16th January 2015 was my first post about being an adult with ADHD. I had every intention of doing at least one post a month but in a typical ADHD way I put it off until tomorrow then the next day and the next and.....well you know what happened. Tomorrow didn't happen until 3rd Sept 2015. Procrastination at it's best. I know everybody procrastinates at some point but for someone with ADHD it's common place. As an adult, for example, it could be taking your broken/un-wanted/not needed household stuff to the local recycling centre. A child it could be putting away their football boots or their dance shoes. The realisation kicks in and sometimes it's a shock how long you have put something off. Make no mistake if the Mrs asks me to wallpaper, that is a conscious decision because I hate doing it, so yea I know the difference.
Over the last 7-8 months I've noticed a lot of ignorance towards ADHD in general. If it's not physical then it doesn't exist is the general attitude. I'm not trying to be a preacher ADHD nor am I saying it's the worst thing in the world, let's be honest, it isn't. There are people all over the world who are in a much worse situation than me and that is fact. All I'm asking is for people to try to understand just because you can't see it doesn't mean it's not real. Is the air we need to breathe to keep us alive not real?
There are millions of people all over the world with ADHD. At a guess I'd say at least 85% of people know someone who has a child with ADHD or an adult who has it. For most people it's not like a pair of shoes that you can grow out of. It doesn't suddenly disappear when you turn 18. It can be with you for the rest of your life. Plenty of celebrities have ADHD/ADD;
Singer/actor Justin Timberlake
Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps
Will.i.am from Black Eyed Peas
Adam Levine from Maroon 5
Comedian, actor and TV host Howie Mandel
James Carville a political analyst and commentator
Radio talk show host Glenn Beck
Dancing With The Stars pro dancer Karina Smirnoff
Super Bowl champ and TV sports commentator Terry Bradshaw
Hotel chain heiress Paris Hilton
Virgin founder Richard Branson
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air himself Will Smith
Even Albert Einstien was meant to have had ADHD/ADD.
If you think this condition is fake, it isn't. If we could swap brains for a day you would want yours back after an hour. Awareness is what's needed not ignorance.
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