Pandemic And ADHD – Judgments In The World I’m Living In

It is quite disappointing that some people think that having ADHD during this pandemic is a disaster. That no matter how they try and think about positivity, they often believe that people like us with the condition won’t make it in a day. It is not that alarming, but quite hurtful though. Yes, we may be struggling with some mental health issues, but we are confident that the emotional aspects are all the same with those individuals who don’t have a mental condition like us.

Impulsiveness

When other people think about ADHD, impulsiveness often comes first in their minds. Well, not that it is not correct, but some interpretations during this pandemic are not that true. Others assume that we get to feel pressure ten times more that we don’t think about our actions and responses anymore. Honestly, we do know what we are doing. It is just that we can’t control ourselves sometimes, especially when we feel too anxious. But who else doesn’t? I mean, most people struggling during this time acts impulsively. These people do not think through their decisions and rely on quick feelings too.

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Poor Time Management Skills

For individuals with ADHD, time management is quite confusing and hard. I certainly agree that people with a mental condition like us often fail to prioritize tasks and sometimes fail to handle their obligations. But in this time of the pandemic, people with ADHD are not the only ones prone to those unhealthy skills. Normal individuals without mental condition also suffer from a lack of self-esteem due to their inability to handle their time properly. It is not only us that live in a world full of uncertainties. So there is no sense in looking down on us just because we suffer from a mental illness.

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Low Frustration Tolerance

Another disappointing thing is when people make us feel that we are overreacting about everything. That our condition is something that they can laugh about because they think we are not in control. Well, at the point of controlling our mood and reactions, they might be right. But for the majority of all individuals in the world, I can pretty much say that they also have low frustration tolerance during this time of the pandemic. People experience a lot of financial, emotional, physical, and mental issues that break them. So that means low frustration tolerance is not limited to us people with ADHD only.

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Hard To Control Behavior

Perhaps this is the worse time for us with ADHD because others look at us as unreasonable individuals. As much as we want to behave generally as others do, there are limitations to what we can offer due to our mental health condition. When people tell us that we are unreasonable for not paying attention, having trouble focusing, and disorganizing, they are correct. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t listen. That doesn’t mean we intentionally want to present behaviors they dislike. Honestly, we can function and concentrate.

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Can’t Handle Relationship

Sadly, for most people, they view individuals with ADHD in a very hurtful way. Most of them assume that because we have ADHD, we are no longer capable of being in a relationship. And that our mental condition is locked in psychological learning disorder that overlaps mental incapacity. But that’s not true. Yes, we encounter some problems with our relationship due to our behaviors, but we are still capable of loving and caring.

There are quite a few individuals with ADHD who might fit into other people’s descriptions. But I encourage everyone to learn more about our condition before handing out their judgment.

Reminders For Managing ADHD During COVID-19

I know the situation can be difficult and challenging for individuals who are managing ADHD during this pandemic. However, if the system, plans, and organization of addressing the condition during this chaos get noted, there could be a slight chance of a better life. And if people with ADHD maintain their schedule the way they usually do, it can be a great help in allowing them to stay emotionally, physically, and mentally healthy amidst this global crisis.

The Important List Of Reminders

Ensure Enough Medication – If you are a person with ADHD and are taking medications, you need to have enough of what you are taking. Since the pandemic situation limits people from going outside, your number one priority is to avoid running out of your prescription. But you also have to consider the disadvantages of having too much. You might get caught up with too many drugs on your reach and become dependent on it all the time. With that, be sure to check regularly and only secure the amount you need so you can continue taking your meds.

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Adjust On Your Routine And Stick With It – Now that you experience this weirdness of the situation, you need to stick to the new routine, you can come up with as much as possible. This level of disruption in your life will make it challenging to keep your focus on productive things. You have to try adjusting to your schedules and then try to work on it slowly and manageably. Make adjustments that are necessary for your living. But note that you can’t put things all together. So if you can also partition the things you can do in a day, it would be great.

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Be Considerate In Meeting Your Body’s Needs – Normally, having an ADHD condition requires you to eat healthily. It will allow you to fuel your body with enough nutrients and energy. Yes, there will be times that you won’t have access to the healthy foods you usually eat. With that, you need to ensure proper exercise to compensate for that insufficiency. It doesn’t have to be a full-course workout session. You only need some physical activities that are enough to pump your immune system. You can do some push-ups, sit-up, jumping jacks, and so on. Then it would be best if you also got enough sleep to allow your body to self-heal and rejuvenate.

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Secure A Social Connection With people – Having ADHD is challenging; that is why you need an outlet for emotional and mental strain. You need to ensure to keep contact with people even though they are not within reach. You can try and utilize technological devices to communicate with your loved ones and share thoughts with them. Ensure to have a meaningful conversation that can allow you to vent out emotions. Do not let yourself get drained with isolation and loneliness. Remind yourself always to find an alternative to connect socially.

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Find Time To Meditate – In this pandemic time, there is so much negativity going on that can affect your current condition. So before it entirely takes a toll on your life, be sure you practice meditation. Be mindful of connecting your mind and body to your inner peace so that you can deal with this situation properly. Yes, things will not always go your way.  But when you stay positive despite the chaos that has been going around, you will emotionally and mentally make it.

During this global crisis, it is hard to keep up with your schedule, especially if you have a mental condition. So be sure to keep up with these reminders.

Prevent Your Child From Being Bullied

Teasing is an inevitable part of childhood, and kids with difficulties are often the target of bullying in school, especially those with ADHD.  They usually do not know how to react appropriately and would sometimes just be silent about it, especially when someone teases them.  When this happens, parents should be the children’s comfort and refuge.

 

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The School Psychiatrist Can Help Your Kid Succeed In School 

A child with ADHD is expected to have difficulty in school as he will be required to sit still, quietly listen, concentrate, pay attention, and follow instructions.  Their brain power is there, but the difficulty to focus hinders their ability to finish their tasks.   “Typically, jumpiness, inattentiveness, and impulsiveness, behaviors thought to be signs of ADHD, first turn up in a classroom situation,” says Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. Their hyperactivity and too much energy make them incapable of understanding the instructions and they may disrupt the class.  What others do not realize is that they do not do it on purpose, but just that their brains would not let them.    

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ADHD Discussion: What Are The Things A Person Can Do?

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For most people, an indifferent behavior or reaction is something that creates a distinguishing feature for an individual who has ADHD and those who does not. According to Steven L. Pastyrnak, “We need to be more aware of how the ADHD impacts their ability to listen, follow through on tasks, and control their impulses.” Some signs and symptoms can tell if someone’s brain is not functioning well compared to others. Yes, it may take to run a couple of tests before an expert can make a diagnosis. But all in all, the result of the brain function will still end up different from the usual. Given that case of a person with ADHD, essential things should always have to get considered.

Educating One’s Self Toward The Mental Illness

It is not always that someone with ADHD knows what is happening to him. “As an adult with ADHD, your first and most important job is to learn everything you can about ADHD, especially in adults, and about your own Adult ADHD in particular,” explained ADHD Coach Linda Walker. Sometimes, due to the presence of consistent emotional and mental dysfunction, a person believes what he is having tends to be okay. With that, he finds no interest in checking his behavior or reaction on things that he cannot seem to understand. However, if the condition is something that is affecting all aspect of someone’s life, one needs to educate himself. Lots of information is out there. Some are books, articles, videos, podcasts, documentaries, and so on. Yes, not all of it is reliable. But at least there is plenty of trustworthy sources where someone can have excellent information regarding ADHD.

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Connect With People Who Also Have ADHD

Medical professionals are indeed vital parts of a mental health journey of someone with ADHD. However, these people can sometimes lose track of someone’s emotional and psychological state. That is because there are cases that most of them rely on medication. What someone with an ADHD needs to do is connect with people who share the same experience as his. He needs to find someone that he will become comfortable with sharing his thoughts and feelings. The person must not think of the engagement as something embarrassing. Instead, he should see it as a necessity for convenient recovery. Through this, it can help normalize what someone and others with ADHD are going through.

Find The Best Support One Can Get

Knowing someone is not alone with the psychological battle helps in healing. That is the reason why finding the right people to surround himself with is the best thing he can do. There is no more excellent feeling than having an individual that will care and love someone without questions and asking something in return. It is indeed not always like that, though. Some people might get fed up and eventually leave because they cannot handle the pressure of dealing with someone with ADHD anymore. But some can be more than willing to stay and offer their all only to make the person with mental condition safe and loved. “People with ADHD have so much to contribute to relationships—enthusiasm, creativity, energy, humor, and more. Don’t keep those amazing traits from others by not giving them the chance to know you better,” stated Amy Morin, LCSW.

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These are only samples of the few things a person with or without an ADHD can do. There are so many other things that potentially make a difference in the way people look and accept ADHD. They only need to try looking on things from a different perspective.

Beneficial Activities For Children With ADHD

 

 

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As much a parent wants to treat a child with ADHD like any regular son or daughter, the fact that he or she has special needs remains.  “ADHD is a challenge, not necessarily an excuse for kids,” says Steven L. Pastyrnak, PhD, of the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Michigan. One of their absolute requirements is to have an outlet for their overflowing energy. After all, preventing a hyperactive kid to move around is similar to telling a baby to make their dinner. Read: impossible.

Even when it’s the child’s safety you’re after, there are still physical activities you can introduce to kids with ADHD.

 

  1. Football/Soccer

Sports such as football or soccer allow a child to communicate well with other kids and adults and practice body-and-mind coordination. Since it also involves fast plays, his or her concentration can improve in no time.

 

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  1. Arts

Drawing, painting, or sculpting is beneficial for kids with ADHD as they get to express whatever they can’t say through art. It may give them an insight as well on what career they can pursue in the future. “As an art therapist, I will notice the same attention difficulties in how a child approaches an art task,” says Stacey Nelson, LCPC, LCPAT, ATR-BC.

 

  1. Hiking

The activity offers the kid an opportunity to walk or run for hours, which can be challenging when you’re living in the city. It can become a bonding experience for the entire family as well.

 

  1. Debate

Being in the debate team trains your child’s mind to stay alert and counter whatever claim the other group drops. They’ll also deal with facts, which can sharpen their memory.

 

  1. Music

Multitasking is a part of life that a kid with ADHD must understand. Playing instruments or singing can help in that department without causing a disturbance throughout their system.

 

  1. Swimming

If the child loves the water and you want him or her to learn discipline, you may opt for swimming. This sport can keep up with their unlimited supply of energy and teach them great focus, respectively.

 

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  1. Martial Arts

Karate, taekwondo, and other martial arts are perfect for your little one, especially if they are just picking up rules. The bonus is that any of these practices show the kid how to respect both peers and elders. “Martial-arts training teaches self control, it’s very structured, and it allows them to get exercise,” says ADHD specialist David W. Kidder, PhD, a psychologist in private practice in Slidell, La. “Those are all good things for kids with ADHD.”

 

  1. Tennis

In case you aim to train your child the best ways to cope with their short attention span alone or with others, tennis is a great option. Aside from enabling him or her to exhaust their energy, it teaches attentiveness too.

  1. Baseball

The sport can assist kids in overcoming impatience as understanding the best way to bat, catch, and throw the ball may take a while. There are various positions to take note of as well, and they have to move around the diamond field continually.

 

Tips On Selecting The Most Suitable Activity For Your Child

  1. Choose One That Builds Up Confidence

Having the disorder can make your little boy or girl self-conscious most of the time. Hence, the hobby or sport that he or she will participate in should also help them find their strengths and excel at it. That can give a fantastic boost to their confidence level.

 

  1. Go For Non-Disconcerting Classes

As a parent, you wish your kid learns something from the activity you enroll him or her to, right? In that case, it’s vital to know beforehand if the location or the program has facets that may distract the child. If there is, it may be better to opt for a different class.

 

  1. Seek A Schedule

A routine is essential for youngsters with ADHD too. They need to grasp how their day will progress; otherwise, they can’t function well and lag behind their peers.

ADHD In My Case

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I get a lot of comments about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. Some say it is a condition someone only builds up to grab attention. Some believe that it is just all in mind and that there is nothing to worry about it. Some think that it is not a complicated situation, and all individuals that have it can do something to cure it whenever they want. But I say it is never like that.

The Shame And Stigma Of  ADHD

In the world where everyone doubts you, it becomes impossible not to question yourself as well. According to CARL SHERMAN, PH.D., “People with ADHD tend to have trouble seeing themselves realistically, and the desire to avoid discrimination makes it even harder.” With all the stigma of how people look at the mental condition, everything about it becomes frustrating. It is as if the whole point of ADHD results in an unnoticed amount of shame. It is debilitating. It causes patients an intense amount of negative guilt. With that, people’s perception toward an action of someone with ADHD gets often considered wrong. That no matter how persistent these people try to create a meaningful life, their behavior will ruin everything for them. So with all the debilitating shame coming from people’s unwanted judgment, it becomes someone’s valid reason not to seek help.

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How I Look AT It

I also experience the same kind of judgment from those people who cannot seem to open their minds toward understanding what ADHD is. I know it is not people’s obligation to educate themselves on the medical condition. It is never their fault that some people like me have it. Honestly, that particular instance is what makes me feel vulnerable and weak. It is as if like I will never be anything but a failure. With all the negativity of people’s uneducated view of my condition, every inch of getting better becomes way too impossible. It feels like everything in life contributes significantly to my anxiety, stress, depression, and even addiction.

My ADHD is something I would never wish others to have. Honestly, although some may think that I am lucky to handle the condition well, they do not know how much effort I put in only to make things functional. I made a lot of sacrifices. There are times that I pushed my limits because I do not want people to treat me indifferently. The battles I have with my anger and agitation is the worst of it all. That is because even if I do not want to, I am hurting the people around who love me unconditionally. Unfortunately, that sucks. Psychiatrist Edward (Ned) Hallowell M.D. shares, “I invite you to speculate as to what has worked for you, what rules and tools helped you out most, and then see if what worked for me was what worked for you.”

Insight

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There is nothing someone can instantly do to manage their ADHD. Treatments and medication appear needed in some cases. I cannot also say that the ADHD I have right now is the same as everybody who has it because I know it is not. Every condition is different, as well as their symptoms. But when it comes to getting better, recovery is not just one choice we make. It is a series of life-changing decisions that we create, allowing us to be in control. As what EDWARD HALLOWELL, M.D. quoted, “We need to join the growing movement to celebrate mental diversity, celebrate the full range of what the human mind can do. We need get out from under the dark hood of shame and stigma that have held us back for millennia.”