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What Does It Feel Like to Have ADD?
Overwhelming. Frustrating. And sometimes paralyzing. We asked our readers what it's like to have one of the 7 types of ADD. Our readers told us the unvarnished truth.
by the readers and editors of ADDitude
The Adventurous Journey Called ADHD
We asked men and women for honest words about what living with the 7 types of ADD
like. Their experience: frustrating, overwhelming, and sometimes paralyzing. Can you relate to any of their descriptions?
feels like someone put your brains in a Yahtzee cup, shook it like dice, and then scattered
it all over
the floor. You spend the whole day trying to get your brain together again."
"When you have ADHD, it feels like you have to trudge
through a layer of molasses."
"For me, ADHD is like having a non-stop
conversation with myself."
“Having ADHD is
like walking around all day with a computer glitch
in the brain.”
“Have you ever watched a PowerPoint presentation that seems to go on forever? That's what ADHD
is like for me.”
Back to the Future
“ADHD is like
living five minutes in the future. When I hyperfocus
the world doesn't exist. Nothing
exists, not even time.”
“For me, ADHD
is like having your car radio set to 'scan' all
the stations. You hear clips of music and, before you can get into one particular song, it changes to the next station."
Day By Day
“When you have ADHD
you feel misunderstood, undervalued, and on edge. Other times you feel brilliant,
confident, and on top of the world. It really all depends on the day.”
Too Many Tabs
a browser with 600 tabs open, each to a different website.”
is like having
your thoughts whirled around in a blender.”
All and Nothing
I want to do everything and nothing at all -- at the same time, all of the time!”
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