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Having ADD is like driving in the rain with bad windshield wipers. The windshield gets smudged and blurred as you’re speeding along, but you don’t slow down. You keep driving, trying your best to see. Why don’t you slow down or, better yet, pull over? That is not the way with ADD. You keep going. Faster is better. It is in your blood (and in your brain).


Having ADD is also like listening to a ball game on a radio station that’s coming in with a lot of static. The harder you strain to hear what’s going on, the more frustrated you get. Once in a while a static-free interval blesses the airwaves, and you can hear the ball game clear as a bell. A cat may meow in the background, but you know it is just a cat, not more static, and the clear signal from the radio allows you to focus on the game. How good this feels! But then, like an unresolved feud, the static returns, and you become more than frustrated. You get mad. You want to break the radio, or kick the cat, or scream at whatever human makes the terrible mistake of inquiring right then as to how you might be feeling.

Ratey Md, John J.; Hallowell, Edward M. Md (2005-12-27). Delivered from Distraction (Kindle Locations 812-817). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. .

Any more metaphors?


like going to a bar and waking up the next day with a heinous obese woman and she wont leave you alone.

Posted by happiness2011 on Mar 24, 2013 at 9:44pm

If society were a vast ocean with all people given a flotation device, with everyone having either life vests or inner tubes; those of us with ADD would be the only ones without flotation devices - and not by our choice!  Those with their life preservers are able to focus on things other than just staying afloat, while for us, flailing about, if we are able to be productive in anything other than just keeping our head above water, it feels like a giant accomplishment!  Unfortunately, the people WITH flotation devices ASSUME that EVERYONE has a flotation device and they canNOT even FATHOM what it’s like to live without one!!!!!  WE understand what it is like, and APPLAUD those who are successful without “flotation devices” because we understand the struggles they overcome daily to be successful!  Now, you’ll have to excuse me as I must go back to focusing on staying afloat!!!!!

Posted by AmyZ on Mar 24, 2013 at 10:11pm

Having ADD is like having cobwebs in your brain and a fog in front of your face for most of the day.  It is always playing catch up and feeling like you’ll never measure up in regards to performance, productivity, and efficiency.  Having ADD is feeling fatigued in the morning and struggling to start your brain.  Reading with ADD is very difficult;  I hear the birds, the T.V. in the next room, a conversation down the hall, and even hear the fluorescent lights buzzing.  I read a sentence or a paragraph, but can’t explain to you what I’ve read.  What did I read?  It is re-reading material in order to “get it”. 

Having ADD relieved through counseling, medication, and life style changes is like clearing the cobwebs, lifting the fog, and turning off the external noise that interrupts my reading, organizing, and basically my life.

Posted by addmom on Mar 24, 2013 at 10:57pm

Having ADD is like watching a foreign movie with subtitles. You always seem to be a second or two behind the rest of the world.

Posted by WordSorter on Mar 25, 2013 at 10:07pm

Having ADD is like being in a room with 50 TVs all on and all at top volume and on different channels.  You can tune in for a bit on one channel, then another channel catches your eye.  But out of the corner of your eye, you spot another channel to watch!  We are unable to turn all of those TVs off or the volume or just stay focused on one channel.

Posted by Missed That on Mar 25, 2013 at 11:48pm

.... stuffing 30 people into a telephone both then let the phone ring.

Posted by iamatwin on Mar 26, 2013 at 12:28am

Imagine our thoughts as popcorn, now imagine what happens when making microwave popcorn. Yep that’s it!

Posted by iamatwin on Mar 26, 2013 at 12:33am

@ everyone posting on here . . . great metaphors!  I often feel like the only one out there with these issues, but knowing there are others out there brings relief. 

I just wish people would first understand what it is like to have 50 TV’s going on in your head alone AND THEN understand what it would be like adding daily life in . . . my biggest problem is trying to function while real TV is on with the volume high and real people holding multiple conversations while I try to remain “normal”.  I just about loose it in those situations because it happens at home while I am trying to get ready or stay on task.

Posted by addmom on Mar 26, 2013 at 1:37am

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