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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Understanding me and my ADHD.

Understanding me and my ADHD. 

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. But really I like calling it ADHPT Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Personality Type. Because to me it's not a disorder. To me it's part of my personality and who I am. And it really exists and it goes way beyond losing your keys a few times a year. 

Some things I hope people understand. 

Note: I am medicated for it. That's why it almost never seems like I actually have it. 

1) MY MIND NEVER SHUTS UP
My brain goes about a million miles per minute and I'm constantly have at least 20 things on my mind. All at once
2) SIMPLE DIRECTIONS ARE BETTER
Because if you try to tell me five different ways how to get there I'll never get it 
3) I DISLIKE BEING WATCHED WHAT I AM DOING 
Don't watch me on my phone or my iPod or read over my shoulder because I will stop what I'm doing 
4) I AM AN EMPATH
I can feel what you're feeling. I know if you're not okay if you say you are. I also know sympathy well
5) FACEBOOK HELPS ME
Ironic I know.  But when I check Facebook it clears my mind 
6) THINGS TAKE ME FOREVER TO DO
Two reasons: one I procrastinate. A lot. And two I need a block of time before I actually start
7) BASIC THINGS TAKE ME FOREVER 
Making my bed: no never happening who has time for that
Counting things: "did I say six already? Better start again"
Math: three tries and a different answer every time 
8) IF I SAY I LOVE YOU I REALLY DO LOVE YOU
It might not always seem like it because I don't always act it. But trust me. I do
9) NOTHING I SAY IS PERSONAL
I'll always be a mess and things are almost always never organized. I say stupid things. But it don't mean much. I'm not insensitive I just have ADHD 
10) I HAVE TROUBLE SITTING STILL
sitting still doesn't really work for me too well I get fidgety and start losing focus in like two seconds 
11) I AM AWESOME AT HIDING MY FEELINGS AND EFFECTS OF MY ADHD
Even if I say I'm okay I might not be. And just because I'm sitting still doesn't mean twenty things are not on my mind all at once. 
12) IF YOU DO NOT WRITE DATES AND REMINDERS DOWN I WILL FORGET 
Even simple things like taking out the trash 
13) ONE THING AT A TIME
Because if you tell me to do more than one thing at a time nothing gets done 
14) I AM IMPULSIVE 
I make some crappy decisions I know I shouldn't do but do anyways because while I am an adult I think and sometimes act like a teenager. It's impulsive and I can't always stop myself before I actually do it. Because half the time I don't think before I do things. 

And well. That's all I got. Until I remember more later. So that's me. Living with my ADHPT.

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