Living with ADHD

  • Published: 12 June 2018
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    ADHD stinks! That mostly sums it up for Mack, not completely, but mostly.

    It's hard to focus and concentrate, and so at school Mack's grades started falling because she would find herself paying attention to a ton of things that weren't important, or at least that didn't have much to do with what they were studying. For instance, in Math, instead of paying attention to the teacher and the work on the board, she would be transfixed by a tiny crumb sitting on the edge of her desk.

    Mack has had ADHD for as long as she can remember, so she figures she's had it since she was born. And, it has also been really hard for as long as she can remember. Sometimes people think she's weird but she's just Mack, a kid with ADHD.

    Living with ADHD comes with its own side effects, like depression, and anxiety, and she's been living with those since she was in 4th grade. Now she's in 8th. ADHD treatment also comes with a lot of pills and medications. Mack has been taking as many as five different pills every day for her entire life. That's a lot of medicine.

    Now she takes three pills a day: one antidepressant, one medication to help her stay focused, and one pill to help her sleep at night. See, ADHD also sometimes brings on insomnia, which is difficulty either falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early.

    Mack has had insomnia since she was in 3rd grade, and at one point it got so bad that she couldn't sleep at all - she stayed awake for four days straight - she kept falling asleep in school, literally passing out from being so tired. One day she passed out during recess and opened her eyes to find all of her friends standing over her, staring at her.

    In Mack's opinion, ADHD is one of the hardest conditions to live with that there is. She's still learning to deal with it. It comes with so many side effects, and living with ADHD just makes you really self conscious. People who don't know her probably think she is really weird, especially because when she is feeling really overwhelmed with anxiety she finds she has to find a quiet place, curl up in a tight little ball, and not talk with anyone. And that can go on for up to an hour or two before she starts to feel better.

    It's been really tough living with ADHD, and Mack's great hope is that she can learn to manage it and overcome the effects and side effects as an adult. BUT, the one thing Mack knows for sure is that living with ADHD, and fighting to overcome it, has made her a stronger and better person, while at the same time, of course, it also is responsible for the parts of her she could do without.

    It's hard for her to explain - Living with ADHD is definitely a burden, but in a weird way it's also a special thing to have - it boosts your creativity and imagination. It has helped to shape who Mack is today and she is more than okay with that! She has ADHD and she's still learning to deal with it.

    ADHA is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADD stands for Attention Deficit Disorder. They both relate to the same chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. Concentration can be extremely difficult with ADHD and ADD. Diagnosis and treatment from a Doctor are necessary. 11 million people have ADHD.

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Comments • 29 711

  • Flamango
    Flamango  7 hours back

    I know what you're feeling, I have adhd too.... 😶

    • Z3v Z31ch1ck
      Z3v Z31ch1ck  11 hours back

      I have a.d.h.d and I dont need to take pills

        ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING  15 hours back

        Ajr: I thought I had the ADHD
        Other people: *NOT FUNNY!*

        • firEcubeR
          firEcubeR  15 hours back

          I had new a kid in my school and he had ADHD I wanted to help he was bullied, and made fun of. It got to the point we’re the teacher didn’t believe him cause his ADHD. I had decided I would stand up and be his friend. In 3rd grade we were partners for a class thing, and he was scared, afraid I would do something bad but it turns out we were good friends. Like best friends. He had a chance to know how to not hide and make more friends. And he did(:

          • Pojke Adams
            Pojke Adams  23 hours back

            I have ADHD and anxiety I extremely hard to focus especially during math my worst subject. I have spent hours at school focusing on a leaf Over all I agree that it is a blessing and a curse

            • Flames101
              Flames101  2 days back

              I have ADHD too, you described me, except im in 7th. Im always so surprised when I get As on tests XD

              • Alaiza Alor
                Alaiza Alor  2 days back

                It’s ok I also have ADHD people treat me very different

                • Linnette Morales
                  Linnette Morales  2 days back

                  I have adhd

                  • kookie kook
                    kookie kook  2 days back

                    Idk why nobody takes Adhd seriously like of you say anxiety or depression everyone would get sad and stuff but when u say adhd they start making jokes about it I think it's the worst cause you get all the symptoms at the same time

                    • CreepyGacha Gang
                      CreepyGacha Gang  2 days back

                      Idk why, but i think i have ADHD cuzz is quite same as her...(idk if im ADHD it not actually, but after watch this girls's quite same)

                      • Stay Almas
                        Stay Almas  2 days back

                        Now i think that I have adhd too

                        • daelycia,s life
                          daelycia,s life  2 days back

                          #ADHD SQUAD

                          • Predatory FishingHowTo

                            I feel bad for you mate I’ve been in the same situation as you with HDHD and autism and I know how it feels keep fighting mate u will pull through

                            • Sqary Clxudy
                              Sqary Clxudy  3 days back

                              I also have adhd...

                              • Retarded Alesha
                                Retarded Alesha  3 days back

                                I don't think I have ADHD but I struggle focusing, I usually wiggle my legs around a lot when sitting down and I usually struggle focusing. Also I have this thing when I talk to my self and all the popular girls think I'm weird and a freak. When we're in lesson sometimes I have to check twice with the teachers when we are doing stuff because I'm never satisfied that I'm listening properly. There was one time when I tried to check with the PE teacher about something and she accused me of not listening and said that she'll get angry. And then some of my classmates use this to wind me up and when I ask them about something, they lie as a joke for example, there was one time when I asked my friend about whether we had non-school uniform day the next day and as a joke, she lied and said no but luckily one of my friends stepped in and stopped her. I did go into school in non-school uniform though so it's fine.

                                • doogee king 59
                                  doogee king 59  3 days back

                                  I think she's overreacting I have ADHD and I am perfectly fine

                                • Melody Glitches
                                  Melody Glitches  4 days back

                                  Well I have ADHD to

                                  • Natalia Roberts
                                    Natalia Roberts  4 days back

                                    I don't have A.D.H.D but I have to take a pill to help me focus better at school 😶

                                    • Sushi Queen
                                      Sushi Queen  4 days back

                                      My sister has ADD and Autism.

                                      • sophieskywarrior_ _Official

                                        I have ADHD and I get medicine to focus better I have the medicine that let's you focus and the one that let's you sleep better.

                                        • Pikachu :3
                                          Pikachu :3  5 days back

                                          I got it to I fel you I got to tac 5 pelas

                                          • Andrea Lukács
                                            Andrea Lukács  5 days back


                                            • mr tube
                                              mr tube  5 days back

                                              Wait how thid you sare the storie if you have abhd

                                              • Sadie Graines
                                                Sadie Graines  6 days back

                                                I have adhd

                                                • Sadie Graines
                                                  Sadie Graines  6 days back


                                                  • Danki Boi
                                                    Danki Boi  6 days back

                                                    Don’t worry you not alone I have adhd too

                                                    • Infinite Supreme
                                                      Infinite Supreme  6 days back

                                                      I have ADHD to its ok we are all here for you

                                                      • Raena Sidhu
                                                        Raena Sidhu  6 days back

                                                        I’m the same I somehow have learning disability,adhd, inattentive presentation and thyroid:( and it’s so hard to get good math marks and not be bullied
                                                        With a lot side effects like anxiety I can’t sleep or be hungry or focus and make freinds

                                                        • kitty meh
                                                          kitty meh  6 days back

                                                          Me too

                                                          • Jonna And Alissa
                                                            Jonna And Alissa  6 days back

                                                            Wish You luck With ADHD Hope you better :)

                                                            • Isa Avalos
                                                              Isa Avalos  6 days back

                                                              I have the same thing none of my friends know I have this I have bad grades to and everything she said is like me

                                                              • Michael Roter
                                                                Michael Roter  7 days back

                                                                I can realate with some parts

                                                                • Michael Roter
                                                                  Michael Roter  7 days back

                                                                  I have adhd to but I can’t realate with you

                                                                  • Rainbow Otter
                                                                    Rainbow Otter  7 days back

                                                                    I have ADHD I relate to this so much

                                                                    • Abigail N.
                                                                      Abigail N.  7 days back

                                                                      I have adhd and My friends called me a crackhead bc i ran down the hallway screaming and dancing

                                                                      • The dark skull
                                                                        The dark skull  1 weeks back

                                                                        I fell you i have ADHD depression and anxiety

                                                                        • Reese Figueiredo
                                                                          Reese Figueiredo  1 weeks back

                                                                          I have adhd and i have anxiety and insomnia! I take medicine to help me sleep as well. At school i get singled out by my spanish teacher and makes me feel like I'm a special needs kid but I'm not

                                                                          • Reese Figueiredo
                                                                            Reese Figueiredo  1 weeks back

                                                                            I have ADHD too!

                                                                            • Ethan Craig
                                                                              Ethan Craig  1 weeks back

                                                                              I have adhd

                                                                              • Rrudy
                                                                                Rrudy  1 weeks back

                                                                                I have ADHD, great.

                                                                                • 40000 subs with no videos

                                                                                  theres a dude at my school he has ADHD he yells alot and everyone tells him to shut ul.

                                                                                  • Alberto Flores54
                                                                                    Alberto Flores54  1 weeks back

                                                                                    U can just stop having ADHD

                                                                                    • I’m Bored
                                                                                      I’m Bored  1 weeks back

                                                                                      I have ADHD and my parents don’t believe in giving me pills ;—;

                                                                                      • Super Bonie
                                                                                        Super Bonie  1 weeks back

                                                                                        I have ADHD it sucks

                                                                                        • Suspense Vikzy
                                                                                          Suspense Vikzy  1 weeks back

                                                                                          I have adhd, asperegrs and ocd and anxity

                                                                                          • sophia plays
                                                                                            sophia plays  1 weeks back

                                                                                            I feel this person I live with ADHD also

                                                                                            • Pickle Loli
                                                                                              Pickle Loli  1 weeks back

                                                                                              Poor older than me muffin, I have depression must be so awesome to hang out with,smart,creative, don’t put yourself down. It hurts me to hear it...!

                                                                                              • Thomas Delaney
                                                                                                Thomas Delaney  1 weeks back

                                                                                                I have adhd