2 thoughts on ““Proving” That You’re Trying With ADHD

  • March 29, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    This is a great topic and some helpful information. I think it would also be interesting to discuss the same topic in the realm of personal relationships. I frequently don’t have a problem at work, utilizing the exact strategies you talked about. When it comes to personal relationships, I feel like that stakes feel very high, and it could take a lot more to demonstrate “trying”.

    In my case, I’m doing a lot more to explain or physically demonstrate what I have to do to say, be on time for something. I tell them what I’m doing to prevent my ADHD from getting in the way. I think it causes them to reframe their thinking about my disorder, and they tend to have a bit more understanding when things don’t go well – but not always.

    • April 5, 2019 at 12:30 am

      Thanks for bringing that up, Joe, that’s a great point. One difference between personal relationships and the situations I talked about in this post is that there’s generally much more space in personal relationships to say that you have ADHD and go into detail about what that means for you. “Proving” that you’re trying can indeed be a complex issue in the case of personal relationships — in some ways, by not talking about personal relationships, I chose the easy way out with this post. 😛


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