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Source: An inside look at ADHD.

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Me 100% of the time. Luckily Ito help for my ADD when I was a child

fun facts!

  • ADD and ADHD are the same disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder was officially renamed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in 1994. Many people use ADD to refer to Type One presented here, and ADHD to refer to Type Two, but they are the same core disorder.
  • In many cases where ADHD carries into adulthood, it’s a genetic issue [My grandfather, mother, siblings, and I have all been diagnosed with ADHD], though this does not always occur.

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more fun facts!

  • there are a lot of talks about how ADHD is overdiagnosed, and that may be true for boys, but for girls ADHD is severely underdiagnosed.
  • older studies mostly looked at hyperactive boys and that’s the perception we have of ADHD. because of this many girls will go undiagnosed until adulthood.
  • most girls/women who have ADHD are inattentive type. they tend to be introverted, disorganized and daydreamers. 
  • girls will internalize these as personal failings and teenage girls have a much higher rate of suicide and self harm because of it
  • ADHD is often comorbid with anxiety and depression, both of which are caused by the failings from having ADHD
  • depression can present itself differently in people with ADHD. it’s more of a discouragement from constantly failing, but it can be just as debilitating.
  • read this article from the atlantic: It’s Different for Girls with ADHD

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Very useful for writing a character with ADHD and getting over the ‘lol so hyper!!!!!!’ stereotype.

As someone diagnosed with Type 1 ADHD as a child, I can attest to the above being true. I can also say that the ingrained feeling of failure, “never measuring up”, and never feeling good enough run incredibly deep. I had earned three black belts by the time I graduated from high school, was an employed martial arts instructor, had gotten accepted into every college I’d applied to (including my first choice) except one, and I still felt like an utter failure at life.

However, like everything dealing with mental disorders, if you truly intend to write a character with it then proceed with caution. You need to get a good understanding of the exhibited behaviors, especially with how the brain can function and how it thinks. Children and adults with ADHD, much like all mental disorders, do process information differently than the general population. It’s also worth noting that ADHD is a spectrum and not everyone behaves the same way. People are individuals and everyone’s brain chemistry affects them differently. We are not uniformly the same. However, we do recognize our own kind.

Now, before you jump to writing and character traits remember: real people have this disorder and real people with this disorder may read your stories one day. 11% of the population have ADHD, so it’s a good bet that someone will or has already.

So, if it’s something you’re serious about consult a psychology book, talk to a psychiatrist who specializes in the field, and, if you can, find someone in your life who might be willing to answer your questions and let you observe. Just… try not to make them feel like a lab rat, okay?

(And please, I don’t normally feel comfortable talking about my disorder, so try not to flood the inbox with questions about how martial arts and ADHD play together. If you have to ask if or how it’s possible, you need to do more research.)

-Michi

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