A is for ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Inattentive type, Hyperactive/Impulsive type, Combined type.

The image is typically that of a pre-teen boy, literally climbing the walls at school. The reality is as varied as the types listed above; as individual as the millions of people who have the disorder.

ADHD is the teenage girl who hyperfocuses on reading and writing, does well academically, and sucks at making friends, keeping her locker and her bedroom organized, and doing her homework more than 12 hours before it’s due.

It’s the twenty-something accountant who jumps out of planes for fun on the weekends.

It’s the entrepreneur who flits from one project to the next, sticking with an idea only until it’s ready to meet the world.

It’s the little boy who struggles to learn to read because the pictures are more interesting than the words and he keeps losing his place.

It’s the little girl who keeps getting in trouble for talking in class.

It’s the disorganized fifty-something professional whose house is a disaster, whose marriage is a shambles, who is constantly broke despite having a well-paying job, who is late for everything all the time.

There are many faces of ADHD, and these are just a few of them. Share yours in the comments below.

October is ADHD Awareness Month.

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