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Out Of Context

Reality and You
Step into the light …

ADHD is a disorder.

It’s real. It has devastating effects. It makes life difficult for those who have it.

But its real devastation is to the credibility of those who deny it.

I see it

I see it every day of my life. I see it because I live it. It is my constant companion, it is my being, it is me.

But if you don’t have it, or if you have it and you’ve managed to delude yourself that it’s just bad luck that’s been holding you back, you have a problem.

Or worse still, if you believe that ADHD is not real and that the conspiracy that perpetrates it is the thing that is somehow keeping you from getting ahead or even just on with your life, you have set yourself up to fail miserably and for the rest of your life, or at least as long as you continue to believe that.

Accepting the reality …

If you will do yourself the favor of considering the reality of this insidious disorder just for the sake of your own personal research, ask the questions that will help you understand, discuss the situation with people who have this disorder or study it, and there are many who fall into both those categories, you will most likely find yourself in a new place.

And that place is the context where in we exist.

What does that do for us?

Maybe nothing, maybe everything. The first thing it does is gives you the dignity of being a credible student of the world. Denying the existence of something you cannot see is like denying the reality of air. Think about that.

Then think about how much more we have to do to get to a point where we can live our lives with dignity and peace.

Then, if you please, imagine how much of our time is spent in standing up to people who are determined that they know more about our lives, our minds, ourselves, than we know.

We are ready

We’re prepared to move forward, prepared to learn to cope, prepared to find out what can make our lives better.

And right now we’re wasting our time trying to show you that the first barrier to our lives becoming better is getting past your denial.

Here’s a thought

Consider, please, considering ADHD within the context of a disorder that you cannot see or touch or feel or hear inside of us, or even inside yourself, until you accept that it is possible.

And understand this, that if you are still denying ADHD’s existence, you are out of context.

What context? The context of the real world.

The context … of reality!

Out Of Context

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 on the traditional lands of the Chippewas of Nawash in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or 7 generations and my First Nations friend's families go back hundreds of 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 am a freelance writer and I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about living with 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. (2018). Out Of Context. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 29, 2020, from


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