What is ADHD?
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What Is ADHD?
(Excerpt from “How Having ADHD Saved Me From a Lifetime of Traumas“)
Think about the human body as a walking lab with a wiring system (the nervous system), in which there are workers creating chemicals (neurons creating neurotransmitters) that will send different messages to our brain. You may have heard, “Have some sex and get some endorphins! They’ll make you feel happy!” Well, endorphins are one of those chemicals saying: “human, feel happy!”
When it comes to ADHD, there’s a problem with a neurotransmitter called “dopamine”, which has the task of sending two messages: “human, please regulate your emotional responses (be cool and behave like the rest of the flock), and please take action to achieve specific rewards (get some shit done to feel rewarded)” What is that “problem”? The science guys don’t quite agree yet, so let’s keep simple today and say that in an ADHDer lab, the dopamine is not being properly handled.
Consequently, ADHDers cannot control our emotions as we’d like to, and we cannot set ourselves to do something and just do it. We need to do new stuff constantly, because the feelings of pleasure and reward don’t come soon enough, and we need to find something goooood… Hyperactivity sets us on a wild quest and, in that pursuit, we end up chasing squirrels, …, and probably having a colossal meltdown if they don’t eat their nuts exactly as we expected to.
- Professions for People With ADHD: Why Blogging and Coding Could be Your Perfect Career PathBeing stuck in a profession that our ADHD doesn't like, can ruin our lives; blogging and coding helped me to do what I love while being my own boss.
- How to Take Ritalin: What I Learned the Hard Wayit took me two months to begin learning how to take Ritalin for ADHD, to avoid its side effects. Finally I've found five questions to ask myself before taking a dose.
- ADHD in the Classroom: Strategies to Make the Most of a Class (High School and College)Without knowing I had ADHD, I went through my formal education successfully, thanks to great teachers and strategies I came up with as I grew older; these days, I’ve found that it all coincides with the methods that current educators follow.
- How Having ADHD Saved Me From a Lifetime of TraumasAfter being diagnosed as an adult with ADHD, I learned how little I knew about it; since I never felt its symptoms I thought it wasn’t affecting my life. Now it seems ADHD not only defined me as person but also, saved my life.
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Pina Varnel, Visual Development artist | @ADHD_Alien
Jessica McCabe, YouTuber with a great ADHD Toolkit | @HowToADHD