Because of all the excess energy I had, school was torture. Being quiet was nearly impossible. I couldn’t focus to save my life. Sure, you could attribute my hyperactivity and difficulties concentrating to being “just a kid,” but other “just kids” didn’t struggle the way I did with grades, with interpersonal relationships, with being bullied for being different, with impulsive behavior. There was so more to the way I was than just being young.
Eventually, an ADHD diagnosis shed some light on the situation. Suddenly, everything made a lot more sense and I was able to get some assistance in school and in life to help me deal with everything that came with the disorder. Now, as an adult, I’ve been able to manage my symptoms better but it still isn’t easy. Because people don’t really get it.