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It’s Just ADHD

not just
… not just at all!

I get a kick out of people who are dismissive of ADHD.

Well, I don’t really get a kick out of them. I don’t get as big a kick out of them as the one I’d like to give them in return for their opinion, but still … it’s entertaining to hear how uninformed people can be.

It’s true, though. ADHD may not look like much because we are very capable. But that capability came at the expense of years of struggling with these symptoms. Struggling and learning, that’s the life of the person with ADHD.

We develop neuro-plasticity from having to deal with a condition that no one else can help us with very much. That’s why, if you are a casual observer, you don’t see what we go through. That’s why you have no idea what goes on in our heads.

That’s why, when you give your opinion of ADHD, I’m actually laughing on the inside.

Yep. I’m laughing

Oh, not at you. Never at you. Well, not at you at first. At first I’m just laughing at the pervasiveness of that oft offered erroneous opinion. At first, I’ll try to set you straight. I’ll offer the inside info you need to make yourself aware of the truth about my life.

And you can accept that, or you can reject it. But if you reject it, you’ll be uninformed. And if you continue to tell it like you think it is, you’ll be wrong.

And here’s why …

You’re looking at a two dimensional picture of a five dimensional situation, and you will never know what that is like to live with. You’re seeing the equivalent of a car from the outside and you have no idea what makes it work. You’re seeing clouds without understanding they are water vapour, you’re seeing oceans without recognizing they are full of fish.

In short, you’re seeing a person whose mind works in a different way from yours, and you’re assessing it based on the criteria you’d apply to yourself.

Let’s be fair

In fairness to you, you will never really know what it is like to be one of us. You can hang out with us, enjoy the way we think, the rapid way that subjects change, the humour that we infuse in everything to make our lives bearable, but you will never know all the extra thoughts that are firing around in our minds.

And in fairness, we will never know what it is like to live without those things. We will only know that we will never have that opportunity.

Still just ADHD …

So yes, it’s just ADHD, but you’ll never know just what that is and we’ll never know what life is without it.

We’ll never be you, and you’ll never be us. Looks like we have that in common.

It’s Just 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.

email me at ADHD Man

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Babcock, K. (2016). It’s Just ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 20, 2019, from


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