5 Things I Want You to Know About ADHD
Growing up, I always had a lot of energy.
Even as a baby, I used to stand in my crib every morning, hanging off the edge screaming, “Outside! Outside! Outside!” to my poor mother.
I was like a dog who needed to be let out for his morning playtime. The only difference between me and a pup? I’m 24, and I still have the same amount of energy.
As a kid, having a lot of energy is cute. As an adult, it’s just not. If you’re bouncing off the walls and you’re 24, people look at you differently. People think you’re weird.
People think you’re crazy.
I have ADHD, and these are the 5 things I want you to know about it.
Yes, I do like “shiny” things.
As an ADHDer, social media is the bane of my existence. I just get too addicted.
Even after turning off all of the notifications on my phone, I can’t help but be distracted by every single thing that I notice when I open Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. The second I get a new notification, I check it immediately, and then I forget to respond to the text or comment because I’m already distracted by the next “shiny thing” that comes into my line of vision.
This probably isn’t because I’m “lazy”, it’s probably because I have an issue with my brain’s dopamine receptors. I get overexcited by novelty because of the influx of dopamine that it causes. I’m not stupid or lazy, if anything, I’m the opposite.
ADHD doesn’t make me stupid or undisciplined.
This year, I’ve read 20 books so far.
Compared to a lot of people, I guess that’s a bit of a lame brag, but for me, that’s a really big deal. Every day that I sit down to read, I read what an average person would read in 20 minutes in about an hour. I feel like the most easily distracted reader on the planet, but I always get my reading done.
The whole time I’m reading, I want to quit, check my phone, think about martial arts, work, or any other distraction. A lot of times, I cave and check my phone anyway. Some…