The jury is out deliberating on what COVID-19 means to the ADHD community. Well, okay, there’s no jury that I know of, but what I’m hearing in our community is very little.
There are some sensible things happening around the world, and some ludicrous things as well.
There will be some far reaching implications and changes that occur in our world because of this, some will be expected and some will be a surprise.
But how will these things affect us?
To be honest, I’m not sure. But I can extrapolate a few predictions for us. Let’s start with confusion.
Many neuro-typical people will be trying to keep up with changes and cancellations.
They will be befuddled and confused. It will seem to them that they just get things straight in their minds when up pops an obvious change to the way they thought things were and they can’t argue with it, but now they need to account for it, change their schedules, accept that things aren’t the way they thought they were.
It may end up being our job to help them through these times. We all know what it is like to have things suddenly change on us.
Additionally, we all know what it is like when circumstance causes us to refocus our attentions. This is going to happen to the rest of the population again and again.
When they get frustrated, it will be our turn to be understanding.
Yes. Let’s take the high road and actually be understanding. This is our opportunity to show people how to be sympathetic toward someone who was hyper-focused on something and had their attention ripped away from that for the hundredth time today.
Remember that old adage, “Do unto others …” Yeah, it’s our turn to show others how we’d like to be treated.
Having ADHD is like living in a land of constant earthquake threats that deliver with frequent regularity. Our emotional and social landscape is always changing.
COVID-19 is going to do that for the whole world.
We know what that’s like, it’s our turn to be the leaders.
When things get cancelled, be understanding. It’s the same as when we forgot something was happening in reverse, sort of.
When the way things are done has to be changed, be understanding. It’s just like when we suddenly discover we were doing something the wrong way all along.
When people start posting old and outdated information, be understanding. How often have we been out of touch with the present because we were hyper-focused on something else?
But most of all …
We are the people who often end up as first responders. We thrive on being the ones who step into danger and fix things. We are the ones who will reach out and help others with no thought to ourselves.
And I would urge us to caution. I know that we will be the same spontaneous people we were before this happened, but to take care of others we need to also take care of ourselves.
Be well, my friends. Let’s see what the weekend and beyond brings.