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You are your ADHD

The other day, I saw a website for people with ADHD folks that had a podcast episode titled, “You are not your ADHD.”

Frankly, this feels like ableist nonsense to me.

ADHD isn’t just some subset of my personality, like being really into fantasy RPGs. It’s not a disease I’m battling. It’s not a character defect.

My ADHD means my brain is different from someone neurotypical. By extension, my ADHD is me, for better and worse.

Because of my ADHD, I’m…

  • The person who brings a ton of energy to a room and fills it with excitement.
  • Full of more ideas than I could implement in a lifetime.
  • Someone who speaks directly and says what’s on my mind (even when it’s uncomfortable).
  • Deeply concerned about others, and outraged by inequality and injustice.
  • Prone to starting things but not finishing them.
  • More sensitive to rejection, and take it very personally.
  • Able to get a month’s worth of work done is less than a week if I’m excited about something.
  • Loud! Abrasive! “A lot!”
  • Able to get over things really quickly.
  • And so on, and so on…

I’m not ADHD in the sense that “talking about my ADHD” isn’t my entire personality, but my ADHD is who I am. It’s the way my brain is wired, and it impacts nearly every facet of my life and personality.

That’s not good or bad. It’s not a personal failing. It doesn’t make me better than any one else.

It just makes me different, and I fucking love that about myself.