30 Struggles of Living With ADHD



I’ve wanted to write this post for some time, but I was hesitant because I personally don’t struggle with ADHD. I didn’t want to write a post that misrepresented the struggles of people with this condition. Even after talking to people with ADHD, receiving positive feedback, and editing it a million times, I was still unsure of whether or not I should proceed. However, my mission is to advocate for everyone with a mental illness, not just people like me. So, with this post comes a disclaimer: I am more than happy to alter this post if it misrepresents people with ADHD. The items on this list are based on what others have shared with me, but may be missing key elements.

Without any further delay, here’s what I’ve learned about what my peers with ADHD struggle with!

Living With ADHD

 

  1. People trying to buy your medication off of you
  2. Having to hide your medication so people don’t steal it from you
  3. People assuming that you use your prescribed meds just to get ahead in school, and not to simply function
  4. Being barred from the military for being on ADHD medication
  5. Having people tell you that ADHD is a made-up condition
  6. Being condemned for desiring sex more than others
  7. Being given the talk about how you were diagnosed with ADHD because “big pharma uses that to get you dependent on medication”
  8. The realization that ADHD doesn’t go away once you hit adulthood
  9. Having to explain to others that ADHD doesn’t just affect kids
  10. Being bullied
  11. Constantly being told you’re annoying
  12. Losing your appetite while on medication
  13. Having your condition dismissed with quirky replacements like “AD-oh look, a bunny!”
  14. Taking medication that’s almost as much of a hindrance than the disorder it treats
  15. Your thoughts racing faster than you can keep up with
  16. Being told to just cut back on sugar, because of course that will fix everything
  17. Other parents blaming your parents for your behavior as a child
  18. Other parents telling your parents they raised you poorly
  19. Watching your parents defend themselves whenever their parenting tactics are questioned
  20. Feeling like a “problem child” after watching this happen too many times
  21. Being told that you’re lazy
  22. Buying and setting up planners to improve on your time management skills, only to never pick up the planner
  23. After failing to make a planner work for you, being told to buy a planner
  24. Investing in other types of methods that are supposed to help you stay on track
  25. Wasting your money on methods that just won’t work for you
  26. Listening to teachers complain about fidget spinners while also hearing them complain about kids who can’t sit still
  27. Seeing your coping mechanisms turned into fads, even though you were given a hard time for utilizing them before they were cool
  28. Saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, and immediately regretting it
  29. Starting things, but never finishing them
  30. Being told you just don’t care about your friends because you already forgot what they said a minute after they said it.

Did I miss anything? Is anything not true? Let me know!

 

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