Some people close to me know that I have Attention Deficient Disorder. As far as I know, I have had it my entire life. I was diagnosed as a child while in the 3rd grade and re-diagnosed later in life at the age of 28. Everyone has an idea and preconceived notion on what ADD is, but I want to let you in on what it exactly means to live with ADD.
The most common thing heard when taking about ADD is people joking, 'Oh look a squirrel!'. Meaning individuals are having a discussion and the ADD sufferer sees a squirrel scurry by. The act of a furry woodland creature running amuck is just too much for the afflicted individual and is so exciting that he can no longer concentrate on the topic of the conversation and is withdrawn from it. It's super funny, right? NO! No it is not.
If you suffer from ADD you are nodding your head in agreement so fast, you are now worried that your head is going to fall off like a broken bobble head. I'm right, huh?
So what's a girl to do? I have gone the medication route, and if I need to stay focus for say a licensing test or something very important that is timed I will take them. However, this is rare. I haven't taken any medication for my ADD in 4 years now. I am not a fan on how it makes me feel.
I have realized that this is who I am. I love that I can think up an entire new blog post while driving to the grocery store. I look forward to getting home from work and trying out a new recipe I created in my head while going through files at work. I can be creative anytime, anywhere. My brain is not limited to thinking after my 9-5 job. It never turns off. It is a blessing and a curse.
Now, there are things that MUST get done in all areas of my life. My full time job, my blog, my clients I help as a travel agent, and my family. I have all of THAT turned on in my head all the time. And yes, it is my fault that I am involved in so much, but another joy of having ADD is I can not be bored. Ever. I can't handle boredom. So, I fill my life with things I love to do.
To stay on task I have a notebook I carry with me at all times. I have a page for every day. A normal planner would not work, as I can normally fill that college-ruled page up front and back with my thoughts for the day. Each day is a new page. If I don't finish something from the day before, it goes onto the new page. This has helped me enormously to stay on task. It's my lifeline.
Being able to pull my thoughts and ideas out of that crowded brain of mine and on to that notebook makes my thoughts so much more organized. Instead of bouncing around in my beautiful head, there they are in black and white. Here they won't get lost between 'where should we stay during our next Disney World vacation' and 'did I let the dog inside this morning or is he in this rain'? (I have this fear at least twice a week and I have never left the dog outside!)
I hope my little piece of the internet has given you some insight on what it is like to live with ADD. If you know someone who is affected, give them an extra hug and let them know you love them for who they are. If they told you they will do something for you, they will. Eventually. And reminders, when given correctly, are appreciated!