What's it like to live with ADD/ADHD on a daily basis?
What is it like to live with ADHD on a daily basis? Distractibility, restlessness, difficulty organizing self, tendency to act or blurt out before thinking, frustrations, forgetfulness, difficulty maintaining long-term relationships, isolation - these are just a few of the issues individuals with ADHD and their loved ones must learn to cope with and develop strategies for navigating.
In general, young children tend to be active, rambunctious, and somewhat impulsive. They often play loudly. They love to climb and run. Most children do not want to remain in their seats. They may squirm and fidget. They’d rather be up and out, exploring the world around them. This is all a normal part of being a child. For a child with ADHD, however, these behaviors are amplified. They are disruptive, cause significant impairment in function at school, home, and with friends, and they are considered inappropriate for the child’s developmental level.
Though many people think of ADHD as a childhood condition, symptoms can continue into the adolescent and adult years. A teen learning to cope with all the other changes that come about with puberty and increased independence, also has the added issue of living with ADHD.
ADD/ADHD is not just a childhood disorder. It is estimated that between 30 and 70 percent of children with ADHD continue to exhibit symptoms into adulthood. Often times, the hyperactive behaviors common with children decrease with age, but symptoms of restlessness, distractibility, and inattention continue.
Someone once said that parenting was the toughest job in the world. Not only can it be tough, parenting is also one of the most important roles in the world. It is joyful, rewarding and wonderful, but it can also be overwhelming, stressful and exhausting. Parenting a child with ADHD may triple these feelings.
Marriage is hard work! It requires good communication, mutual respect, compromise, empathy, and an understanding of your partner’s feelings and needs. For individuals with ADHD these requirements may be difficult. Relationships may easily become strained.
The phone is ringing. Two of your kids are arguing and yelling. The dog is scratching at the door to go out. Your toddler is at your feet crying and wanting to be picked up. Your husband is still at work. A pot of water is boiling on the stove ready for spaghetti noodles. Dinner is late. You are exasperated, tired, overwhelmed. Being a mother can be tough...and if you have ADD/ADHD the toughness factor increases!