Monday, March 4, 2013

ADHD Sucks

ADHD is not a joke.

It is not a "senior moment".

It is not a matter of "I'd lose my head if it wasn't attached", or "I'm such a spaceshot today, must be  the ADD."

Every day, all over the web, especially on places like Facebook, people rant and rave and rally in the name of justice and equality. They support human rights issues, LGBT issues, issues of class and race and gender equality. But through all this, ADHD remains a joke to so many people. It's sickening to think that an estimated 12% of the world's population (Yep, the numbers are that high. That's 1 in 8 people folks) are a laughing stock to people that claim to be so enlightened and politically correct.

If you think having an "ADD moment" sucks, try living with them your whole life. Every day. Without exception. Think about having to be medicated just to focus enough to get through simple tasks that are vital to a persons existence or having to create coping mechanisms so you don't end up locked out of your house every week when you forget your keys. Think about struggling with your job, your relationships, and your sense of self-worth because you can't regulate your emotions. The list goes on.

Sounds pretty awful, doesn't it?

Trust me. It is.

ADHD sucks. MY ADHD sucks, and I actually consider myself one of the lucky ones. At least I have some clue as to what the hell is going on with me. I often suffer in silence, but so many others suffer in silence without people in their lives that support and love them. Did I mention that I consider myself one of the lucky ones?

So the next time you'd like to to chuckle and blame your little shortcomings of mind or memory on ADD, give some thought to those people whose lives are often overwhelmed by their little shortcomings.

I feel much better now.

This rant has now concluded.

Feel free to go about your business.


Blogger Katie Ortega said...

I feel you!!!!

May 30, 2013 at 12:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed!! What makes me more upset is when so-called "educated" people say that ADHD is an excuse for laziness., actually, it's a neurological dysfunction. Yeah, it sucks! Hang in there though, looks like you found your art to help you through it. Just like me. :) Cheers!

October 2, 2013 at 2:28 AM  
Blogger None said...

I agree with you 100%.
It totally sucks.

November 16, 2013 at 12:19 AM  
Blogger John Malcolm Gillis said...

I understand completely! It is probably the most stigmatized of mental conditions. On the bright side, ADHD sufferers tend to be highly intelligent, even though their peers may not recognize it. I had the misfortune of working in a job where I was considered the 'village idiot' by co-workers who were going nowhere in their careers. When I was promoted out of there, not only did I find myself in an engineering role in a highly collaborative company, my pay is also double that of my former 'peers'. Don't ever think that ADHD will limit you - you can always find a workaround!

September 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Ashleigh Thompson said...

i agree i feel like i am loosing my job because of my ADHD... it destroys your life... right now i just want to jump on a bus and leave to a place doesn't make you do mistakes and you can be yourself where nobody can make a mockary of you i hate my ADHD it just sucks i wish i was a normal person

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