One Good* Day client, Anonymous, paints a very meaningful picture with their poem about living with ADHD. While the clinical definition of ADHD just doesn’t translate the challenges those with ADHD face, this poem does just that.
With the prevalence of ADHD increasing, there are many adults and children alike who are being diagnosed. While this diagnosis can lead to relief, it doesn’t detract from the reality of living with ADHD and the challenges it may present. This poem is a prime example of the humanness of the condition and the far-reaching effects on mental health.
Take my hand and come with me,
I want to teach you about ADHD.
I need you to know, I want to explain,
I have a very different brain.
Sights, sounds, and thoughts collide.
What to do first? I can’t decide.
Please understand I’m not to blame,
I just can’t process things the same.
Take my hand and stand by me,
I need you to know about ADHD.
I try to behave, I want to be good,
But I sometimes forget to do as I should.
Walk with me and wear my shoes,
You’ll see it’s not the way I’d choose.
I do know what I’m supposed to do,
But my brain is slow getting the message through.
I try to think before I talk,
But I often run when I should walk.
It’s hard to get my tasks all done,
My thoughts are heavy, they weigh a tonne.
I never know just where to start,
I think with my feelings and see with my heart.
It’s hard to explain but I want you to know,
I can’t help letting my feelings show.
Sometimes I’m angry, jealous, or sad.
I feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and mad.
I can’t concentrate and I lose all my stuff.
I try really hard but it’s never enough.
I worry a lot about getting things wrong,
Everything I do takes twice as long.
Everyday is exhausting for me…
Looking through the fog of ADHD.
I’m often so misunderstood,
I would change in a heartbeat if I could.
So take my hand and listen to me,
Life is hard living with ADHD!
I want you to know there is more to me.
I’m not defined by it, one day you’ll see.
I’m sensitive, kind and lots of fun.
But I’m blamed for things I haven’t done.
I’m the loyalist friend you’ll ever know,
I just need a chance to let it show.
Please take my hand and stand by me,
But don’t forget I have ADHD.
I have real feelings just like you.
The love in my heart is just as true.
I may have a brain that can never rest,
But please understand I’m trying my best.
I want you to know, I need you to see,
I’m more than just a label, I am still me!!!
OG*D Client (anonymous)