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ADHD is not something that you can easily detect in a person. It is invisible and it comes with many faces. The symptoms of ADHD exist on a spectrum; no two people with ADHD display them in exactly the same way. Some people may have the same experience, some may not. Some were diagnosed early; some were not until they reached adulthood.
By definition, ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a condition caused by an unusual development of the brain. It affects the person’s attention span and self-control. People with this condition are usually hyperactive, sensitive, unable to focus and easily distracted. Often times, these symptoms were misunderstood as a personality and/or an attitude problem.
People with ADHD find it extremely difficult to explain their condition to other people as they are also struggling to figure out what is happening inside their heads. How do you explain to someone that you are unable to concentrate no matter how hard you try? People will just assume that you are not trying hard enough rather than allude it to an actual problem with the brain. Books may tell us this and that, but they do not give us a full understanding of what people with this condition is going through.
Having ADHD is like having an extremely active mind – the brain is so active that you wish you could shut it out and make it stop just for a moment. It is akin to having bees constantly buzzing around inside your head, only that, the buzzing translates to thoughts and ideas that may or may not make sense at all. It is as if your brain is a computer that keeps on crashing. It lags and then it works fast, opening multiple tabs then it lags again so you try to close it, but nothing is responding. It is like a massive traffic jam in your head with all the non-stop honking and shouting. Having ADHD throws your head into chaos, with no respite nor rest at any given moment, no matter how hard you try.
When caught in these types of situations, people with ADHD tend to space out. The multitude of information that they need to process inside their brain makes them distracted and preoccupied. You can often observe them staring into space and become unresponsive to the people around them which is why they are often being tagged as slow or rude when they require multiple attempts in order to catch their attention.
As there are a lot of things going on in their heads, people with ADHD also tend to be more hyperactive and unfocused. Their attention shift from one thing to another rapidly. This often gets them into trouble particularly at work and school because it may result in unfinished tasks. This is also why they are often being misunderstood as lazy, unproductive and unorganized.
It is difficult to understand what it is like to have ADHD but believe me, these people are trying their very best. We may not see it, but it does not mean that their effort and struggles are not there. They are often frustrated with themselves when they cannot seem to control their thoughts, their words and their actions. They may come off as arrogant and rude but understand that they are not actually like that.