Many people live with ADHD. They may have it themselves or have a loved one who struggles with ADHD. For those who don’t know what ADHD is, it’s called Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. So yes, it’s in the mental family that can cause above normal levels of hyperactivity and impulsive behaviors. In short, people living with ADHD never get a moment where their brains don’t feel like it’s constantly working in overdrive. I didn’t learn until I attended college that I suffer from this disorder. Children and adults can suffer from this disorder. The most challenging aspect of ADHD for me is concentration.
My brain is all over the place. I’ll be thinking a thought and then jump ahead about 1000 paces. If you want a prime example of this, imagine writing about your day, and somewhere along the way, you fast-forward information that no one else gets but you. That’s how my brain works. I can be focused and then distracted easily. It’s almost like having a sports event going on in my mind where the competition fakes me out, and I force myself to restrategize my next move.
It took years for me to comprehend what ADHD meant for my life. For example, many people who have ADHD suffer from some of the following problems. The following information is taken directly from WebMD.
“Compulsive eating. Having ADHD often means you struggle to set limits on your behavior (like eating). What’s more, ADHD usually lowers your level of dopamine, the hormone involved in your brain’s pleasure center. So gorging on food is a way to temporarily raise your dopamine levels and get that good feeling again.” I didn’t believe this information at first, but when I realized that I was eating more than I should and gaining weight, I found the truth in this tip.
“Anxiety. Worry that won’t go away and keeps you from living your life like you want to is a sign of anxiety. About half of adults with ADHD also have an anxiety disorder. Sometimes your ADHD symptoms cause that on-edge feeling. When that’s the case, treating your ADHD also helps your anxiety.” This tip made sense to me because I worry about the small things more than I should. When I realized that there were valid reasons, I was worrying and stressed that knowledge helps me fight this battle daily.
“Substance Misuse. The same “thrill-seeking” behavior that leads to out-of-control eating can play a role in the overuse and misuse of drugs and alcohol. Doctors think there may be a link between ADHD and drug or alcohol use disorders.” This is one topic that I’ve had to tighten the reigns on in my life. I’m not going to lie and tell you I’m not too fond of alcohol. The opposite is true. Yet, I am acutely aware that I have to control the substance or allow the substance to govern me.
“Chronic Stress. Your ADHD symptoms can be stressful. Your stress level likely stays up for longer than most when you have the disorder. Over time, stress can lead to other issues like:
- Muscle tension and pain
- Breathing problems
- Heart issues
- Trouble controlling your blood sugar
- Digestion issues” The older I’ve gotten, the more accurate these symptoms have become. The key is figuring out what symptoms you have and learning how to become proactive. ADHD has no cure, but it doesn’t have to be a horrible disease.
What amazes me is that some people think those who have ADHD are not intelligent or lazy. The fact is that some of the most intelligent people in the world have had ADHD. It takes a lot of strength to fight a mental impairment.
When a person struggles to focus, they may have trouble in school or hold down a job. They might struggle in relationships or even struggle with sexual encounters. These problems are not uncommon. It’s essential to identify what the struggles are so that people can implement treatments.
I covered some of the symptoms that I found on WebMD, but there are many sources available. If you suffer from this disorder, I urge you to find out everything you can about treatment options. I worked in a doctor’s office years ago and watched many families put their kids on medication to help treat their symptoms. Some of these children needed the medication, while others were almost robotic from adverse reactions. Some of the children suffered from increased depression, while others seemed to do fine. The main thing is to ask many questions and pay attention to the symptoms—research everything. Please don’t take my word for what you need to do. I can tell you what it’s like for me with ADHD, but I can’t tell you what you may experience or what someone you love experiences with this disorder.
When I finally figured out what was happening, my world began to make sense. I could identify why I was bouncing off the walls and couldn’t process information like others. That helped me to change my life for the better. I still struggle with certain aspects of ADHD, but I’m not willing to let it run my life for me. Instead, I choose to use the tools ADHD has equipped me with and forging forward. After all, learning how to focus is helping me in ways I never imagined, and this is one time in my life that I’m grateful for ADHD. Without suffering from this disorder, I don’t think I would be pushing so hard to conquer some of the most tedious assignments I’ve ever had. Instead, my ADHD is propelling me to reach for my dreams. I hope those of you who struggle with this can find ways to use this information to help you in your quest to gain more control over its hold on you. Have a great day, everyone.
Disclaimer: All information in quotes came directly from WebMD.