, because there is a good chance I was not listening.” 

Rise Above

If neurotypical friends stop inviting you to parties and dinners because you don’t fit in, accept your differences instead of making yourself over:

“Some people will only love you as long as you fit in their box. Don’t be afraid to disappoint.”

When You Think You Can't Do It

It’s easy to get down on ourselves when the world reminds us about our flawed performances. Here’s a new way to look at things:

“I like flaws and am most comfortable around those who have them. I, myself, am made up entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.”  

You Want to Be Alone

Need some alone time after a long week of managing your job and your ADHD child? Don’t apologize. Recast your thinking:

“I’m not anti-social, I’m pro solitude.” 

When Tech Drives You Crazy

Do you have problems with that infernal calculator (computer, printer, modem, you name it)? Take comfort in the fact that you have company:  

“I don’t always clear my calculator, but when I do, I hit both ‘C’ and ‘CE’ a bunch of times because I don’t know what they do exactly.” —An Anonymous ADHDer

Love Your Stuff

Find it hard to keep your house chaos-free? Look beyond the clutter:  

“My house is not a mess. It’s just that everything is on display for your viewing pleasure. Just like a museum.”

Doubts Be Gone

Next time your creative brain offers up a great idea, and your Greek chorus pipes in, “You can’t do that,” write a letter:  

To: My Fears
From: Me
“I want you to know it’s over between us. We’ve had a crazy ride this year, but I’ve found someone new. I’m getting back together with Faith….We have big plans for 2014. I can’t let you hold me back any longer.” 

One Foot in Front of the Other

When things don’t work out despite your best efforts—doing all the laundry, say, but forgetting to put it in the dryer—keep walking:

“No matter how you feel…Get up. Dress up. Show up. And don’t give up.” 

Treasure the Weirdness

Don’t trash your beautiful weirdness—placing your smartphone in the fridge or trying to convince friends that Big Foot is real—relish it:  

“Be weird. Be random. Be who you are. Because you never know who would love the person you hide.”

Turn Regrets into Action

Ever sit back and wonder what your life might have been like if you had been diagnosed with ADHD sooner, rather than at age 32 or 47? Here’s a good response:

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”— George Eliot

Do Not Tolerate the Know-Nothings

Tired of having to answer silly questions from non-ADHDers who know zilch about attention deficit but don’t hesitate to ask them anyway? You have an option:

“Being able to respond with sarcasm within seconds of a stupid question is a sign of a healthy brain.”

Walk on the Wild Side

You take a day off from work one Monday to walk in the woods with your daughter, even though you know you’ll pay the price at the office the next day. Don’t fret, get a “doctor’s” note:

“The doctor said that I need to shirk all responsibilities and go have some fun. Also, I’m calling myself ‘the doctor’ now.” 

You Are Good Enough

You wish you could be like all those other people who cross everything off their to-do list every day. Maybe you will be some day, but until then, remember:

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

Appreciate Small Successes

ADHD experts are always telling us to break down tasks into small pieces. How about this for small?

“My New Year’s Resolution is to write ‘2014’ instead of ‘2013.’”

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