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ADHD Is 24 Hours A Day

24 hour symptoms, 8 hour cares
Always there, sometimes matters

If you have ADHD, you always have it. You may have heard the term, “Having an ADHD moment” but if you have ADHD you know that it has more to do with the world around you than with your ADHD.

That is to say, ADHD is the way our brains are, how they work, or don’t work in certain ways that others consider normal, whatever that is.

And the world around us that has been molded and contrived and shaped into something more optimized for the neuro-typical people often shows up the way our minds blip in certain circumstances.

But the thing is …

The circumstances that show up those brain blips are not constant.

ADHD is a 24 hour a day, seven day a week thing, but it isn’t obvious all the time.

It isn’t obvious to most people who don’t have it unless they accept the reality of it and are looking for it.

And here’s a neat thing

ADHD doesn’t just affect us when we’re working or at school, it affects us all the time.

But it doesn’t always affect us negatively.

Like so many naturally occurring things, the negative perception is a result of the symptoms not being conducive to effective management of current tasks.

In English please?

ADHD problems are problems because they interfere with some things we do when we are doing them.

But not all the things we do, and not when we’re not doing them.

What things?

The things that require our attention to details that are dull and repetitive is a great example.

Imagine having a box of Lego pieces, and imagine every one of them had a label with a different serial number that had nothing to do with their shape or size or color. Imagine you had to take each one out of the box and look up it’s serial number in a 400 page reference manual to determine whether it was an A, a B, a C, a D, an Lr, an Lf, or a W, and then write down the 12 character serial number on a line in another book along with the correct letter code, then place the Lego piece in another box where other people were able to get the piece out and use it to build whatever they wanted to build as part of their job.

No, I don’t know of any jobs where you’d have to do that, but I’ve had plenty that felt just like that.

And no …

I don’t know of any jobs where you get to build whatever you want out of Lego.

The thing is, your symptoms would play hell with your work, you know they would. The people who were doing the building would be standing around waiting for the next piece and you’d be struggling with the feeling that there has to be a better way to do this but knowing there isn’t.

But you’d be fine when you left work and went to the paint ball park or where ever you go to blow off steam.


Your symptoms are always there, but they aren’t always a problem.

Your ADHD is always there, but there are times when it doesn’t matter.

And I charge you with the task of identifying those times and using them to reset rather than dwelling on your ADHD and making it matter, twenty-four seven.


ADHD Is 24 Hours A Day

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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Babcock, K. (2019). ADHD Is 24 Hours A Day. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 23, 2019, from


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