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understanding adhd and what it feels like

Everyone is not “a little bit ADHD.” And, no, this isn’t a medical fad. To understand what it really feels like to live with symptoms of attention defict, read this honest talk from ADDitude readers.

It is like watching a PowerPoint presentation that never stops. I tell someone something and, in the middle of a sentence, I go blank. It is embarrassing to have to ask the other person what you were talking about. People look at me and often think, “The lights are on, but clearly no one is home.

Having ADHD does not “feel like” anything. Unlike a physical problem — a broken bone, say — ADHD is invisible. People offer sympathy when you are in pain. Trying to explain ADHD without seeming to make excuses is tough. Perhaps if someone were to create a “sling” or “splint” for ADHD, the public might have more sympathy for having the condition.