Hey folks, welcome to the isolation. Kindly clear the entrance way and step to the side to allow room for everyone else.
Oh, wait, that’s not the Isolation Plan, that’s the Earth Is Doomed And We Have To Leave On A Giant Space Ship plan.
Never mind, I’ll find the instruction pamphlet sooner or later, in the mean time I’m going to do what we ADHDers are best at doing, I’ll wing it.
Do Not Abandon All Hope!
No indeed, from here forward in this post I intend to offer sensible observations about how we people with ADHD are better equipped to handle isolation and to help those we are isolated with, do the same.
I mean, we’re different, right? And those differences made us stand out when the world was “normal.” But now the world bloody well is not normal anymore and who should be more prepared and able to deal with this than us?
Okay, yes, hermits who were already isolating probably have a jump on us, but they are less likely to want to come out and help, so its all on us now.
Here we go …
Five ADHD Advantages During Isolation:
- Often lived in social isolation
That’s absolutely true, we have been set aside by societal norms, asked if we would be understanding and let the normal ones go first, got left behind when teams were picked, were assigned partners last and half the time we were in a group with an odd number of participants.
It got to the point where we just opted to be alone, we found ways to not be noticed and therefore left out of things so that we didn’t have to suffer being passed over.We are ready for this, we’ve been doing it for years. Use you comfort.
- Already isolated in our heads
Let’s face the fact that we have more of our lives going on inside our heads than we do outside of them. It has ever been thus. Our minds work so fast and skip from subject to topic so quickly that neither our mouths nor our neuro-typical companions can keep up with it all.
So over the months and years of our lives we have slowly created a world of our own making inside our heads. And we spend time there when ever we need to recharge or escape. So when it comes to isolation, we’re not just physically ready, not just emotionally ready, we’ve been mentally isolating for ever. Show people we know how.
- Focus more likely during crisis
You know how many of our people end up being first responders? It’s because in a crisis we focus well. This crisis is a slow burn. Nothing imminent at your door (until someone in your compound gets ill) so the focus might come and go, wax and wane as it were.
But we’re used to that. And the focus is likely to be better during these unusual times because there are new cues built into the emotional and physical fabric of our society these days. Be prepared to be focused, it’s a rush.
- Resourceful, out of the box thinking
When ever one of us solves a problem, the people in the group who did not solve the problem feel they were constrained by assumptions fostered by the problem itself. They refer to our thinking as “outside the box”. We acknowledge their assertion by accepting their accolades while quietly asking ourselves “what box?”
Nevertheless, that type of thinking is what we do and we are good at it, and now is its time to shine. You shine with it.
- Never at a loss for something to do
“Are we there yet?” used to be something I’d hear when I was driving car loads of nieces and nephews to places. I’d often reply, “Yes.” even if we were only half way. To the resounding chorus of “No we’re not!” I would always reply, “If you knew that, why did you ask?”
But the next thing that would happen is I would find ways to entertain them by engaging in conversation with them. “What will you do when we get there?”, “How many cows have you seen since we started driving?”, “Can any of you tell me how to keep a bunch of children quiet on the road?”, “What would you do with a dollar?”, “With ten dollars?”, “With a hundred dollars?”
I hope this made you all think, and I hope what it made you think about was your personal resources, the things that you uniquely bring to your isolation.
And if you’re isolating at home alone, you’ve got this, it’s the same as being alone in your head, but now you get to spread out with it without fear of someone hearing you talking to yourself.
We are the group with all these things to offer, and we need to accept this and be proud of it.
But we are also the group most likely to contain one or more people who, months down the road will suddenly say, “Wait, we were in isolation? When?” I just didn’t think that it belonged on a list of advantages, more of an interesting note.