In a world of ideal mental health awareness, everyone would be a trained psychotherapist with extensive knowledge of ADHD symptoms. I wouldn’t have to explain my inattentive moments, my impulsive decisions or my fluctuating motivation because everyone would know that those are part of ADHD.
Hyperfocus refers to a state of being totally dialed into something, where distractions and sometimes even a sense of time fade away. Many people with ADHD report experiencing this state, and a recent study adds weight to the idea that people with ADHD experience hyperfocus more often than people without ADHD.
Sometimes the line between creativity and distractibility gets a little blurry. I’ve talked about this before: on a good day, "hey, look, a distraction" can become "hey, look, a creative idea."
Last week, I wrote about how frequent changes are often a hallmark of ADHD. Today, I want to caveat that entire post by saying "often, but not always." There’s an important point here: just because something tends to be true of ADHDers on average doesn’t mean it’s true of every single ADHDer.
As you’re no doubt aware, we live in a time of easy access to ADHD treatment, where everyone with the disorder gets diagnosed and lives happily ever after. Just kidding. While ADHD awareness has improved, many adults with ADHD still struggle to get their symptoms addressed, if they realize that they have symptoms of a mental health condition at all.
If you want insight into how likely someone is to have ADHD, you could ask them about symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity. But a more creative question to ask is how often they experience changes – both big life changes, and smaller day-to-day changes.
In my post yesterday about late ADHD diagnoses, I included an image with the phrase "it’s never too late to live happily ever after." My usage of the image was a little tongue-in-check, but it got me thinking: some of my blog posts probably do give the impression that being diagnosed with ADHD means you can live "happily ever after."