Welcome to the ADHD Amusement Park, where we know that ADHD is real and sometimes fun but sometimes its abrupt twists and turns can give you whiplash.
If you’re an adult with ADHD, know that you’re among friends:
- We believe you — that sometimes your thoughts feel like an internal pinball machine.
- We take your word for it — that your actions don’t always match your intentions.
- We won’t ask you — to defend the validity of ADHD or be ashamed about taking medication (if that’s what you’ve chosen).
- We won’t wag fingers and whine– “If you’d just try harder, you could….”
Instead, we’ll share strategies for making your life less hard and lots more fun.
If you’re the partner (or even the parent, sibling, child, or friend) of an adult with ADHD, you’re also among folks who “get it.”
- We know you’re not exaggerating — when you say your adult with ADHD can act very differently at home than in the public.
- We know you’re tired — of knocking your head on kitchen cabinets that someone leaves wide open or being kicked by someone’s restless legs all night.
- We understand — that you can love your adult with ADHD to pieces and still sometimes want to throttle ’em.
- We won’t shame you — into ignoring ADHD’s more problematic side and focusing solely on the “gifts.”
- And we definitely won’t tell you how screwy you are — for hoping life can get better. Because it absolutely can.
That’s the whole point of this blog: To smooth out your ride and add a little more joy to life. To come out of isolation and into the 21st Century.
If, on the other hand, you want to argue about ADHD’s existence or deny the reality that is millions of people’s lives, we encourage you to find more responsive outlets. We simply don’t have the time for fractious “self-medicating” debates that go nowhere and help no one. We’re focused on facts and solutions—and enjoying happier, healthier lives.
I hope you’ll join us.
author of Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.? Stopping the Roller Coaster When Someone You Love Has Attention-Deficit Disorder