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Year 1 of ADHD Millennial: What I’ve Learned

This week will mark one year since my first post on ADHD Millennial. When I started this blog I hadn’t written regularly about my experience with ADHD before, so I wasn’t totally sure what to expect.

Of course, I’d thought about my ADHD symptoms before. As I talked about a few days ago, getting diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood can set off an ongoing process of taking stock of your life.

But thinking about ADHD is easy. Writing is harder – and I say this as someone who writes for a living.

BirthdayThe thing is, when you put something into words, you have to be precise. You can’t get away with lazy logic.

That’s why writing about ADHD has been therapeutic. It has forced me to reflect on my experience with ADHD in more detail, which has led to new insights.

For this reason, I believe everyone with ADHD should think about starting a blog. Or if not a blog, at least a journal. Writing about how ADHD affects your life forces you to think about the disorder in new ways.

However, the therapeutic nature of the writing process has only been the second-best part of blogging about ADHD for the last year. The best part has been hearing about other people’s experiences in the comments section and in emails.

Blogging about ADHD has most definitely reinforced the feeling that I am not alone in living with ADHD. It’s interesting how much we all experience in common, no matter where we are in our lives.

At the same time, it’s also interesting how diverse we are in our symptoms. Just like I find it validating whenever someone replies to one of my posts saying “yes, that’s how I feel too,” I find it thought-provoking when someone says “my experience is exactly the opposite.”

I’m going to try to brainstorm some ways of exploring new topics and new ways of talking about ADHD in the coming year of ADHD Millennial. If you have anything you want me to write about, please let me know!

In the meantime, thank you for reading, sharing, and leaving your perspectives. All your participation has made the first year of ADHD Millennial a special one, and I’m looking forward to year two!

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Year 1 of ADHD Millennial: What I’ve Learned

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). Year 1 of ADHD Millennial: What I’ve Learned. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 23, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-millennial/2016/11/year-1-of-adhd-millennial-what-ive-learned/

 

Last updated: 13 Nov 2016
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 13 Nov 2016
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