Circular logic — you’ve discovered — is a damning thing. Patterns are perpetuated; behaviors are repeated; and the most loathed gestures are completed again and again, simply because you lack the ability to stop them. Your thoughts can’t be controlled. Your actions can’t be tamed. Instead you are a collection of terrible impulses: each which cause you to relive the same mistakes. It’s a cycle of failure… and it’s one you can’t flee.
This is the horror of Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adult ADHD) and it’s the arrival of co-morbidity. Explained simply: co-morbidity is the notion that the symptoms of a singular disease cause the appearance of other illnesses. This is particularly prevalent in those who have Adult ADHD, due to the unpredictable nature of the problem and the effects it can have on the mind and body.
Those burdened with Adult ADHD can suffer from many complications: such as depression, alcoholism, substance abuse, addiction, relationship difficulties, unemployment and more. These problems are not a reflection of individuals. They’re instead the aftermath of the disease itself. Those who battle it face prejudice, misconceptions and a lack of sympathy from others. This can lead to a shattered self-image and a dependence on reckless outlets (such as drugs or similar actions). The need to cope with an over-stimulated brain — and the misunderstandings of the public — can cause less than ideal behaviors. Co-morbidity soon follows, with an estimated 80 percent of adults showing traits of it.
It’s vital therefore that individuals recognize their limitations and seek treatment for them. Do not turn to impulsive choices. Try instead to find comfort in professional care.