The stress of not being able to function in an environment for which you’re not adapted while expected to is heavy. People often think that comorbidities of ADHD like self-loathing and depression are purely inherent to the condition. But I’d argue they’re in large part due to how outsiders react to us.
So if you’re the parent, guardian, teacher, sibling, friend of or care about a child who is a potential hunting and gathering badass, or a literally unstoppable brainstormer, help them win their self-love rebellion. Check your frustration. Instead of punishing their shortcomings, nurture their abilities. If you find them distracted, ask them: ‘What were you just thinking about?’ Not because they’re in trouble but because it could be fascinating.
I’m still fighting my rebellion everyday. And it’s far from won, but it’s even further from lost. So I’m going to leave you with a very simple tactic for fighting your own rebellion, whatever your battlefield may be. Since I was a kid whenever I felt completely misunderstood or unappreciated, alone, because I don’t think right, I’ll seek out a mirror, look straight in my eye, and reassure myself.
Not narcissistically or egotistically but genuinely: I love you. Because as long as you do, somebody does.