Actually ADHD

Terminology: "ADD" became part of "ADHD" with the DSM-IV (we are now up to V).

What this is: If you have (or think you have) ADHD, this is a place for you to get support, to get your questions answered, and to share your stories.

There is no judgment here. That doesn't mean we think whatever people do is just fine and totally okay, but it does mean that whatever you may have done in the past does not mean you are a horrible person. We will not shun you for your past. We try to meet you where you are at and encourage you to make your best decisions going forward.

We do not think that ADHD is a gift, we do think that it is a disability, though we also can see some positives to the condition. If you disagree with that you can share your opinion; we aren't only for people who agree with our view. We are working on a FAQ about the blog and about ADHD.

A quick note on pronouns, gender, etc. As much as possible, we use inclusive language. When it is not possible, we revert to gendered terms such as "girl," "woman," "boy," and "man." (Please see About page for more on this.)

If you read something here that you disagree with, you can reblog it to start a full discussion or you can send in a submission or ask about it. We try to respond to criticism but do not always reply to critical messages (either publicly or privately); sometimes we let our actions speak for us instead of trying to explain things in posts.

Obligatory disclaimer: We are not doctors of any kind.Please talk to your doctor about side effects, about your concerns, about taking supplements, about stopping medication, about taking breaks from medication, about anything to do with medication. We are not licensed medical professionals, and even if we were, it would be illegal for us to give medical advice over the internet. Your safety is important, so please look after yourself, do your research, and talk to your doctor about your medication.

If you have any kind of medical emergency, this is not the place to ask for help. If you accidentally took too much of your medication, please call poison control, 911, your pharmacist, or your doctor, or go to the hospital.

If you are writing a reply to a post and it is too long, please consider submitting as an ask or a submission instead. Multiple replies don't show up on posts and the new Activity Page makes posting them all together very difficult.

More details can be found on the About page.

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Anonymous asked
Does taking adhd medication help people with having direction in their life? I feel like I enjoy doing too many things and can't dedicate myself seriously to any of them.

I suppose it can help.

I definitely know the feeling of enjoying far too many things and being unable to choose just one or two to focus on. I eventually went back to my childhood and chose to focus on the things that I loved to do when I was little: writing and reading; music; animals. These don’t really combine into a single profession, but they give me a little more of a direction for my time than I had.

Lots of people struggle with this kind of thing, not just ADHDers. If you’re trying to figure out what kind of career to pursue, I recommend the book What Color is Your Parachute, by Dick Bolle. I’ve read it a few times (your local public library should have the most recent edition available) and find the chapter with the exercises (something about a flower picture) the most useful, since it takes you through determining your skills and interests and figuring out where they intersect.

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