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Trapped With ADHD

Waiting for a storm
Waiting for a storm

I live half way between the equator and the north pole. Well, not quite, I’m a 40 minute drive from the 45th parallel.

Close enough though. I can say that “half way” thing without feeling like I’m lying. I’m not standing on the line, but I’m a stones throw from it in a global sense.

What that means is that I’m living in an area that experiences real winters. Frozen ponds, several feet of snow in a normal winter season, and daily high temperatures that are well below freezing are the things my winter days are made of.

And storms!

We have snow storms. I live on a peninsula that divides the Lake Huron water into the lake proper and Georgian bay, a body of water big enough to be a lake in its own right, but the sound that connects these two is so large that geographers have determined that it is one lake.

And that lake, and it’s bay, having me surrounded as it were, produce a powerful amount of snow. They call this snow area in the shadow of the lake “The Snow Belt.”

And what that means is that there are days when, due to falling and blowing snow, we don’t leave home much.

In my area we have a term for being stuck somewhere because of winter weather. It’s really quite a commonplace an occurrence, so of course there’s a phrase for it. If you can’t leave where you are because of winter weather and especially because of closed roads, you’re …

“And when you first realize you’re stuck, trapped, locked in so to speak, that’s exactly how it feels.”

Storm Stayed!

Now, you might think that being storm stayed and having ADHD would be my worst nightmare. Being unable to go out places, go do things, just leave the house, go anywhere, it should be like being forced to sit down and fill out a 20 page form. And when you first realize you’re stuck, trapped, locked in so to speak, that’s exactly how it feels.

But I’ve been experiencing this same thing for years, and I have found that, like many things that have to do with ADHD, you can alter your feelings by altering your perception.

It’s all in how you look at it

It usually takes very little thought to come up with a few dozen things I’ve been wanting to find time to do. And once I start looking for the things I need to accomplish one of those things, I usually find dozens more projects that I’ve been wanting to find time for.

Like so many situations that we have to deal with that are made different for those of us with ADHD, the perception, the way we look at them, can determine whether or not they’re a good situation or a bad one.

So here I sit … waiting for another storm day. I’ve got a few things that need doing the next time I’m storm stayed.

Trapped With ADHD


Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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APA Reference
Babcock, K. (2015). Trapped With ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 14, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-man/2015/01/trapped-with-adhd/

 

Last updated: 11 Jan 2015
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