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No, I Don't Need to "Just Try Harder"

One of the most frustrating aspects of ADHD is not a symptom or side effect, but the judgment we endure everyday from people who question whether ADHD is real. Next time someone tells you to "just focus" or "try harder," respond with one of these pointed comebacks.

1 Comment: No, I Don't Need to "Just Try Harder"

  1. I like the more direct approaches. It’s not my job to educate people or explain myself, except in very, very limited circumstances. And even then, only if I think I’m dealing with ignorance. If there is the slightest bit of contempt shown to me, they get sarcasm or a firm shutdown. I have ended relationships over being treated dismissively or with contempt, and I have more than once said to close friends “you don’t have to agree with my diagnosis or (whatever limit I’ve just set), but you do have to respect it, and me.” Shows you very quickly which relationships are salvageable and which are not.

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