[Editor’s note: ADD/ADHD is a neurological disorder characterized by difficulty sustaining attention, lack of self-control, and impaired working memory. It’s now more often classified as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) inattentive-type, but lots of people (including some doctors) still refer to it as ADD. Nearly 8 million adults in the U.S. suffer from ADHD. It can be a very personal disorder, and although this list represents only one experience of ADHD inattentive-type, we hope you find it helpful knowing others may understand what you’re going through.]
1. It’s knowing how long it takes you to get ready in the morning, but not being able to tell how quickly time is passing until you’re already late.
2. It’s noticing every single detail of a room but having trouble paying attention to the one thing you’re supposed to be looking at.
3. It’s feeling exhausted at the end of a hectic day, but too overwhelmed with thoughts to actually fall asleep.
4. It’s struggling in every part of your life, but fearing that other people don’t recognize your suffering as a legitimate disorder.