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29 Things Only a Person with ADHD Would Understand

Living with ADHD gives the gift of so much awkwardness every day. Learn to laugh along with your condition.

1. The feeling that you might explode if you don’t let the words come out of your mouth. All of the words. Right. Now.

Wanted to say all the words

2. Keeping track of a conversation with Venn diagrams, because you’re only two sentences in and your brain is already flooded.

Drawing Venn diagrams

3. The blank space that appears in your mind when you’re asked a question while thinking about something else. It has a sound too: “Uhhhhhhhhh.”

Struggling to answer a question


4. The panic that comes when your office manager asks at the weekly meeting, “Who’s been using all the Post-its?”

Anxious man stealing all the Post-its

5. Coworkers kindly point out stray Post-its that get stuck to the side of your head.

Man with Post-it on his head

6. The occasional realization that grownups actually do iron their clothes, but that has absolutely no effect on whether you do.

Man with wrinkled clothes

7. Obsessive adherence to a system, and the extremes you’ll go to to keep anyone from messing with it. Until you get bored and just don’t care anymore.

Man abandoning colleagues on see-saw

8. Hyperventilating when you look at a calendar, especially after forgetting you even had one. And, uhhhhh … you might have missed some stuff.

Man stressed out about planning

9. Taking 45 minutes to pick out a pair of black socks at the store because OMG all of the socks!

Choosing socks

10. Doing the dishes, and every other chore at the same time. (Good thing I’m vacuuming now because I found everything the kids stuffed under the sofa and … Wait a minute, did I feed the goldfish? Oh hey, I need to look up that one thing on the Internet about fish tanks … and maybe I’ll just top off the fish tank with some water in the kitchen and … OMG THE DISHES! THE SINK IS OVERFLOWING! Wait, where did I put the goldfish?)

Man distracted with chores

11. That one time you found your phone in the fridge.

Leaving iPhone in the fridge

12. An inexplicable urge to ride your bike around the neighborhood. At midnight.

Riding a bike at midnight

13. Cleaning out your wallet and finding receipts from 1998 … the last time you cleaned out your wallet.

Cleaning wallet

14. You wake up at 7 a.m., but you’re not really awake until 10, when the stimulant meds and maybe some ill-advised caffeine kick in.

Falling asleep at work

15. Waking up at 6 a.m. and shooting out of bed like a pebble from a slingshot screaming “HEY GUYS! MIND IF I VACUUM?”

Vacuuming early in the morning

16. The amount of time that passes between an idea popping into your head and your need to act on that impulse is about the width of a hair.

Having an idea and then acting on it

17. You know that the easiest way to clean any room is to throw everything away.

Throwing everything away

18. Pre-diagnosis, your favorite beverage was Mountain Dew, and your favorite time of day was 3 a.m.

Drinking soda

19. The best pet for you is one that reminds you when it needs to be fed.

Pets needing to be fed

20. Your high school career can be summed up by: “class clown,” last minute miracles (and disasters) passing for homework, and lots of detention for being late to school.

High school

21. Parties make for sensory overload, because there’s a thing over there. And a person over there. And a stuffed mushroom over there!

Dancing at a party

22. You keep 26 windows open on your computer.

Too many windows open

23. The future is now. No, not later, now. Right now!

The future is now

24. In sight, in mind. But out of sight, out of mind. If the pants drawer is closed, those pants don’t exist. Therefore, I shall not wear pants.

No pants

25. The song “Let’s Do The Time Warp” from Rocky Horror Picture Show has special meaning for you.

Time Warp

26. The only reason you’re not super good at playing the piano is because you’re dedicated to the trombone first. But before that comes the ukulele.

Playing instruments

27. You have to rewash your last load of laundry because you forgot it was in the washer.

Rewashing clothes

28. Paying your kids to do household chores would be a great idea, except they have ADHD too. (So next thing you know, the living room is riddled with Nerf bullets and you’re realizing you’re out of ammo, but the kids are still packing some Nerf heat! And nobody’s cleaning.)

Kids causing chaos

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29. When your mental filter kicks in two seconds too late, and you’ve just complimented a confused stranger in the grocery store line on his cabbage.

Complimenting stranger on cabbage

Posted by: Dr.Health

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