I think if they had a ‘so called’ genre or category on types of influencers on the internet, there should be one called ‘Internet Personality with ADHD’ 🙂
I just think I belong there personally, and when I read or listen to some of the influencers out there, I hear a hint (or a even a blast of ADHD) coming through in the personalities that exist out there. Now, ADHD is not a label that is good or bad. It is what it is. In fact, it has been proven that many CEO’s, inventors, entrepreneurs, extraverts etc. have ADHD.
As I sit here scrolling through the possibilities of how to classify my online presence, nothing seems to fit, yet I know I need to pigeon hole myself into a label. That in itself, proves to you that I have ADHD. We are not that great with being pigeon holed with anything. Which by the way, who the hell came up with that analogy? When I translate that analogy into another language it sounds so ridiculous!!! Almost as bad as shooting a fish in a barrel? I would like to know if the person coming up with these sayings has ADHD.
I make fun of ADHD for the purposes of making fun of myself only. ADHD is no laughing matter, especially with parents who have to raise children with ADHD. I was one of those parents. I remember crying almost everyday, because I had no idea why my son was upset. That’s the thing. Neither do they. That’s the frustrating thing. The physical actions that follow the outbursts can be downright scary sometimes, and if it weren’t for medication, you know you would be pulled into the pathological world of thought. Putting your child on medication for this illness is one of the hardest things to do, but the best thing you will ever do for your child. Stop feeling guilty about it. This is not your fault. I know you are blaming yourself somehow. I know I did. Especially once I cleared with the doctor that he did not drop my son upon delivery! At first, the side effects of the medication will scare you. Your child will seem out of it, zombie-like, tired all the time, want to sleep, seem depressed. However, once you get over the 4-8 week hump, you will be over the worst part. Also, remember that both with myself and my son, we had to go through different dosages and medications for a year before we found the right combination, so please be patient. This will very rarely work on the first try.
A couple of months ago, I had someone ask me what it was like to have ADHD. I also read this question on Quora (www.quora.com). The responses were spot on. However, there is one response that I can relate to the most. It was a response by Ed Hallowell, psychiatrist. “Having ADHD is like having a Ferrari for a brain with bicycle brakes”. Someone with ADHD, TOTALLY can relate to that. However, a person without the illness may still be confused by the analogy, so what I did is start to write a book that is written in the words and thoughts of a person with ADHD. What that means is, chapter 1 may be chapter 4, the beginning may be the end, the end the beginning, the topics will be all over the map, grammar and spelling will be horrible. There will be run-on sentences, run-on paragraphs, run on thoughts and mind. There will be a process, a checklist, vivid descriptions, emotional ups and downs, beauty and despair throughout the book. It will read as a fiction, but it will be a true story. A story of a \girl, who grew up with ADHD and who learned to make it work and used it to her advantage to create success in life.
I hope you love it as much as I do!
If you or someone you love has ADHD, I would love to hear your story. Please post/share : firstname.lastname@example.org