You’re probably wondering what this blog is about. Well, at the risk of oversimplification, this is an attempt to connect with people living with ADHD and ADD. Ultimately, I would love for this site to become a hub for the ADD & ADHD community. With that in mind, I should say that my preliminary dream is for this blog to take on a democratic life of its own; But for now, with no community to speak of, I must shamelessly talk about myself.
I have never been formally diagnosed with either ADD or ADHD. For my entire life (I am now closing in on my 20s) I have exhibited what I perceive as many symptoms of both conditions: I constantly misplace items, I have trouble focusing on tasks for very long, I hate to be stagnant for certain periods of time, I have trouble completing tasks or personal goals, repetitive thoughts, trouble sleeping due to not being able to shut out stimuli, etc. In addition, there seems to be a family history of both conditions.
I have been told by many people that I likely have these conditions, and have taken a reliable online test on the matter that supported these claims.
While I somewhat noticed my tendencies throughout grade school there was no real arena where I was so challenged that I had to stand up to my symptoms. And so I coasted carelessly with my peers. It was not until high school that I was forced to begin the process of reining in my lack of focus and seemingly un-corkable fountain of energy. I attended a relatively rigorous private Jesuit high school and the demands of the academia forced me to begin to change my habits.
I struggled to balance studying and extracurricular activities as my life started to emit the aura of hectic rushing that now seems to permeate my day-to-day. To make a long story short, I slowly learned new techniques to accomplish goals despite my lack of a long attention span and other downsides. I joined the track and cross country teams so that I was running essentially year round – this did away with a great deal of my excessive energy. Essentially I learned to achieve tangible goals and built a high school career that I am very proud of.
Now, as I enter my second year of college, I have begun to realize that my symptoms seem to define many aspects of my personality and aspirations. I do, however, still feel that my core values and beliefs hold the most influence over my life. Nonetheless, my high motor, tendency to sprint from idea to idea, and other manifestations play a large role in my life.
And so, my personal spiel comes to an end. Again, I do not wish for this site to be about me and my experiences with ADD & ADHD primarily, but rather wish it to be some kind of a community dialogue for those like me. I also wish to document those parts of my life that I feel are very related to what I and others close to me perceive as my condition.
I plan to produce many posts that are relevant to our community: adding to the commentary on ADD & ADHD as written by those who live with the conditions is the main goal for this blog. Of course, this goal implies a community. If you have anything that you feel is relevant in any way to the topics of the blog please don’t hesitate to participate (or go off topic, for that matter). I would love for this to reach many people who can relate to my own and others experiences and therefore if you have any form of ADD &/or ADHD or love someone who does please participate.
I should add that I am in no way an expert on these conditions – I am quite fallible and if I mess up or you disagree with anything I put out there, please call me out on it.
Thanks everyone, and goodnight.