• Liliana Turecki

A Day in the Life: A Woman Living with High-Functioning ADHD

Having an ADHD brain is an adventure in itself. Each day looks like a jigsaw puzzle with the pieces of events applied randomly. What’s intact on a regular basis, however, are the ADHD symptoms – a paradox of distraction and hyperfocus, inattention and hyperactivity, the urge to “get all tasks done” and struggling to even “get started” – the list goes on.

Let’s look at a day in the life of a female client who has ADHD and see how she empowers herself and embraces each day.

Scramble’ O Clock

  • Hitting countless snooze buttons

  • Another workout missed and I’m already running late for the meeting.

  • Rushing to take my medication and realizing I’m running out of them – need to restock on these!

  • I grab an outfit in a hurry and remember the laundry lying around in the washer. Are stress-free mornings even a thing?

  • Grabbing a breakfast bar on my way out. Running back upstairs to grab my phone. Rushing back again to grab my keys.

Point A to Point B (more like Point Q to Point C?)

  • An almost dead phone battery and the backseat is just a horror story, wondering when I can clean it

  • My friend wants me to take up his writing project. I’m struggling to focus at the moment so I pretend and nod

  • I remember my deadlines and put an awkward stop to the meeting to rush back home

Where’s the Order?

  • I schedule my day – just stick to it and the work would be done

  • It’s already 3:30 pm and my research needs to be complete by 5. It’s 6 pm, why am I on YouTube?

  • Alright, let’s get the writing started! I’m typing away furiously and I’m almost halfway through the assignment. But wait, a better idea pops in my head, let me work on that first.

  • I stop abruptly and decide to finish that laundry.

  • 10:30 pm and I still haven’t finished writing. Let me start over. I find myself back into the idea and lose track of time while writing (thanks, hyperfocus or maybe not).

  • I realize it’s 3 am while I’m almost about to pass out. I push the gigantic pile of clothes on my bed aside and fall asleep.

  • I’ll probably skip the workout tomorrow and not feel great about it.

High-functioning ADHD may be a catalyst to get your work done. But it does come with deeper emotional downsides – blaming yourself and not your ADHD or feeling drained and burdened. This is where a professional ADHD coach can help you with ADHD coaching. Connect with me for a free consultation to learn more about ADHD and help you create a game plan to heal and grow.




Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html

https://www.additudemag.com/high-iq-and-adhd-high-functioning/

https://www.verywellmind.com/add-symptoms-in-women-20394#citation-4

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