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How do I explain?

I am looking for a good article or story to pass along to a friend who doesn’t quite “get it” and I am having a difficult time with this.
I am just looking for something to help explain ADD and what it feels like to somebody who doesn’t have it.
Anybody have a go-to article that explains it well?
Thank you!


Here are some Links to some articles:

For me,the quick answer to this question to a non ADD person is to imagine going into an electronics store and enter the TV section and imagine all the TVs are on different channels and then try to watch all of them and keep up with them all oh and not to mention the two stereos behind you playing different songs.

Posted by spage_hasADD on Jul 30, 2014 at 6:53am

Thank you!

Posted by Marianne.s on Jul 30, 2014 at 7:15am

This was so very helpful, thanks for asking the question and the response with the links…great smile

Posted by bbelami on Jul 30, 2014 at 10:26am

That was an excellent analogy, spage_hasADD.

Posted by co4mac on Jul 30, 2014 at 11:43am

Here are some more articles to help you describe what ADHD feels like:

ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 30, 2014 at 2:18pm

Thank you veey much everyone! Very helpful (I hope!)

Posted by Marianne.s on Jul 30, 2014 at 8:11pm

Here is a ‘think outside the box’ response to your question:  DON’T.

It’s no one’s damn business, and their ‘understanding’ may very well lead to unforeseen consequences.  ADHD behaviors are enough to deal with.  You don’t want to staple a Scarlet Letter on your forehead causing people to look for our flaws.

I tell no one.. ever.

Posted by LakeLife on Jul 30, 2014 at 10:20pm

I tell people who I want to know that my brain is like a car low on power brake fluid and power steering fluid and transmission fluid, so I don’t brake so good (when I’m hyper) have trouble staying on the road (when I’m not focused) and sometimes have trouble shifting gears (when I’m hyperfocusing).  I take meds, so my follow up is that my stimulants are like the fluids for those systems. This is why stimulants don’t make me hyper - they are stimulating the brakes, steering and transmission in my brain.

I could also say that sometimes my surroundings feel like I am in a Where’s Waldo poster - I notice everything and can’t find Waldo.

I tell some people that my ADD sometimes allows me to notice things that others don’t. I am good at quality control for other people’s work because I notice little things. I am good at brainstorming because I just describe what’s in my brain - where other people can tend to screen out their own creative new ideas before they even say them out loud.

Posted by Juggler on Jul 31, 2014 at 8:39pm

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