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ADHD Awareness Month 2020: Welcome to the [R]evolution!

ADHD is not actually about hyperactivity, spaciness, or even distractibility. ADHD is, at its core, about self-regulation — and how our brains work to control attention, emotions, impulses, and much more. It is neurological and it is highly impacted by trauma, comorbidities, and multi-modal treatment.

A generation ago, we didn’t know all of this. Our understanding of ADHD has expanded incredibly, and this ADHD Awareness Month we celebrate and share that learning.

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Sweepstakes Deadline

Saturday, October 31, 2020, at 11:59 pm EST.

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11 Comments & Reviews

  1. “ADD is a child’s problem. You should have grown out of these problems and behaviors”
    And yet…
    Here I am, 47 years old, starting my first medication. The first time a doctor believed me that something wasn’t right. I can’t function. I can think and still the negative self talk, guilt, anger and frustration run in a constant dialog in my mind.
    It’s always too loud. Especially, when people think I can’t hear them and call me “squirrel”
    My jeep rolled and hit a man because I forgot to use the emergency brake.
    I am reading 5 different books, knitting 2 hats, a scarf and a sweater as the mood strikes
    The abundant abyss of clutter around me is reminiscent of the Silverstein poem — “Sarah Silvia Cynthia Stout would not take the garbage out”
    C.H.A.O.S. – Can’t Have Anyone Over Shame

    Can you repeat that?
    You never told me that!
    Where are my keys, phone, coffee, etc?
    “Please wait your turn” Aaaaah!
    Is it getting hot in here or am I just raging mad?
    Whatever…let’s go skydiving.
    Please,just make it stop.

  2. For me, my revolution happened only about 2 years ago. I lived the first 49 years of my life without the realization and diagnosis of ADHD. I had heard about it and had a shallow understanding of what it was. My life was full of unfinished projects, unrecognized hyper-focus yet having feelings of being so ovewhelmed at times that I needed to withdraw from everything and everybody for days at a time and hole up in my apartment until I could face the world again. There were so many things in my life where I felt that this was “as good as it gets”. I had learned to accept my “limitations” and had a quiet resignation to never being able to accomplish certain things in my life. Never, NEVER, in my life did I even consider that there might have been a reason. Until a single conversation…

    I had a long distance girlfriend. She and I were talking one day and she shared that she had been diagnosed with ADHD in high school. I am a naturally curious person and as I only had my shallow understanding of ADHD, I asked her what it was like living with ADHD. My shock was total, because as she started talking about it, she wasn’t describing her life, she was describing MINE!!!! The next half hour blew my mind and began the journey to receiving my diagnosis and medication.

    The revolution for me has been in the reevaluating of SO many things in my life. What used to be “as good as it gets” is now an open space of possibility. I have returned to finish my degree after a 30-year hiatus. I am so much more focused in my life. AND, my revolution is now becoming an evolution. I love the articles that show up in my email inbox from here. At least once a week one of them helps me understand another area of my life where ADHD has been present but undiscovered. These ongoing realizations have helped me learn to forgive myself for the years of self loathing about so many fo the things that were “wrong” with me.

    I know that for some, the diagnosis of ADHD has been traumatic. To you, I wish you healing and future growth. For me, my diagnosis was vindication. I am not a bad person. I am just someone who needs to approach life differently. Thank you.

  3. I’m so lucky that I was diagnosed fairly young (and at all) compared to most girls and women, I think I was 18 or 19? And I’m only 21 now. But I am so grateful that I was because since then I’ve been able to better understand myself and why I am the way I am. It also is helping me better understand my family members too, as it seems that it runs in the family. My brother was diagnosed with it in elementary school and him and I were so different as I didn’t really have that hyperactive piece like he did. But mine manifested in my executive functioning and I just feel better knowing it’s not my fault sometimes and that I can’t always help why I do things because that’s how my brain was wired. I just feel a little less alone.

  4. “rain on me”

    one day I start something
    it all ends up being
    I’m hidden under a cloud
    the rain’s pouring
    down my cheek
    it’s all draining.
    motivation, only in spouts
    starbursts of color
    no need to pout
    the rainbow never lasts.

  5. I have just started my specialty training in the child field. Growing up in the Midwest, there was a lot of stigma about mental health in general and little wiggle room for accepting non-neurotypical people. My [R]evolution is ongoing. The more I work with children and see how frequent co-morbid issues with mood, anxiety, substances, etc there are, the more I see just how important it is to diagnose and start treatment at an early age.

  6. My son was diagnosed first. It’s easy for a little boy who is the classic, stereotypical picture of ADHD. Me on the other hand, I got diagnosed after. I’ve been the same my whole life but had siblings and a mom with other health issues that overshadowed me. As the oldest, I was the one that had to be responsible and put together for everyone else- it didn’t work so well but it got me by. As an adult, I struggled but with the help of a professor, I got through undergrad. I’ve always been a mess, conversations trail on and have tangents, disorganization is my middle name, I have a million half finished projects, my mind runs a million miles a minute. I had a doctor tell me that I just had anxiety because I was “too intelligent to have ADHD”. But I knew he wasn’t right. I had never felt anxious except in some normal times (majorly final I couldn’t focus enough to study for, child birth, brain scan for possible cancer, etc); I didn’t feel anxious skydiving, flying, driving fast, etc. I tried 3 different anxiety medications- nothing worked. I knew he was wrong.

    After my son was born, we had so many similarities. As he aged, we had even more. Many of those similarities were the ones that got him diagnosed with ADHD. Through our family therapy sessions, his doctor asked me if I had ever considered being diagnosed or if I’m being treated for ADHD. I told her I was told I don’t have it after some intelligence tests. She told me I need to find a new doctor because I most likely have it based on her observations of me. I found a new doctor and was officially diagnosed. I cried (I’m not a crier) because for the first time in my life, someone told me I’m not crazy, it’s not all in my head, and what I’m experiencing is normal.

    I wish doctors knew more. I wish they could have a better understanding of ADHD in women. I wish more Insurance companies covered psychologists. I wish there wasn’t such a stigma around ADHD and late diagnosis- not everyone was some crazy drug, not everyone is just an anxious housewife, not everyone is lazy, and it doesn’t go away.

  7. My (R)volution began while we had gaurdianship over my niece about 3 years ago. Her therapist suggested taking her to a psychiatrist because of the symptoms she was exhibiting. After the initial conversation I realized I was leaning in nodding my head the whole time as if she had been talking about me! All at once it felt like everything made so much sense. My entire childhood…my ability to excel in certain subjects but fail at others, the procrastination of every project, how I would misplace things I loved so much, and even looking at my family…we were always late, to EVERYTHING. ADHD was always something that only happened to boys who couldn’t sit still in class. I never realized how much it was the way a brain worked. Once my official diagnosis and treatment began my husband and children saw a change in me that I had been hoping and praying for. My brain is not broken….its different. And now that I know, I am on my way to being my best self. And I love this resource and always share it with others…thank you for making me feel “normal” ha!

  8. I was too loud, too busy, too impulsive, too ‘hyper’ and too everything as a young child. My interruptions and excitement for life were squashed by those who wanted to me to live within the social constructs of public school and society. I lived with a lot of shame.
    I now work with students who are ADHD and teach them the super power tied to it. It took me 40 years to get a diagnosis. (The testing took too long!)
    I learned through reading and talking with others that it is ok to ‘be you’. I am a better parent, teacher, counselor, friend and partner to my guy because of the education that is shared about ADHD now.
    I love my life and live my truth!

  9. The revolution began when I was a child having problems communicating. What I have learned is that ADHD is a disability but also an ability to look through a different lens. If I had known this as my younger self the isolation I experienced would have not traumatized me. Knowing that I am normal and have just as many talents, skills, and abilities as does any other human being. ADHD is a superpower in the right environment!

  10. When ADHD became a “thing” I scoffed like everyone else. After I was diagnosed at 33, and put on medication, people came out of the woodwork with relief. People near and dear to me said they wished they’d known when I was young so they could medicate me then and to please don’t stop taking my meds. That was eye opening and a bit offensive to hear that I was that “bad”. Back when I was diagnosed 20+ years ago there weren’t many resources so I just took my meds like a good citizen and didn’t have a clue how to help myself with the strategies they have today. When my daughter was diagnosed at 25 she introduced me to all kinds of apps and strategies and books that opened up a whole new world for me. After I educated myself with this information, I found that I was not defective, just wired differently. I didn’t have a character flaw because I wasn’t organized and couldn’t seem to finish anything, or didn’t make the appropriate phone calls or send cards when I was “suppose” to or make casseroles for sick people and wore white after Labor Day. (So many rules we southern girls have to deal with), it was the wiring in my brain, the executive function that was not functioning the way society thought it should. I have recently learned so much that I no longer beat myself up for all my societal perceived short comings and now have/working on every day, a healthy self confidence and boundaries that protect me from all my old demons that told me I was not smart and would never amount to anything. I went back to school, graduated with honors (from a C/D student) and became a nurse with many credentials behind my name. I went so far with this new found knowledge of myself that I told my friends and family that if they don’t hear from me, than everything is ok, I’m just hyper-focused somewhere and I will be back eventually. That’s when I found my tribe, my people. The people that love me no matter what. The people I don’t have to apologize to for being me. That’s what I hope for all.

  11. I am still in the midst of my [R]evolution. I understand intellectually that ADHD is nothing to be ashamed of. I advocate for my daughter (whose diagnosis and treatment made me realize I probably had it, too) and others, speaking out to break the stigma. However, as is often the case, I have a much harder time advocating for myself. The more I read, the more I am convinced that it is possible for me to figure out how to not let this control me. I have a therapist I like and trust now. I will work with her to sift through some of this mess. I will continue to show myself the compassion and attention I’ve given to others for so long.

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