What happened when I got to the “social gathering”:
Yup. My brain runs on squirrel power. Tiny little rodents are all skittering around in there trying remember to find the nuts.
Or, maybe I’m nuts.
Anyway, this is my brain on ADHD. Here’s a few other things I have to deal with:
- Constantly being distracted by people entering/leaving a room
- Having to ask people to repeat themselves multiple times
- Forgetting appointments
- Forgetting to call people
- Forgetting to do stuff
- Forgetting in general
- Cleaning in circles and in multiple rooms at once
- Reading the same page over and over and just not getting it
- Taking twice as long to write a paper (or a blog for that matter) than anyone else.
- Wandering thoughts
- I put things away in a safe place, and then completely forget where the safe place is.
- Showing up too early or too late for something
- Not showing up at all
- Being really, really bad at math (Maybe that’s not ADHD)
- Can’t count past 10 without forgetting where I was and having to start all over again…multiple times
I think you get the picture.
Anybody in their right mind would go nuts. So what’s a poor girl to do? I’m not medicated so I have to find ways to overcome these difficulties. I have to find ways to cope so that I don’t look a total moron or a ditz. And forget about trying to explain this other people or help them understand. I have gotten over the first step of admitting there is a problem. So, I’m okay there. It took awhile, a lot of trial and error but I found ways around some of the problems that ADHD give me. Here are some of the things I do:
- Make lists. Sometimes I make lists of lists. Writing it down gets it out of my head.
- I watch movies and TV shows on my computer when I’m writing. Documentaries are especially helpful. Instrumental music works for when I’m reading.
- I put appointments in my iPhone as soon as they are made with at least 2 alerts.
- I make schedules with cross off lists.
- I use sticky notes. Lots of sticky notes.
- I just let myself clean in circles. It works for me.
- I keep reminding myself that I need to pay attention when it’s crucial to my task.
- I give myself small “brain breaks” for about 5 minutes every 20 minus. I play a game or look at Facebook, or some other small thing.
- I do certain things the same exact way every time whether needs it or not, such as locking the car door.
The point is, these strategies work for me. They (read: mostly) get the job done. I’m still not perfect at this, but I function fairly well if I stick to my guidelines and boundaries.
The point is, if you want to overcome something like ADHD, you got to first admit that there is a problem. You also need to do research to understand the problem’s in and outs. Then you got to find what works for you. There is always a way around, under, through, or over a problem.
If I can do it, you can do it too…
So tell me, are squirrelly in the brain?