Having ADHD is a disability that affects everyone differently.
I am affected in my everyday life in many different ways.
Thought to write a bit about the diagnosis and various characteristics etc..ADHD often means that a person is inattentive and has difficulty regulating their activity level and controlling their impulses…. It can be extra difficult to pay attention if you do not find the topic interesting, and may then have to force yourself to stay focused. It is difficult to turn off things that happen around you, you are disturbed by small things around you. Weak sounds, a movement or things like that. It takes all the focus from what you really have to do.
People with ADHD often find it difficult to be still and have to put in a lot of effort to do so. Which takes extra energy, in addition, it can be difficult to maintain an even energy level during the day and many often run out after a day at school or work that they are completely exhausted when they get home. It is easy to slip into daydreams and other thoughts very easily even during a conversation with another person, it is not because you are uninterested but because there are so many thoughts going on while you can not turn off for the moment. Everything spins constantly, all impressions both in sight and sound get stuck in a kind of vortex of eternity.
The mood often sways very quickly and it is often difficult to regulate emotions such as anger and disappointment. You take it very hard. Many people have difficulties with working memory, ie keeping and using a certain amount of information for a shorter period of time. This often makes many tasks difficult to complete.
One thing that is difficult for me is, among other things, numbers and mathematics. I do not make it work at all. Which makes me frustrated and sad that leads to an outbreak.
In women / girls, the symptoms are slightly different than in boys / men, girls are usually a little more introverted, which makes it more difficult for the environment to detect or react to something being ”wrong”. So many women get their diagnosis in adulthood when you yourself feel that something is not right…
One thing that is very difficult with ADHD is just getting to that with sleep. To get to bed, relax and sleep well at night. Which means that you are not rested when you wake up and the attention deteriorates during the day.
There is so much more to write about in this topic, but take them further… I think it is incredibly important to highlight this topic and talk about it.
That it is a disability that affects many people’s everyday lives. It’s not an invention to excuse people’s behavior, it’s a diagnosis just like diabetes. Something you have all your life, nothing you have chosen.