My ADHD Life
Winston Salem, North Carolina
November 29, 2017 10:17am CST
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Most of us, at least here in the United States, are familiar with this particular disorder. Many people have been diagnosed with it, and there are a variety of medications available that are used to help normalize behaviour. Over the years, I’ve been exposed to the lists of common behaviours that are associated with ADHD, and I always have to laugh, since virtually everyone I have ever been close to, family or otherwise, have at one time or another struggled with the symptoms of this particular disorder. I had high hopes that, beginning with the new school year, my life would lose some of the frenzy that has characterized reality for the past several years. My oldest child had flown from the nest, my two middle were both enrolled in college and equipped with their own transportation. My life was going to revolve around the needs of my youngest daughter. I would be providing transportation for her to and from work on the days that she wasn’t able to ride with an older sibling, and the rest of the day would be focused on facilitating her education and keeping the ship of home afloat. One phone call, on the last day of August, obliterated my hopes for calmness and serenity (if it hadn’t been that phone call, I’m sure it would have been something else). My daily schedule again includes running hither and yon and exercising my organizational skills to make sure I don’t have to be in two different towns at the same time (that almost happened yesterday) and don’t end up driving unnecessary miles. Some days I’m sure the neighbours wonder about how often I drive up and down my own driveway. Other days I find myself sitting in parking lots. Waiting. Between it all, I entertain the dog, attempt to keep my house in some semblance of order, keep my family fed and attempt to stay on top of the outside activities I really thought I was going to have more time for. Oh well. At least life isn’t boring.
11 people like this
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
It's funny how folks think if you are retired or don't have a 9-to-5 that you have nothing to do. With Becky staying at her mom's I have to cook and transport all their meals and run a lot of errands in their behalf. On top of that her 18-year old grandson broke his big toe this weekend and I have had to mother-hen him as well as taking him to the doctor. Golden years? Where?
• El Paso, Texas
Although I've heard the term many times I do have to wonder exactly what it really is. When I hear Hyperactivity it reminds me of how I was in my late teens and early 20s, but isn't that normal? So now I'm wondering what Attention Deficit really is, I may have had that when I was a pre teen, all my teachers complained to ma that I wasn't paying attention and that I was daydreaming. Isn't that normal too? Sometimes I think these "mental attitudes" are more normal than people think and no pills or meds are required.