Imagine waking up in the morning and realizing that you have many things to do but cannot ultimately plan and work on it. It cripples you!
This may sound like a typical adult who is being bombarded with deadlines at work, a pestering boss, children whining at home, or just having a bad day. For a normal individual, one can easily identify which of these critical points can be addressed immediately and then move on to the next until most of the concerns are being handled. That’s life according to us.
But for a person with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), every day is like waking up to a chaotic environment and never finding the right rhythm or solution on how to survive it.
“Day-to-day, both the sense of uncertainty and the influence of our lifelong habits are amplified when we feel overwhelmed or stressed, as frequently is found when living with ADHD,” writes Mark Bertin M.D.
Persons with ADHD feel comfortable within their home environment. It’s their comfort zone or their sanctuary where they are able to express themselves as they are. They feel secure because they know that they have family members who understand and are able to help them whenever a breakout may arise. Basically, this is true if the family members are supportive and express positive outlook towards the condition. Nonetheless, when the opposite is demonstrated, where a dysfunctional family cannot provide effective care to the person with ADHD, the outcome would be just devastating.
At School or Work
Most of the time, stressful situations are experienced by the person when he/she starts school and will continue to progress when he/she begins working. Social relationships may suffer and productivity can be affected as well. In a study of 369 university students, it showed that there is a negative relationship found between global life satisfaction, the symptoms of ADHD and its associated problems, like emotional and social function. It was known that adolescents with ADHD are at increased risk of not finishing school, commit misconducts or criminal behavior, and teenage pregnancy. For adults, there are problems with employment, substance abuse, and interpersonal issues with other individuals.
“In most instances, ADHD that persists from childhood and remains present in adulthood is less about hyperactivity and more about restlessness, impulsive behavior, and the inability to plan or manage things like time, finances, and even emotions,” writes Samoon Ahmad M.D.
Seek out for help
“It is and always will be a constant struggle to live each day.”
“It’s like a never-ending roller coaster ride and you just want to jump out.”
“For some, it’s just a typical day. But for me, it’s like being surrounded by a thousand drums beating asynchronously all at the same time.”
These are just some the many manifestations of a person with ADHD. It has always been and will be a constant struggle to live and maintain a normal life. As it turns out, the more they try, the more they are prone to act out because of frustrations.
It is vital to consider to seek out for medical help once it is determined that he or she has ADHD. The psychological condition may not be treated fully, but it can be managed through behavior modification and guided psychological treatment.
“When you treat the ADHD, the person begins to acquire the ability to achieve their goals, improve relationships, meet deadlines, remember to pick up the children, avoid accidents on the road, remember their tickets before driving to the airport and feel a lot more competent, confident and happy,” writes Scott Shapiro M.D.
Fortunately, there are several support groups and recommended therapies or programs designed to help persons and their families live with ADHD. These programs and services have also presented successful stories that provide a positive outlook in dealing with persons with ADHD.