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What Does It Feel Like to Have ADHD?
Overwhelming. Frustrating. And sometimes paralyzing. We asked our readers what it's like to have ADHD. 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 attention deficit feels like. Their experience: frustrating, overwhelming, and sometimes paralyzing. Can you relate to any of their descriptions?
"To me, ADHD feels like I'm running on a hamster wheel, nonstop at full speed."
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, sometimes
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
“ADHD is like
a browser with 600 tabs open, each to a different website.”
“ADHD is like having
your thoughts whirled around in a blender.”
All and Nothing
“ADHD feels like
I want to do everything and nothing at all -- at the same time, all of the time!”
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