Five ADHD Struggles
Do you relate to these 🧐 ? I honestly think I spent hours every week looking for misplaced stuff 😳It’s one of the most annoying ADHD symptoms for me 😭But even though I often forget to do important things because I’m focused on new projects, I would not change my brain 🧠The thrill of starting something new is tooo exciting ☺️ !!
Table of Contents
~ 1.Life Struggles of Being an Adult with ADHD
~ Spending Hours Looking For Misplaced Objects
~ Avoiding the Pile of Unopened Mail
~ Trying Hard Not To Interrupt Friends When They are Talking
~ Being Exhausted But Unable to Sleep Because of Racing Thoughts
~ Getting Excited About a New Project, Forgetting About the More Important Stuff
Life Struggles of Being an Adult with ADHD
Having ADHD is not a joke. Dealing with it as an adult is even harder. People get to think that ADHD is for children only. An image of a child that cannot sit still, cannot pay attention, or cannot focus is something that comes into people's minds when they hear the word ADHD. This is an example of an ADHD Stereotype. But in reality, this is just the tip of the ADHD Iceberg.
While it is true that children also have a hard time dealing with ADHD because of a lack of understanding and compassion from people around them, it gets even harder for adults. People oftentimes think that ADHD does not affect adults or it is just a feeling that goes away, ADHD can be as serious as it is for children.
There are numerous situations that may arise when you are dealing with ADHD as an adult. These situations are not limited only to social, educational, or work-related matters but they can also affect your relationship with the people around you or even your self-esteem.
Spending Hours Looking For Misplaced Objects
Some people with ADHD have trouble maintaining home organization. Sometimes this is the root cause of misplacing things and spending hours looking for them. As for my experience, I always lay down my stuff in weird places like the windowsill or on top of doors. The problem is, I usually forget where I place them. That's why it takes me hours to look for them again because, by that time, they are hidden from my sight. 😅
Avoiding the Pile of Unopened Mail
People with ADHD may have a very hard time taking responsibility. And sometimes, we become overwhelmed and just avoid the tasks that we need to do because we are sometimes afraid of the outcome that these tasks entail. One good example is opening the pile of letters and bills on your table or desk. You know you need to open them but you can't make yourself do it. Or sometimes, we aren't just that interested and eager to open them at all.
Trying Hard Not To Interrupt Friends When They are Talking
Interrupting conversations can spark misunderstanding. It may even make your friends think that you are not interested in what they are saying or you do not value your friendship. I know it may be hard to keep yourself from interrupting people when you feel like sharing the same thoughts as the person who's talking but you have to try to learn how to control it, or if it’s really hard controlling it, explain your condition and apologize when it happens. In this way, you save yourself from having these embarrassing situations and further causing any conflicts.
Being Exhausted But Unable to Sleep Because of Racing Thoughts
Over-thinking and mental hyperactivity are some of the common symptoms of adult ADHD, and it can be a very exhausting trait to have. Sometimes, you can't sleep soundly at night or you just wake up in the middle of it because your mind won't stop thinking about things that pop up randomly from time to time. In my experience, I tend to think a lot about past scenarios, sometimes making me sad or guilty about how I acted or made people feel before. However, when I try to think of positive things alternatively, my mind seems to work even harder causing me to have racing thoughts.
Getting Excited About a New Project, Forgetting About the More Important Stuff
Being a person with ADHD, I sometimes get too thrilled in accepting new tasks or projects. These new assignments get me pumped up and excited at the start, but when it comes to the deadline, I sometimes forget completely about my other tasks. When this happens, I end up failing to do some of them, and eventually, it leads me to have incomplete work. This is the reason why sometimes it's important for people with ADHD to control their impulsivity and think twice or thrice before making decisions.
Being an adult is not easy, and having ADHD and being an adult is really hard. But there is hope, and there are ways to deal with it. It may take some time and effort, but eventually, you will get the handle everything well.