ADHD: The Struggle Is Real


Art by Charli Gilchrist


ADHD: The Struggle Is Real

I support everyone that has ADHD!

— Anonyous

 Today I’m going to talk about the basic struggles, and the ways to help cope with it, I experience with ADHD.


ADHD is a chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. ADHD may cause someone to act without thinking about what the result will be.


For me, ADHD interferes with me a LOT. I have the hyper version of ADHD, which basically means I can get SUPER energetic. I’m not saying this is a bad thing. It benefits me in many ways. When I’m playing the guitar I can just focus on that. A lot of people see ADHD as a bad thing. People make comments such as “That person obviously has ADHD.” Or “I don’t know how he deal’s with ADHD. If I had ADHD I would kill myself.” These are both comments I have heard being made about me. I don’t understand why ADHD is viewed badly. Sure, it’s not the best thing in the world, but it could be WAY worse.


Some teachers I have had in the past have asked if I have ADHD. That’s a simple question, right? The answer is yes, it’s an easy question. But what makes the question hurtful is the way these teachers act when they spring this question on me. They avoid eye contact and often make the situation feel uncomfortable. If I answer yes to them, they often say “Hmm, makes sense.” Yes, I obviously have ADHD. But I don’t understand why they just assume this. Mostly after they ask me if I have ADHD, the teacher will speak and act unusual around me. The teacher might ask “Are you seeing a counselor? Do you take meds?” I am grateful for their concern, but I just want to be treated normally by my teachers. I have tried to voice this, but my teachers just shrug it off and ask questions the next day.


Many people who have been diagnosed with ADHD struggle with ways to help contain their ADHD. I have found that devoting myself to guitars has helped greatly. Also playing sports help release energy through physical activity. Some people with ADHD might draw, paint, play an instrument, go for runs at least once a day, physically condition themselves, read, or play online games. If you have ADHD, I highly encourage you to try some of these to see if they might work for you.


If you have any questions about ADHD, please contact me at [email protected]. I check my email regularly, and I am always ready to help your if you need it. I hope you have learned something from this article, have a great day.


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