17 Illustrations That Are Incredibly Real For Anyone With ADD

Aug 18, 2015

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Caroline Kee

No, you're not just ~distracted AF~.

1. ADD is more complicated than most people think.

 
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For starters, it's not always called ADD. In fact, it's now more often classified as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) inattentive-type. But lots of people (including some doctors) still refer to it as ADD.
 
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For starters, it's not always called ADD. In fact, it's now more often classified as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) inattentive-type. But lots of people (including some doctors) still refer to it as ADD.

2. You can focus, but there are so many little everyday things that can quickly change that.

 
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3. Retrieving thoughts — like when you're answering a question or talking to someone — isn't very easy.

 
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4. Routine is incredibly important.

 
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5. And, OK yes, your train of thought as you tell a story can get a little confusing for others.

 
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6. Sure, "zoning out" happens, but you're not just being spacey.

 
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7. Making up your mind is usually pretty complicated:

 
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8. And you might get super anxious over things that seem like NBD to most people.

 
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9. You can't always choose what your mind decides to focus on.

 
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10. Medication may help, but not really in the way that most people assume:

 
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11. When it comes to organization, you're usually hanging at one end of the extreme or the other.

 
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12. Sometimes you have more ideas than you know what to do with.

 
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13. FYI: People with ADD are not just limited to certain careers.

 
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14. Going to bed can be a struggle.

 
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15. People with ADD are very complex and intuitive — even though it's easy to get lost in one's head.

 
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16. And it means the world when other people get that.

 
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17. Because you're just like everybody else. While some things might be a little more difficult...

 
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You have incredible strengths, too.

 
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Caroline Kee is a health writer for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.