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Old 05-20-08, 02:05 PM
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What does ADHD feel like to you?

Simple question....

How would you describe your ADHD?

How does it feel inside?

And how does effect you day to day?
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Re: What does ADHD feel like to you?

i consistently feel frustrated because i can't get the right words out. my head always feels foggy and all i want to do is for it to be un-foggy. half the time i just feel stupid!

i feel like my brain has little leggo blocks and london fog throughout it keeping things from moving smoothly through....

i basically feel block block block... fog fog fog!!! but i know deep down im smart enough, if only it would go away.

day to day i can't get the little things done, or i make stupid little careless mistakes due to lack of focus on detail. later when it's pointed out to me i think to myself " what the hell did i do that for? i know better" it's also difficult because all my procrastinating translates to me looking lazy, my husband in turn he feels like he has to parent me.
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Re: What does ADHD feel like to you?

i feel like i am alone i have no friends in sheffield i dont go out alot i struggle with socalising and get tierd easy i get fustrated alot from everything
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Re: What does ADHD feel like to you?

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Re: What does ADHD feel like to you?

I feel as thought ADHD will prevent me from unlocking all the truly good secrets of life, because I'll never be able to think about them... I'm constantly worried about what the people around me expect of me or think of me and what i expect of myself, because I simply can't do anything without too much thinking or prodding. I'm insane, different, retarded, absentminded, lazy, developmentally delayed, socially inept, anxious, depressed, paranoid, emotionally changing every few seconds of the day and I know it makes no sense and I know what I want to do and I know what I have to do but it ... will not happen, and that makes me more resilent over time. I believe that I am either insane, insecure, or schizotypal, depends on my mood level and med level and many other environmental factors, I have no control over my own homeostatis t'woul seem, and all thanks to ADHD.
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Re: What does ADHD feel like to you?

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Re: What does ADHD feel like to you?

I get crushed by my constant barrage thoughts.
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Re: What does ADHD feel like to you?

Grafter describes it better than I ever could -


I often feel like my brain has a mind of it's own - it remembers what it wants, when it wants and how much it wants and doesn't really give a damn what I NEED to remember. . . .nor does my brain particularly care what other people think it needs to remember either.
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Re: What does ADHD feel like to you?

To me it feels like a contant tug of war between what I should be thinking and where my mind wanders. It's almost as if I can physically feel myself pull my focus back to where it belongs.

Just now... I stopped to pick at a small burn I have on my finger (cooking whoopsie). I don't know why I felt the need to do that mid-post. LOL! Just a small example of my mind wandering off into lala land at inappropriate times.

So yeah, the best way to describe how I feel is it's a fight inside my head. Perhaps I feel that because I AM fighting it. Where as before, it may have felt more like a swirling vortex of random thoughts.
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Re: What does ADHD feel like to you?

Aware of EVERYTHING except what I should be aware of.

Horrible brain fog in the morning... Almost completely non-functioning. Sat in class and I wrote down everything I was hearing just for kicks. Of course the prof's voice but I didn't hear a word she said. Heard every single chair squeak, whenever someone turned a page over, when anyone hit or brushed against the tables, the guy walking down the hall, the guy moving stuff around across the hall, the breeze, the lights...

Forget everything I need to remember and only remember completely unnecessary information or stuff to do with what I'm really interested. Right now I'm wondering if I'll remember to hit the reply button or if this is going to stay on my screen for several hours...
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Re: What does ADHD feel like to you?

A smart person trying to shake the fog........
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Re: What does ADHD feel like to you?

Reading the replies so far is...comforting. I was recently diagnosed with ADD for the second time. Didn't really believe it or want to accept it the first go round. It's nice to hear from others who can relate and are experiencing the same things. Anyway...

I wake up every morning with an annoying "brain fog" sometimes accompanied with a headache. I can't find the right way to express myself when talking to other people. I have a hard time following most conversations because I'm too busy thinking about some tangent or looking at everything going on behind the person. My finances are a mess. Writing is a pain in the ***...I skip letters and entire words and have to re-write everything. I make lots of errors in details, forget things, half finish jobs and move on without realizing it, etc. I get frustrated with just about everything which makes me irritable and not a fun person sometimes. I move frequently, quit jobs for no reason other than boredom, can't make or keep friends, girlfriends and so on...I just feel like my brain is working against me most of the time. I know what I should do and I know what I want to do, but it rarely seems to get done and I can't give you a reason why. I have thrill seeking and addictive tendencies that I constantly fight to stay our of trouble and finish college. Enough whining...

On the upside...I think I'm excellent at solving real world, practical type problems unless I'm involved in the situation. Give me something to fix or think out, let me sit with my headphones on, and I'll fix it. Math is kinda like this for me. I can get the answer, but have no idea what the proper steps to get it are....I fiddle and I just "see" it.

Uhh...long, sorry.
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Re: What does ADHD feel like to you?

feels like *bleep* to me

It really wears me down when I'm at work and someone comes in and reminds me that I didn't do this, this, this, this and that, and I forgot that I was even supposed to remember to do these things (sometimes really obvious things, at least obvious to NT's) which I really did intend to do and had no intention of not doing, if only I could have remembered to do them. If I make a list of notes-to-self, I will often forget to read them.

People begin to think you're lazy, or even untrustworthy or a liar, because of all the little things you miss. They think you're doing this on purpose!!!

Sometimes people catch you in the zombie phase and wonder why you're staring glassy eyed into empty space, or worse you're looking in someone's general direction but not seeing them, and they think your'e staring at some part of their anatomy or something, but they might as well be a glass window to you.

Even after work it's a pain in the rear. You go to the grocery store to get one thing and come home with 5 things but not that one thing you were supposed to get. You send yourself a cellphone reminder and forget to save it. You wrote an appointment in your planner book and forgot to look at your planner book that day. You forgot to wear a belt whilst rushing frantically out the door and your pants are too loose so you have to keep tucking your shirt etc. You set the alarm clock to PM by mistake... (insert stupid mistake here). Little stuff like that wouldn't be a big deal if it didn't accumulate so much, making me feel stupid and disgusted with myself. On and on and on. Like someone said, enough whining. I'm sure there's a good side to it all somewhere (over the rainbow maybe). lemme know when ya find it!
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Re: What does ADHD feel like to you?

Having ADHD feels natural to me - seeing as I have always been this way. What I can say - now that I am aware that I have it - is that the diagnosis has given me an awareness how much it has impacted my life. I do get disgusted with myself because of my procrastination, yet the disgust has not propelled me into attempting to change my ways.

I guess the most overwhelming feeling related to ADHD is that of knowing about my lost potential - that I will likely never reach my potential. Hopefully I can settle for being a good (though perceived as scatterbrained by my family) person.

Okay, on to less depressing topics...
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