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There are words that have chased your every moment. There are assumptions that have plagued your every thought. You’ve been deemed lazy, self-indulgent and phrases far less flattering. The masses think that you lack control, believe that you refuse to tame your impulses. And this has led to a lifetime of disappointed instructors, frustrated friends and employers who simply don’t understand. You’re branded weak; you’re called worthless; and your intelligence is doubted by all.
Such doubt isn’t warranted.
The notion of Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (more typically named Adult ADHD) is one few understand. Though it impacts an estimated five percent of the global population, many confuse it with personality defects — believing that those who have it are simply refusing to mature.
This isn’t true.
Adult ADHD is a serious disorder. It does not deserve anger and misconceptions therefore. This illness is not proof of low intelligence or an inability to work. It’s instead merely the aftermath of overly-stimulated minds and the lack of defenses against an excess of neurological activity. This distinction is vital and must be understood. Those who have an attention deficiency are not less skilled than others; they’re merely defined by wavering focus and the need for specific treatments and techniques.
It cannot be assumed therefore that these individuals are without merit. They are often of above-average intellect and can provide creative insights into any project. Their forms of expression are merely unique.
And because of this the insults must cease. No adult deserves to be berated for what can’t be controlled. They instead deserve patience for what they must battle each day.