Talking About ADHD

What Would Make You Happier?

Do you wish your working memory was better? Or that your child with ADHD was more confident? Or that your pets cleaned your house while you slept? Read the responses below to find out what our readers wish they could change, or if they are already content with their ADHD lives.

Young woman thinking and looking up, isolated on green studio background
Young woman thinking and looking up, isolated on green studio background

ADDitude asked adults with ADHD and caregivers of children with ADHD, “What would make you happy in your ADHD life?” Read about what people wish they could change, or the things they feel already bring them happiness.

“A clean, organized home. That would be the epitome of happiness for me.”
-Melody Cox, Evansville, Indiana

“A little more predictability, a better memory, and maybe a GoPro camera to film every move I make!”
-Patricia Nealon, Austin, Texas

“A local support group of ADHD adults coping with work and family challenges. We could cheer each other on and provide the validation that just doesn’t happen in day-to-day life.”
-Joyce, Adirondacks, New York

“A housekeeper and about $1,000 more every month.”
-Amanda Sterling, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Feeling more confident in general and not always worrying or stressing about what I’ve said, or what I’m going to say, or how I come across. Turning off the constant noise in my head.”
-An ADDitude Reader

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“I would love for my spouse to lighten up a bit. I am trying to remember to take my meds, put the cap on the toothpaste, keep a to-do list, etc. But when I fail, it upsets her.”
-An ADDitude Reader

“I am already happy because I accept that I am different by design. I have accepted that. The sad part is that it took 70-plus years to get to that point.”
-Richard Traband, Mount Vernon, Washington

“I am relatively happy! I might be even happier though if my memory worked well and my rejection sensitive dysphoria would take a hike.”
-Misty Tomlinson, Tigard, Oregon

“I wish I could make my daughter believe she is brilliant and beautiful and there are ways to work around the disorder.”
-Debra Arseneau, Atlanta, Georgia

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“Nothing. I am happy, content, and productive. I have found a medication that works for me, and that makes all the difference.”
-Jennifer L., Newtown, Pennsylvania

To be taken seriously sometimes. I don’t feel that family members value my knowledge or my over-30 years of experience in my chosen career field. (I work in a hospital in a general pediatric/adolescent unit, but my experience goes well beyond pediatrics.) That would make me truly happy.”
-Greta Crouch, Ridgeway, South Carolina

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