Surviving ADHD

Jun 2, 2016

Are you tired of people saying ADHD is not a real thing? I know I am. Why? Because I’ve probably dealt with it from the womb, and learning about this condition allowed me to not only take measures to manage it, but I feel infinitely less weird… I still feel weird, but a good weird.

ADHD is not just something people made up. It is a real condition that affects millions of people. It is estimated that 4 percent of American adults over the age of 18 deal with ADHD on a daily basis. If you wonder what it’s really like, read the following list.

  1. Hard Time Focusing
  2. Easily Distracted
  3. Tendency to make careless mistakes
  4. Being forgetful
  5. Fidget and squirm when seated
  6. Having a hard time waiting to talk or react
  7. Etc.

Still unsure of what it is? Watch this video.

For real though. How do I cope with it? Well, for starters, I refuse to say that I have Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. No. I don’t want to be defined this way. I prefer to see it as an Attention Difference in High Definition. Why is that? Well, I can focus; I just don’t choose what I really get to focus on. But ADHDers can actually hyper focus and work intently on something for hours on end. And there is a load of other advantages to having ADHD so it’s not simply a disorder.

Does your child have ADHD? Chances are you or their other parent has it too. Why? It’s genetic. If they do, though, be patient, they might be a challenge, but they will also bring you the greatest joys. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise, and don’t let anyone put them down for it. ADHD can truly be a blessing in disguise.

God to the Rescue

How does my faith help me? Simple, I don’t believe the lies that I’m not good enough. I am different, yes, but I am also talented, valuable and beautifully made, hey, my God said it.

I can choose or not to view myself with anger and shame when I forget for the 22nd time why I went into the kitchen for, or my own wedding anniversary. I certainly can’t afford the luxury of throwing myself a pity party, because with hyper focus, well it can go down the drain quite easily. And what awaits me there? Could be a depression, or anxiety. Yep, ADHDers, we’re full of surprises. So what do I do?

Again, I chose to believe the truth and practice it in my everyday life.

Philippians 4:8 says “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” And this is what I do (or try very hard to do), every time I catch myself with a crazy thought. I flip it. I don’t let it grow. I suffocate it with love and goodness. And I believe that God has a good plan for me, and that He loves me unconditionally. He loves you just as much too.

How do you deal with ADHD? What are the blessings coming out of it for you? How does your faith help you with it?

Let me know in the comments below!

About Caroline

Caroline is a Jesus girl more than anything. Even if often in the US and Canada, she lives in West Africa with her husband JB, and daughter Imela Christy. She is a writer, a minister, and a faith resource creator. She enjoys travelling, coffee, and friends.

Hey there, I'm Caroline

Hey there, I'm Caroline

I've been a follower of Jesus for over a decade, and a minister for almost just as long. My passion is to know God better, and help you know Him better too. I answer real questions with real answers, for a real faith in a real God.

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