Beneath my bubbly, exuberant exterior I hide a lifetime of anxiety, but people see a neatly made bed, a promotion at work, dinner on the table, and children who make it to school (just barely) on time. They see a competent, highly functioning, superwoman with a smile on her face. But behind that smile, I’m holding my breath or gritting my teeth almost all of the time — sure that my house of cards will fall at any moment. Thanks in large part to my ADHD, every task takes longer, feels harder, and wears me down in a way I could never explain. It’s lonely, perplexing, and exhausting. This is what it’s like to have ADHD.

What to Do Next

Read The Civil War Inside My Brain Download 15 Ways to Disarm (and Understand) Explosive ADHD EmotionsListen to the Webinar “Emotional Distress Syndrome and the ADHD Brain” with James Ochoa, LPCExplore Emotions & Shame

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