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Passion Speaks Through ADHD

… yes, I am!

I often feel like I’m easily distracted.

I know, no big surprise, right?

But the thing is that in the heat of the moment of distraction I don’t feel like I’m unjustified in being distracted.

In that moment when my focus switches so easily from one thing to another one with seemingly no valid connection between the two, I am perfectly justified in doing just that.

You see, the thing that makes it right, or makes it seem right, is passion.

Is that a thing?

Good question. The answer is, yes, passion is a thing. But please don’t ask me to define it.

The problem is that I don’t know if my ADHD is the cause of the passion, or if passion is the cause of my ADHD taking over my focus and leading me away.

If I have a valid interest in something then does the passion stem from that interest or is the interest caused by the passion?

Maybe it doesn’t matter?

Let’s examine an example. Politics. Yes, a dirty, multi syllabic word. The discussion of the validity of some one person seeking the responsibility to represent me and others in the governing of the dispense of our communally collected wealth earmarked for the upkeep and betterment of our community.

Yes, that causes passion in me.

And yes, it distracts me.

The thing is …

I don’t love politics. In fact it often upsets me. So using the word passionate to describe my interest in politics seems counter intuitive.

But I can’t say it’s the wrong word. I’m passionate about what I think should be done, what I believe shouldn’t be done, and how I feel those things should be accomplished.

So come election time, which it is here in my Canadian province of Ontario, my work day gets a bit longer as the political posts and articles that cross my desktop increase in number and intensity.

And distraction?

Distraction increases proportionally. And I have to respond.

I don’t know why, but I know that I must pass judgement on everything I read. I must pass judgement and make my opinion known.

Well, I often write out my opinion and then, after careful editing and due consideration … I erase it without publishing it.


Yes, exactly, we’re talking about distraction here. Whether I publish my thoughts or not, I was distracted from whatever I was doing long enough to pen the rebuttal or support.

And the thing that drove me to do that … was passion.

In control, or not?

And while it seems like I am in control because I judiciously keep many of my words to myself, I clearly cannot control my distractions.

So passion or interest, it doesn’t matter. I cannot quite control the distraction. Only the output. And even that isn’t always under control

And that’s called impulse.

And that’s a topic for another day.

Passion Speaks Through 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 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). Passion Speaks Through ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 3, 2020, from


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