WHen you think about ADHD most people think of children. However, Approximately 5% of Adults in the USA have ADHD.
An easy to understand explanation of ADHD is “ADHD is a neurological disorder associated with a pattern of excessive inactivity in the frontal lobes of the brain. It is characterized by distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.” The symptoms include an inability to focus, being easily distracted, hyperactivity, poor organization skills, and impulsiveness. Not everyone who has ADHD has all these symptoms.
As an adult living with ADHD I can attest to most of those symptoms describing me to a “T.” There are three basic types of ADHD: Hyperactive-Impulsive type, Inattentive, and Combination. The only symptom on that list that doesn’t personally describe me would be the hyperactivity. I have the Inattentive variety.
What’s Wrong With Me?
My whole life I thought that there was something seriously wrong with my brain. Things that came easy to other people such as remembering a list of 2 or 3 items, grabbing the leftovers that were just packed up for me at a restaurant, putting shoes on my child before we left the house…The list goes on. Yes, those are actual examples, and things like that would happen pretty much daily. There were also many other smaller things such as having something in my hand at home, then somehow losing it, and never finding it again.
I had no idea that I had ADHD until my oldest son was diagnosed when he was 7 years old. It became clear as I was present in the room when the doctor was administering the evaluation. As it went on I recognized so many of the markers of the condition in myself that it astounded me. Later that day I called my doctor that day to request an evaluation. The doctor referred me to a psychiatrist, and I made an appointment.
The appointment went as I figured it would go after watching my son’s evaluation. I left the appointment with a prescription for Ritalin in hand, and hope for the future.
The next day I filled the prescription, and my life changed. After I took the medication it was like a whole new part of my brain was opened up. The same day I realized how awful my life was before, like I had a layer of plastic over me, and everything was hazy and slippery. With the medication it was like the plastic was peeled off, and I could breathe. I always felt like I was a little different than other people, half a step behind everyone. After just one day I felt like I always imagined everyone else felt. It was amazing.
I hope that this article gave you a little window into the mind of an adult living with inattentive ADHD. Thanks for reading. If you’re looking for something else to read, check out my article about Inspiration.