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.