Decoded : What It’s Like To Live With ADHD Mind

ADHD mind (image credit : ChangeMakr Asia)
Approximately 7.2 percent of children worldwide have ADHD, while about 3.4 percent of adults are estimated to have diagnosed or undiagnosed ADHD. October is ADHD awareness Month. Join us in understanding the world from person live with ADHD. 
ADHD is a term that commonly used to describe the brain condition that affects the way you act and focus.  ADHD is usually diagnosed in school-aged children, but it can continue to cause problems into adulthood.
ADHD term itself is an inaccurate and (potentially) corrosive name. The term ‘deficit disorder’ places ADHD in the realm of pathology, or disease. ADHD, in fact, has a range of presentations and wide rage of severity,  and often difficult to understand. Adults and children are often labeled as unmotivated, lazy, or even apathetic.
The truth is, person with ADHD have an abundance of attention, but facing a challenge in controlling it. No two people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) present the exact same way, but there are commonalities. The vast majority of adults with ADHD, for instance, aren’t hyperactive on the outside, but on the inside.
Understanding what a person with ADHD feels will help us become more patient, tolerant, compassionate and supportive. This is what it’s like to live with ADHD mind : 

1.  Many tasks going on at the same time

Due to the constant activity in their mind, once a task is finished, they are are ready to move on to the next task without closing up the prior task. The more going on at once, the better. Multi-tasking is one of their favourite activities 
people with ADHD multitasking (image credit : Dani Donovan / Facebook)
people with ADHD multitasking (image credit : Dani Donovan / Facebook)

2. Mental paralysis happens often

Their intense mind and emotions are hard to regulate. This can quickly lead to feelings of being overwhelmed, procrastination, and avoidance, and ultimately results in problems with productivity. Even if the person is able to begin the task, they may have great difficulty staying alert and persisting in this effort.
ADHD paralysis
ADHD paralysis (image credit : Dani Donovan / Facebook)

3. Completing Tasks can feel like A Burden   

Making decisions or completing tasks on time is a struggle. Not because they are lazy or irresponsible, but because their mind are full of options and possibilities. Choosing one can be problematic. it’s easy to avoid making decisions because they are over-thinkers. They obsess ad dwell in the depths of their own minds. 
Dwell in the depths of their minds (image credit : Dani Donovan / Facebook)
Dwell in the depths of their minds (image credit : Dani Donovan / Facebook)

4.  Active mind and often concentrate too intensely   

The ADHD brain doesn’t stop. There’s no on/off switch. There are no brakes that bring it to a halt. When the doors of their mind open, the person with ADHD dives in like a scuba diver jumping into the deep ocean. Often, they have difficulty stopping the task  when you are in the zone. And just like that, under the deep ocean is where people with ADHD stay for hours. Even when their oxygen is running low, they won’t come up for air until they’re almost out of oxygen. 
ADHD Active mind (image credit : Dani Donovan / Facebook)
ADHD Active mind (image credit : Dani Donovan / Facebook)

5. Everything is magnified    

The emotions, thoughts, words, and touch of a person with ADHD is powerful. Everything is magnified. This is a blessing when channeled properly. When a person with ADHD does something, they do it with their heart and soul. They are intense, perceptive, and deep. Hence it is important for other people to understand how they think and feel. 
(image credit : Dani Donovan / Facebook)
(image credit : Dani Donovan / Facebook)

Why is ADHD Awareness Important ? 

Too often the myth that ADHD is “not a real disorder” lingers, leaving children and adults with the diagnosis feeling stigmatised. Together we can break the stage and show the world the many different faces of ADHD. With deeper understanding, empathy, treatment, and support, people with ADHD can and do live happy and successful lives.
It’s our mission to help people with ADP to move beyond self-criticism and to appreciate the strengths – creativity, curiosity, generosity – that individuals with ADHD brings to our society. 
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