PSA about ADHD

✦ADHD is not a personality quirk

- some things that tag along with ADHD are:

        ~sensory processing disorder

        ~executive dysfunction

        ~poor fine motor skills

        ~sensory overloads (that lead to meltdowns)

        ~sensory seeking (self stimming)

        ~hyperfixations

        ~moderate to severe memory problems

        ~Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria- is an extreme emotional sensitivity and emotional pain triggered by the perception that one is being rejected, teased, or criticized. The emotional response is complete with suicidal ideation and people suffering from RSD often get misdiagnosed with serious personality disorders. RSD is only seen in people with ADHD and the emotional sensitivity/reaction is much more severe than that of a neurotypical person.

✦Some other “fun” ADHD things! 

          ~inability to regulate emotions

          ~no concept of time

          ~noticeable public stimming (resulting in stares from neurotypicals) 

          ~no impulse control

          ~insomnia

          ~listen but cannot absorb what is being said 

          ~no volume control 

          ~increased inability to focus when emotional

          ~difficulty stopping a task and transitioning to the next 

          ~social anxiety

          ~higher levels on generalized anxiety

          ~extremely forgetful 

          ~”all or nothing” mentality  

@ neurotypicals- some things to be aware of: 

- you cannot hyperfixate. only people who are neurodivergent can hyperfixate. please don’t use that word when describing your latest obsession :-)

- please don’t stare at neurodivergent people who are stimming in public

- be respectful of those who actually need fidget toys so they can subtly stim in public 

- if we forget something you tell us it is not because we don’t care, we just have a million other thoughts racing through our mind and no way to filter through them. 

- please be gentle with us. no don’t tip toe around us and treat us like we aren’t human, but be aware that even offhand comments can trigger RSD. no we aren’t being too sensitive, our brains are wired differently than yours

  • ADHD hell brain: you want something
  • Me: ok, what?
  • AHDH hell brain: something.
  • Me: ...what something?
  • ADHD hell brain: sound.
  • Me: ok? Music? Netflix? YouTube?
  • ADHD hell brain: .....you want something...

ADHD things that NO ONE EVER TALKS ABOUT

-Getting frustrated at not being able to do something you want in the way you want it

-feeling so so tired and drained all the time

-getting overstimulated and not knowing what to do with yourself

-having so much noise in your head that you cant turn down or force away

-people complaining how loud or soft you talk and you cant explain that you have a hard time controlling it

-having a really hard time making friends and keeping them

-you can never find something that interests you for more than a week

-executive dysfunction is something that almost never goes away

-having days so bad you cannot get anything done or done well

-feeling so angry for seemingly no reason

-you cant get to sleep easily and staying asleep is even harder

-being the last person to finish a project almost all the time

-when you do find a special interest, youre made fun of for it so you lose interest

-Always forgetting things and coming across and uncaring

-just…the way people see you in general

-you’re really smart! Too bad you cant find a good way to exhibit your talents in a way that actually makes sense to you

-you have to be doing something else to pay attention (ex: drawing, fidgeting, etc etc)

-when theres too many people talking its so overwhelming

Theres more but…. Feel free to add it yourself if you can think of more

  • me, at myself: so you have 231 unopened emails, 34 unread texts, 3 essays, 5 hw assignments, ur mom's calling, the dog needs to be let out, u haven't taken ur meds in 2 days,, showering would be nice, oh fuc it's dinner time-
  • also me *staring blankly*: yo u ever see shapes in the ceiling? there's like a lil bunny right there lol

ADHD Moods: A Collection

* Bored.

* move move move move move move move move move

* “What month is it again?”

* SHIT

* “Aren’t you supposed to leave at 3:00?” “Yeah but it’s only like 1:30 I’ve got time” “Dude it’s like 2:57” “FUCK”

* Focus level: non-existent

* Focus level: EXTREME

* “Listen I know you told me to do this thing and explained it three times already but could you maybe explain it again”

* “I forgot”

* MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE

* I had three assignments due today and I forgot about all of them kill me

* The face you make when a NT tells you to “just write it down”

* MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE

* “Can I touch your stim toy?” “NO

* It’s been 14 hours since I ate bc I forgot

* It’s been 38 hours since I ate bc I forgot

* “iF it wAs imPoRTanT yoU wOuLd’Ve rEmeMbeReD iT”

* “When the hell was the last time I showered?”

* Yes I know I need to calm down but THEYRE TALKING ABOUT MY HYPERFIXATION OVER THERE

* MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE

* I’m hungry but all I want is strawberry jello

* Too Much™

shoutout to the adhd people who did well in school for years but suddenly crashed and burned when the responsibilities outweighed their coping skills

shoutout to the adhd people who couldn’t finish college

shoutout to the adhd people who do great work but lose their jobs because of poor time managment

shoutout to the adhd people who don’t lose their jobs but can never advance because of their inconsistent performance

shoutout to the adhd people who want more work responsibilities but are afraid of what will happen when they inevitably make a careless mistake or their inattention leads something important to be forgotten

shoutout to the adhd people who have damaged their credit rating by forgetting to pay bills or return library books

shoutout to the adhd people who work their ass off every day but never know if the results will be stellar, average, or terrible

shoutout to the adhd people who have done just well enough to go most of their lives knowing something was wrong, but figuring they just needed to work harder to fix it.