I was diagnosed with ADHD later in life but school was such a struggle for me. I couldn’t stop getting distracted, I couldn’t pay attention for very long. But I was told I was lazy and I should try harder. And well, I did try harder than most other students that didn’t struggle the way I did. That much I do know. All that did was cause anxiety and worsen my depression. And that is quite common in kids and adults with ADHD anyway. But still, I was told to try harder anyway. However, I managed to get a ‘B’ average when I graduated from high school so that was not bad considering.
ADHD serves you anyway as it heightens your creativity as well as intuition, and I use both for my line of work! My daughter has mild ADHD and she is highly creative as well, and also enjoys writing. She probably will go into a career involving writing.
Unfortunately, my son has severe ADHD and autism as well which is why he has complex special needs and I was unable to care for him. So he is doing much better and is productive at the residence and school where he is at and has been at for the last three years. If ADHD is mild to even moderate, you can function just fine. If it is moderate you will need medication though. My daughter is not on medication and I did not do well with it but I am coping regardless. My son has to be on a cocktail of medication.
However, if you read the article linked to this post, you will see how ridiculous the myths are. ADHD is not linked to bad parenting, and it is not due to the child being lazy or ‘bad’. It is time to remove those stigmas.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects a person’s ability to exert age-appropriate self-control. It can impair the way that person regulates emotions, maintains attention, recalls information, controls impulses, plans and problem solves.