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What Does It Feel Like to Have ADHD?

Everyone is not “a little bit ADHD.” And, no, this isn’t a medical fad. To understand what it really feels like to live with symptoms of attention defict, read this honest talk from ADDitude readers.

We asked ADDitude readers, “What does it feel like to have ADHD?”


Like I need an “off” button for my brain.


When I try to explain to others that some of my behavior is due to ADHD, they say I am making an excuse. —Bee, Florida


Everyone thinks I do dumb things on purpose. My friends tell me that everyone has attention deficit. Sometimes I just feel stupid. —Angie, Mexico


Imagine that you crawled on your knees your whole life, but everybody around you walked on two legs. You recognize that you are different, and you know you should be walking like everyone else, but you just can’t keep your balance on two legs the way you can when you crawl. —Ashley, Ohio


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