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Updated on October 24, 2018

447 Comments & Reviews

  1. I want the world to know that ADHD is not the fault of poor parenting. ADHD is a medical condition. A person with ADHD has differences in brain development and brain activity that affect attention, the ability to sit still, and self-control that he/she will never out grow. ADHD is real and makes school very difficult no matter how smart my child is!

  2. DISCLAIMER; The “we” in this comment is meant for those who relate. I AM NOT INTENDING TO SPEAK FOR THE ENTIRE GAMBIT OF THE ADHD COMMUNITY.

    Its frustrating enough when ADHD wins the day. We internalize it more than we may let on. It is in our conscious and unconscious thoughts each time we can’t remember if we locked the door, left the keys IN the door, have to go back to our desk at work at least three times to get items we forgot before actually heading home , and blurt out with inappropriate, impulsive, and socially unacceptable comments; including asking questions that apparently were answered two seconds prior. They are experiences that are just as frustrating and awkward to us as they are to you. Every time our loved ones manifest our own feelings on their faces with eye rolls, expressions of, “hurry up,” or just walk away in shameless embarrasment magnifies and negatively validates our own internal embarrassment and frustrations. We HAVE to accept how our brains work. We NEED to keep moving on through each stumble. It is for the sake of our own mental health. And the more our loved ones react in such a manner, the more it is their voice we hear while repremanding ourselves. Our inner voice ostracizes us enough with out needing to acknowledge how our loved ones are internalizing our ADHD enhanced actions. Having an emotional reaction while living through these metaphoric and literal face-plants does not end when you move on from it; nor does it end when we remove ourselves from the tainted environment. We are constantly trying to fix them in replay mode, incorporating the social feedback and consequences so that we can try to not, “screw it up again and in the same way we did it before.” So please don’t internalize and own our ADHD tendencies. It is already hard enough experiencing them without witnessing them externally reinforced in our loved ones reactions. WE GET IT. But we have to accept it and just try to learn from what ever it is, as many times as we need. Because it is brain chemistry. We cannot change it no matter how much you (and we want too; and believe me- we want too). Meds and alternative treatments only go so far. And meds mostly just help in the period in which they are in our system. So… please let it go? Our ADHD momments are not yours to own. So… Please?

  3. I wish people knew that it’s not a matter of diet or “trying harder” or using “can” statements. Really, I wish they knew how it felt to already be “trying harder” but still have people tell you to try harder. And I sure do wish they would stop judging ADD as some made up concept when they’ve never experienced it themselves.

  4. There are so many things I wish the world knew about ADHD…

    The most basic, that all of the others kind of build on, is that it is a real condition. The differences between ADHD brains and neurotypical brains are visible in scans.

  5. That some of us really struggle with it. I’m 26 and was just diagnosed, all these years I thought something was wrong with me. I never fit in, never felt “normal”, I’m confused constantly or forgetting things unintentionally, and then feeling stupid for it. People with ADHD are the weird kid, the very talkative kid, the kid that’s always “too much”. Most of us are constantly going through depression and anxiety problems because we’re trying to figure out what’s wrong yet trying to convince ourselves that you “just have to try harder”. But apart from all that, we’re pretty cool, if not just a tad bit more. We have something really neat called hyper-focus, and when we’re feeling great, boy are we feeling GREAT! It’s something we learn to live with and manage, but it doesn’t define us.

  6. I want people to know this is a true imbalance in the brain and nor fake. Peolpe are quick to be lame parents for being bad parents instead of understanding the condition. Kids with it just want to fit in with your kids and belong. So maybe if parents weren’t so quick to point out are kids as bad kids and help there kids understand they are no different then there’s.

  7. As a both a clinician providing services to students with ADHD as well as a parent to children with ADHD, I see and feel the daily struggles the disorder has on an individuals daily life as well as the lives of their loved ones. I would like the world to know ADHD is not poor parenting, it is not a lazy child, it is not something you grow out of! It is real. No person suffering from the symptoms wants to.

    A comment my coworker says all the time to school staff sums it up in a nutshell: “If a kid can…they will.” If they can’t then WE need to help teach and supply them with the skills to be able to.

  8. I wish the world knew that those of us who either have ADHD and/or those who support people who do have ADHD are doing our BEST. I wish the world could walk in our shoes for just a short period of time to truely understand how taxing it can be and how it affects just about EVERYTHING! I wish the world was more tolerant and accepting in general – we all have things we struggle with – ADHD (no matter if you are the patient or the caregiver) is our struggle. Don’t judge, be tolerant and accepting to all no matter the person, problem, or issue — known or unknown.

  9. I never realized that all the issues I’ve struggled with all my life were because of ADHD. For me they are mainly emotional and social. I used alcohol to stop feeling so awkward, to help me “fit in” and then later to try and stop the crazy circling thoughts, always wondering if I was good enough, always imagining the worst behind other people’s actions towards me. I’ve discovered other ways to handle things now but I wish someone had helped me earlier. My daughter, who just turned 11 and was diagnosed a few years ago, struggles with a lot of the same things I did,but now I know what it is and how to help us both.
    I guess what I want the world to know is that ADHD is a real condition that affects many more people than the world realizes but knowledge is power. We can take back control and help others learn ways to make life easier.

  10. I want people to know a few simple facts:
    -sensory processing issues are not exclusive to Autism, they include REALLY good sensory experiences (enhanced!) but also, they mean that we are easily overwhelmed.
    -my mental disorders are NOT an excuse. I am responsible for my behavior and will face the consequences. I do request an opportunity to explain my behaviour so that others can understand and know me better and maybe we can work to change the environment to help me avoid unwanted behavior. It can be really simple!
    -I process new information slowly, especially if there are distractions, like noises in the room, no other noise in the room, and when you talk to fast, and when there’s a song in my head, and when you mention something that reminds me of something I wanted to say and you let me go on and on following tangeant after tangeant and I will make us both late if you don’t say something to get this conversation back on track.
    -I DID take my medication, so it makes the symptoms of ADHD smaller, but they don’t disappear, I still need to learn those executive function skills that others learn on the go as their growing with young spongy brains and my forty year old brain takes a lot of effort to engage!

  11. I really want people to understand that ADHD has nothing to do with parenting. So many people are judgemental and want to blame the parents for everything. I’d like people to become more aware of ADHD and what it actually is.

  12. Living in a household with multiple ADHD diagnosis it is a struggle for anyone to stay focused! On task? Get things done? Having fun – that’s a different story.

  13. It’s a struggle everyday to stay positive and work to not react to my child. I realize that the way his brain is wired is leading his actions but the way I react can help him or hurt him. This site has been a God send, helping me to understand his brain and also get ideas!

  14. I wish the world knew that ADHD was real. That is a developmental disorder that can be treated. I often feel self conscious when talking about it because other mental illness are more accepted; bipolar, manic depression, anxiety, etc. Those are serious illness that people recognize, I don’t think ADHD carries the same weight. It still feels made up. But it’s not. It’s real and affects people.

  15. That ADHD may not always look like hyperactivity – that it may look more like being “spacey” or not paying attention, being sensitive to failure, and having sensory issues.

  16. I want people to know that I’m not lazy! That I get overwhelmed easily, that I’m processing your question before I answer and I’m not pausing to respond because I’m not listening. That ADHD affects so many aspects of my behavior and it’s not just about ‘distraction’ My daughter and I both have it and it’s tough on the rest of the family sometimes but we have routines and tools in place to help out one another.

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