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Shadow ADHDers

I write this blog as someone who knows I have ADHD. Generally, people who read this blog tend to be other people who know they have ADHD, people who think they might have ADHD,

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  • January 15, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Simply brilliant…and profoundly appreciated post….The mention of ‘lack of insight’ I find so very, very important….and illuminating (not alarming) for those that may be affected…either directly or indirectly through closeness/proximity. I find you to be a brilliant writer and your observations on ADD/ADHD are extremely well constructed and honed. Bravo.

    • January 17, 2020 at 3:24 pm

      Thank you Donna, I really appreciate that! Insight, to me, is a reason why therapy is so helpful for ADHDers and those around them — realizing that the things we assumed to be “normal” might not be normal is a process, and it’s a good thing because it makes us more intentional about our lives!

  • January 16, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Interesting that under achieving can be associated with ADHD. I believe that I may be affected by ADHD but it’s been an asset to me now I’ve found the right job. I’m able to become very enthusiastic in short bursts and have a lot of energy when starting something new. As my job involves constantly meeting new people and setting up new groups and activities that I can then step back from, it’s ideal for me. I think it’s just a case of finding what is right for you and using the positives instead of letting the negatives take over.

    • January 17, 2020 at 3:32 pm

      Very interesting to hear your perspective on this, Deb! Underachievement can definitely be a related to ADHD — the stereotypical ADHDer report card is something like “bright but doesn’t perform up to potential.” However, the flip side is that ADHDers can indeed be energetic and sometimes even hyperfocused in situations that naturally motivate us and play to our strengths. Which is why finding a job that fits with one’s brain and preferred way of working can make such a difference for people with ADHD. Glad to hear that you seem to have made that work, because it’s no small accomplishment!


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