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I think with ADHD, the problem is that you sort of...
And I try to rephrase this cuz I'm sort of going off on a tangent.
What just happened?
What was I saying?
[According to the National Institute of Mental Health...]
["...inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are the key behaviors of ADHD."]
[Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.]
[What it's like to have ADHD.]
[How did you behave at school?]
I misbehaved a lot as a kid, but I didn't mean to. [Diagnosed at age 11.]
The natural environment of a classroom is very nonconducive to somebody with ADHD. -[Diagnosed at age six.]
You know, just like this quiet room, you're sitting at this table, a bunch of other kids are all doing their work.
It was almost like a "sensory overload."
Like everything is coming at you all at once.
I would be trying to focus on this teacher and then all of a sudden, I would like, snap to it again, and I had missed half of what the teacher had talked about. -[Diagnosed at age five.]
It's like you're high or something, like, it's like, it's kind of similar to being high.
[How does ADHD affect your daily life?]
One of the side effects of ADHD is a sort of inability, or at least a tough time staying still, concentrating, focusing on day-to-day tasks.
I feel like my thoughts are sort of on like, a carousel in my brain, and it's going in circles, and each thought stops for like two seconds in front of my eyes.
I can barely grasp it, and then it's gone.
The third day I was at Buzzfeed, I was taking some like, safety test with my friend, fellow producer here, Caitlin.
And I'm like already lost on the packet, I look over and Caitlin's answered the first 10 questions already.
And it's just that that's like the story of my life, is like, looking over to my friend, and being like, "How the hell did you just do that?"
[How do you treat your ADHD?]
I have been on some form of medication ever since I was 13.
I stopped taking medication.
For me, because I just didn't like the way it made me feel.
They curbed my appetite, I was losing weight.
But the medication provides me with clarity.
When I'm not on my medicine, it feels like the smallest tasks are really overwhelming.
-Because I can't visualize and focus on the simple process.
I have to plan things out, I have to write everything down or else I forget.
[What's something you wish people understood about ADHD?]
I don't advocate that everyone go off their meds, if they don't need to, it's just for me that was something that I felt I wanted to do.
It looks different in everybody.
I would just wish people were a little more sensitive with like, the verbal assumptions they make.
I just wish people believed it was real.
My ADHD is like the realest thing in my life.
Like, I can't reach out and touch it, but I can feel it.
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What ADHD Feels Like

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doris.lai published on April 4, 2020    doris.lai translated    adam reviewed
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