How To Handle The BS Part Of Living With ADHD


Today I talk about the general bullshit and malaise that can come along with living with ADHD. At least for me, it’s easy to fall into negative thought spiral after encountering one of these top triggers, but I think it’s important that we find better ways to deal. Here are the top three frustrations I’ve encountered, and for each one I’ve come up with something to tell myself to get through it.

OK so, there are A LOT of frustrations with living with ADHD, and I’m only hitting the top three in this episode. And they barely scratch the surface, and but seem to fall under these three umbrella themes.

1 – Skeptics & Stigma


ADHD is not real.
People who take medicine for ADHD are drug addicts.
Incredibly biased documentaries adding fuel to the fire.

Feeling invalidated much?

Mantra: Your diagnosis and treatment are between you and your doctor. Everything else is the peanut gallery.

2 – Clarity

Example: Overlapping symptoms – this is a true thing that happens, but its super frustrating. There’s really nobody to blame here, it just sucks. Depression & anxiety are common culprits, but stuff like thyroid issues or borderline personality disorder could be adding to the confusion as well.

Mantra: Let’s work off the best information we have now and take it one day at a time. This isn’t a math equation, there are tons of shades of grey and that’s okay.

3 – Insurance

Pharmacy BS – general confusion, pricing mix-ups and gauging
Doctor BS – finding a good one (insurance database is cray cray), providers dropping insurance

Mantra: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

So there you have it.

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