This year, for the Holidailies event, I’ll be making an alphabetical list of ADHD related things. Last year, I wrote whatever came to mind. This year, I’m focusing on writing 500 words per post (very ADHD friendly) and to go through the whole of the alphabet. If you have any ideas for upcoming letters, post them in the comments!
ADHDailies 1: ADHD
It’s handy that ADHD also starts with the first letter of the alphabet, that makes this start so much easier, especially since I’m without a voice today and I’ve been ill all week. I kind of pushed myself to a limit that I couldn’t match last weekend… One of the hazards of a brain like mine.
ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or, in Dutch, Alle Dagen Heel Druk (Every Day Very Active), which is fun because it fits the acronym perfectly.
I’m diagnosed with ADD, or ADHD-inattentive type, I’m not busy or always moving, at least not physically, but I’m easily distracted and tend to get lost in my head or ramble on too long. This is why I’m forcing myself to stick to 500 words per post, because it’s a challenge for me and because I know that most people with ADHD tend to get distracted fairly quickly.
I’m dedicating this month to ADHD, my experiences, knowledge, and other ADHD related things. 2017 has taught me a lot about ADHD, my own relationship with my brain and I’ve had to reconsider a lot about myself and my brain. So, I only found it fair to end the year focusing on different aspects of the things I’ve done, learned and experienced.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder, this means that our brains are wired a little differently and that we tend to learn but also grow up a little differently from people around us. This isn’t always immediately obvious. Sure, if you do have the hyperactive type, then people tend to comment on it sooner. But for people with the inattentive or combination type, it can take longer. I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 19 years old.
I have a combination of ADD and autism, which makes my brain work a little differently even from some of the other people that I know who have ADHD or who have autism. I’ve found my strengths with it, combining the two, but there are enough struggles that I still have to deal with, which are made worse by both in different ways. Always a fun day in my brain.
ADHD is diagnosed about three times as much in boys as it is in girls, in some ways because our symptoms tend to be different, but also because ADHD is associated more with boys than it is with girls, so a busy girl might not get diagnosed but a boy who portrays the same symptoms may very well be diagnosed years earlier. This can be very difficult for girls and women, both because of the gender-bias in diagnosing, but also because people tend to take women with ADHD much less serious about their struggles than men, because ADHD is men is much more accepted and has been common knowledge for much longer.
ADHDaily 1, ADHD, some things about me and what I know about ADHD. More tomorrow!
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