Ever feel like your life becomes a little easier every day?
Yeah, me neither. But as an ADHD millennial, I’m starting to think maybe I should feel this way.
We’re living in possibly the best time in history to have ADHD, and it’s getting better every day. Now, OK, you could argue that it’s an even better time to not have ADHD, and I’d grant you that point, but I think the future is looking up for people with ADHD. Here’s why.
1. Paper is going to be obsolete
My desk, my backpack and my floor have all at various times become black holes sucking in stray pieces of paper that never escape.
One solution to this problem would be to get a hold of some file folders, develop an effective system of organization and stick to it religiously. Yes, that would be a reasonable solution.
Here’s an even better solution though: just wait until everything’s electronic and paper is a thing of the past. Problem solved.
Best part about it? The files on my computer are searchable by name and automatically sort themselves alphabetically.
2. School will be less important
With more and more information the click of a button a way, staying in school for years is becoming a less important step for being educated, well-informed and employable.
As a recent college grad, I’ve already somewhat experienced this shift in the way we get information. One of my techniques for making it through school with ADHD was to do a lot of independent study on topics that interested me, then later take classes on topics I was already somewhat familiar with for the sake of reviewing, filling in gaps in my knowledge and getting official credit.
As more and more quality information ends up online and techniques for e-learning become more sophisticated, people with ADHD are going to be less bound to traditional academic settings and more free to structure their education to fit optimally with the way they learn.
3. Computers will catch our careless mistakes
The difference between computers and people is that computers do things exactly the same way every time. No careless mistakes.
If you use Gmail, you know that if you write an email that includes the phrase “I’m attaching…” but then forget to actually attach anything, Gmail pops up a message that you haven’t added an attachment. I’ll admit that I make frequent use of this feature.
My hope is that as artificial intelligence gets more advanced, computers will be able to catch all our careless mistakes. I’m looking forward to the day when Siri will be able to interject little warnings into my life like “hey, Neil, why are you putting your keys in the refrigerator?”
4. Self-driving cars will be a thing
Actually, they already are a thing. The technology exists. It’s probably only a matter of time before they become a routine part of our everyday lives.
This is good news for everybody, but it’s especially good news for people with ADHD because car accidents are one of the most tragic ways ADHD symptoms can affect people’s lives. People with ADHD are at much higher risk for serious accidents as well as more minor accidents, traffic citations and pretty much any kind of trouble you can get into behind the wheel.
So the sooner we get these on the road the better, as far as I’m concerned.
5. We’ll know more about ADHD
A big reason this is the best time in history to have ADHD is that we actually know there’s such a thing as ADHD and we have medications that can help manage the symptoms. But there’s still a lot we don’t know too.
Already, we’re moving towards having genetic tests that will tell you what ADHD medications you’re most likely to respond to. As researchers continue exploring every aspect of ADHD, we’ll gain a better understanding of the different causes underlying the disorder and what can be done to improve the lives of people with ADHD.
So the future is looking bright for us ADHDers. Next time you have a bad ADHD day, just remind yourself that tomorrow will be better – and the next day will be even better than that!