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One of my biggest pet peeves about my disorder

Is when people think us sufferers are always hyperactive, and when they forget about the inattentive part. As a normally active person who, on the other hand, is inattentive, this gets on my nerves.

I can sit really really still, be quiet, and not bother anyone. But I have a really hard time paying attention. This means people think I am just lazy, and that I’m using ADHD as an excuse.

“But I don’t think you act like a person with ADD at all!” they say. “Maybe you just have some problems taking it all in!”

That’s a euphemism for stupid, by the way.


So why do I have this?

I have yet to figure out what caused the disorder for me, but I have done some research on the subject. This post pretty much sums it all up in a nutshell.

I don’t think my parents did anything wrong. It might have been dietary, it might have been environmental, but know that I grew up with loving parents in a very stable and calm environment. They did not act foolishly with a result in me.

I think that most people would look at genetics or psychology when determining the root cause of any disorder. We don’t know enough about ADHD to determine that that is the case, however. My personal belief is that ADHD comes from a genetic problem in the brain, since my own childhood was so idyllic. I just never paid much attention to anything from my days as an infant, and I’m still like that. Maybe it’s not even a problem, really? I would just like to conform to the way other people are functioning.

ADHD is a complex issue


Don’t think for a second that you’ll be able to look at a person and decide whether or not he or she has ADHD. The variations are just too great for anyone to do that. The illustration above presents how I think about the disorder.

Take me, for example. I have problems with processing information, and I have dyslexia (thank you, spellchecker), and I am inattentive. However, I am not hyperactive and I am most thankful for that.

That doesn’t make my personality any less ADHD than anyone else, however. The acronym is just a way to gather up the different pieces of a possible diagnosis into a single word, for ease of use. I found this article which explains it all quite well. Unfortunately, easily understanding something also means that few people will actually understand it.

I’ll return for more once I am finished gathering my thoughts on this subject. 🙂

A great welcome to me

My name is Sarah and I’m a 26 year old student from Leeds, UK. I started this blog to write about my life and how I deal with having ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Now, I’m no expert on the subject – far from it – but I do know a thing or two about how to handle ADHD without subjecting yourself to public humiliation or very strong medication.

First off, I thought I’d share a video which sums up what I think is the gist of understanding ADHD for people who don’t suffer from it.