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Get Lost, ADHD!

No, I mean that literally.

I’ve talked about losing things and ADHD in some of my previous posts, but what happens when you lose your self? Again, I mean that in a physical sense, not a philosophical one.

LostI don’t have any statistics on it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if people with ADHD are a little more likely to make a wrong turn here or zone out and head down the wrong street there.

Getting lost can be frustrating if you’re trying to get somewhere in a hurry. Earlier this week, I was 40 minutes late to meet someone because I underestimated how far I had to go, then made a bad thing worse by going in a big, unnecessary circle on the way to my destination.

But if you aren’t on a tight deadline, getting lost can be fun, too.

The best way to explore a new city is to get lost in it. You’re bound to discover things you wouldn’t have known about otherwise. And if you have an app like Google Maps, you can relax knowing that if you ever really need to get un-lost, it won’t be too hard.

Now remember how I said I was going to talk about getting lost in a literal sense? OK, I wasn’t totally leveling with you…

I think in a metaphorical sense, getting lost can be a way to gain a new perspective, and that idea might give us some ways to cope with ADHD symptoms.

For example, people with ADHD often jump from one project to another rather than seeing things through to the end. There’s no doubt that this inconsistency can cause problems, but dabbling in a lot of different interests can have some upsides too, and it can give you a broader perspective than if you’re always focused on one thing.

Sometime if you don’t know where you’re going, you can end up somewhere better than you ever imagined! Getting lost can lead you into unexpected interesting experiences.

I’m not saying getting lost is better than not getting lost, or having ADHD is better than not having ADHD. I’m not even interested in looking at things in those terms. Rather, I’m saying that if you’re someone who has a tendency to get lost anyway, or if you’re someone who has ADHD, you might as well look for the upsides in your situation and try to exploit them.

If you think about it, knowing you’re lost and embracing it is more enjoyable than being lost and pretending you know exactly where you’re going.

I mean that literally, in the sense that it can be fun to walk in a random direction without consulting a map, and figuratively, in the sense that when your ADHD takes you to new and unexpected places, sometimes you just have to welcome the journey.

So thanks for reading, now please get lost.

Image: Danon

Get Lost, ADHD!

Neil Petersen

Neil Petersen writes regularly on education, learning disabilities and technology. He received his B.A. in 2014 and was diagnosed with ADHD at the beginning of his college studies. Neil also works for a music education non-profit and hopes to help create an education system that can better serve students with ADHD.

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Petersen, N. (2016). Get Lost, ADHD!. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 24, 2020, from


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