A conversation I had with my parents
Me and my ADHD ass: mom, in a biology, we had a question about dopamine and I was hihi I know I know
Dad with undiagnosed ADHD: what is dopamine?
Me: what we don't have normally
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There will always be that person. At one point you'll meet them.
You will tell them you have ADHD. You will share your struggles with them. And at first. You think they're cool.
But then they start giving advice. Based on their neurotypical experiences.
"I used to struggle with that until I..."
And they'll tell you to stop eating sugar. They'll tell you to do yoga. They'll tell you that you have to delete social media.
They'll tell you all this crap. And when you don't follow their advice, they'll start thinking that all these struggles you deal with are your own fault.
Worse is that at some point, they might get into your head. You start thinking that maybe it is your fault. Maybe your sleep is shit bc you're on ur phone before bed. Maybe you should stop drinking soda, and then everything will get better. Maybe it is the fault of social media that you can't focus.
But it's not. None of those shitty excuses are the reason you're struggling.
You have ADHD. And people gotta stop acting that we are in control of that.
So when you meet that person. The one that starts giving you ways to fix you. Ignore it.
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i travelled away from my family for just a WEEK for a leadership program.
i thrived there, was an amazing leader and follower, and was told so by supervisors and was given so much positive feedback.
the day i got back home i'm bombarded with negative feedback about how uncapable i am, that i can't function on my own, that i don't know how to take initiative, that i'm unreliable, etc... :)
i'm not saying i'm perfect, but maybe the environment has an affect on an individuals performance.
it fucking sucks when you're admired and validated in every setting EXCEPT the one place that counts.
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We need to talk more about this.
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you: i don’t really have sensory issues
hates your least favorite food because of the texture
wears the same 5 year old bra every day
wearing lots of jewelry irritates you
hates touching wet/soggy things
wore your socks inside out as a kid/always wear the same kind of socks
why won't that ticking noise stop!!
despises shirts with rough tags
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Ok so I've found a way to describe what Neurodivergent Can't Do Task Mode™ feels like to neurotypicals
So you know how you can't make yourself put your hand down on a hot stovetop? There's a part of your brain that stops you from doing that? That's what Neurodivergent Can't Do Task Mode™ feels like
Even if we want to do it, there's a barrier stopping us from doing it, and it's really hard to override
And why does our brain see the task as a hot stovetop? Because when neurotypicals finish a task, they get serotonin, but we don't get that satisfaction after completing a task. A neurotypical wouldn't get serotonin from putting their hand on a hot stovetop, it would just hurt. When we can't do a task, it's because our brain knows that the task will hurt (metaphorically) and wants to avoid that.
It's not that we're choosing not to do the task, it's that our brain is physically preventing us from doing it.
Neurotypicals can and should reblog but please don't add anything
(Sorry/not sorry about the random bolding, it makes it easier for us to read)
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PEOPLE WITH ADHD WHO HAVE ONLINE CLASS I HAVE JUST DISCOVERED A BREAKTHROUGH IN FOCUSING TECHNOLOGY:
This extension lets you doodle on any webpage just like you would doodle on a piece of paper in class to focus. I just added it to my chrome and it's been a godsend. I watched an 11 minute video on LDAP servers without getting distracted once! I don’t know if other browsers offer this specific app as an extension but I know for sure it’s offered through chrome. I hope this helps other people as much as it’s helped me!
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Having ADHD is that your brain either feels like
And it can switch in a matter of seconds.
Edit: I can't believe my most popular post was a minute idea I had in a day where I was utterly depressed and like the left one.
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Just found this on insta and...
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Do The Task™ ADHD edition:
1. write down the tasks you have to do
2. separate each task into smaller tasks (ex. Clean room- pick up clothes, fold clothes, put clothes away. Pick up shoes, put shoes away. Get trash bin, put trash in trash bin, put trash bin back.”
3. lie to yourself with the “might as well method” tell yourself you only have to do the very first task like “pick up clothes”, now you’re already in a position to fold (or just put away) the clothes, so “might as well do *insert next step to task here*”
4. Continue using the “might as well method” until all tasks are complete
5. Give yourself a reward (candy, watch a show, play a game)
6. Drink water you dehydrated neurodivergent :)
7. seriously, drink water, you’re gonna die
i also use small timers on my phone to help with the process going faster, like a game. Ex: “how many shirts can i fold before this timer ends?” or “if i don’t put all my shoes away before this timer ends, i’m gonna die”
this also works with songs :)
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ADHD studying tips from someone who actually has it
• Put something heavy on your lap to discourage you from standing up and walking away. Weighted blanket, Pencil case, large wooden cutting board, you name it!
• Use a blank piece of paper to cover the problems you aren't working on.
This will reduce the number of inattentive mistakes you make, and make you less likely to get distracted by other things on the page
• Chew gum or suck on a lozenge/lollipop
To stop keep your mouth busy, and reduce the likelihood of you checking the fridge... again
• Have an extra pen to write down ideas
If you get distracted by your own exciting ideas, write them down on your hand or a notepad so you don't forget them. This will make it so you don't spend all your time worrying about forgetting them
• If you need to do research, do it on a computer
If you do it on your phone you're 100% guaranteed to fall down a tumblr rabbit hole. This isn't a perfect fix, but it's slightly easier to break away from a Wikipedia page on Shrimp fried rice on a laptop, than a social media app on your phone that is wired to keep you hooked.
• Don't interrupt your hyperfocus
This one is just my personal experience. If you're hyperfocused on a project you need to finish, don't use a timer to schedule breaks (ex: Pomodoro technique) because once you break out of hyperfocus, it will be infinitely harder to start working again when you're no longer in hyperfocus
This is not a comprehensive list! Feel free to add more of your own and good luck studying! :D
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Arts and crafts are perfect for adhd folk bc there's an immediate and visual progress.
Cut fabric, sew it together. You just made clothing.
Put some beads on some twine. You just made jewelry.
You can see your productivity.
Chores are the opposite. Yes, your kitchen is clean now. But you'll cook again that evening or the next day and you'll have to start over. Yes, you vacuumed. But two days later it's dusty again. Laundry done, until next week.
Chores never end.
But arts and crafts, nobody can undo the thing you made. You can hold it up and say "look. I made this. I did the productivity today" and nothing quite beats that serotonin rush.
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Parents of children with ADHD/ADD any kind of neurodivergence, your kids are very likely to forget things very fast and would prefer gentle reminders instead of constant scolding/yelling. Please don't tell your child to stop making excuses, and mockingly saying, "oHHH, I fOrGoT." because most of the time we have truly forgotten that you asked us to do something. Don't invalidate your children, please.
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sorry to interrupt but!!
rewind the show 80 times to hear what they said in that one sentence because you still don’t know
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the thought of poc percy is awesome but may i ask for an actual adhd person to be casted? im tired of seeing neurotypical people playing neurodivergent characters and butchering them (looking at u Music)
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Adhd wheel of fortune 2 :
(cause the last one apparently did well)
1. I can and will tap my fingers on the desk but if you do it I will 🗡 stab 🗡️you🗡️ in 🗡️the 🗡️eye🗡️
2. Background noise will help you focus. Background noise will also make you want to commit arson. You don't get to choose
3. *finds new stim* sQUEEZES every last drop of happy juice by aggressively stimming.
4. SeNsOrY oVeRlOaD
5. In the same vein, AuDitOrY isSuEs
6. You think you're focusing on your work. In reality, you're focusing on focusing on your work. Or trying to.
7. I want ramen but making it has like 42 steps so I will just sit on my couch and stay hungry.
8. *Walks around like a 🧍Sims character🧍 because cannot fucking focus*
10. *someone talking about something* "OH, I have a similar story from-" *rude stare because you interrupted* "o-oh, sorry go on"
11. *thinks about a stim* *starts consciously doing it* oh god, oh fuck, I'm just fAKING it I dOnt have adhd
12. YOUR FAVE CHARACTER IS 100% THE ONE WITH ADHD. it happens before you even realize why.
13. Talking ☝️with 👋your 🤏hands 👌🤲👏
Heh look, 13 reasons why-
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adhd time perception is so weird. like it’ll be monday, but it’s the end of the day so it’s tuesday. tuesday is in the middle of the week so it’s wednesday. wednesday is just so so close to thursday so it’s thursday. thursday is the end of the week so it’s friday. friday is the weekend so it’s saturday. the weekends is so short so saturday and sunday are blurred, and it’s sunday. it is monday, but it is sunday
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oh my fuck did y’all know that adhd meds are less effective during menstruation?????????
this is important and helpful information why did no one tell me
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