You’re Not ADHD If You Are Having A Rough Day. Live In My Head For At Least 30 Seconds. Explain Adult ADHD

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Part of #ExplainAdultADHD.  A campaign to reduce the ignorance, misinformation, and stigma against adults with ADHD.

You’re Not ADHD If You Are Having A Rough Day. Live In My Head For At Least 30 Seconds.

When I try to explain that I’m living with ADHD, some people tell me, “We’re all ADHD”. It makes my stomach turn. I want to tell them, “Live in my head for at least 30 seconds, you’ll be begging for mercy”.

People that I have dated in the past, couldn’t handle me. Others have shot down my self-esteem. I lost my career in the Navy, after receiving a diagnosis.

Coworkers would get irritated with me if I didn’t completely understand the directions. I easily forget what I was doing.

The point is that don’t tell me that “We’re all ADHD”, just because you are having a busy day or misplaced your stapler.

It’s a 24/7 hell in my head. It is the real deal and I have struggled in school.

It’s not a joke to be laughed at, when I try to explain myself. It hurts when people get mad at me.

I’m not going to let my ADHD define me, my life can get better.

By Nina.

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