14. You Hardly Got Into Any Trouble at School
While you were in school you didn't get into that much trouble. At least, not more than the next person, right? Speaking of which, you may remember that one kid who was always in trouble.
Chances are that kid had ADHD, because kids with ADHD, especially boys, are prone to trouble. I spent most of my 6th-grade year in detention.
15. You Don't Easily Forget Things
People with ADHD easily forget things. Sometimes it is a little thing, like taking out the trash. Other times it is a doctor's appointment.
The only time someone with ADHD won't forget something is if they use a to-do list. Or if they may have someone who can remind them of what they need to do on a daily basis.
16. You Are Never Distracted or Sidetracked
Everybody gets distracted at some point. However, ADHD makes it happen often. And with ADHD you won't just get distracted for a moment. You will get completely sidetracked.
If you don't find yourself getting sidetracked on a daily basis, whether it be at work or in your daily life, you don't have ADHD.
17. You Don't Relish the Opportunity to Meet New People
You prefer to keep the friends you have, you don't actively seek new friends, and you have the same friends you had a year ago.
But someone with ADHD? They are constantly seeking new friends because they enjoy meeting new people.
18. You Will Not Be Bothered When Reading This List of ADHD Traits
- Difficulty paying attention.
- Don't listen when spoken to directly.
- Almost never follow instructions correctly.
- Always lose stuff.
- Fidget a lot.
- You're a motor mouth.
- Have a bad habit of interrupting the conversations of others.
19. People Know You for Getting Things Done Ahead of Time
If you had ADHD, you would be famous for the opposite. Believe me when I say that, when you have ADHD, you are lucky to get stuff done on time. Most of us get stuff done late.
20. You Don't Experience Random Fatigue
Because people with ADHD use a lot of energy to pay attention, they often find themselves fatigued without knowing why. (At least until they get diagnosed with ADHD)
Think about how much energy it takes for you to do a pushup. That's how much energy it takes someone with ADHD to pay attention when they don't want to.
21. You Almost Never Get Depressed
When is the last time you faced depression? When you have ADHD, you are more likely to get depressed. Not to say people with ADHD can't live happy lives.
Depression is a common symptom of ADHD because we are more sensitive to small things. It is hard for us to process emotions and deal with things like rejection. Our inability to be emotionally competent leads to depression.
22. Your Day Starts When You Wake Up
Let's say you and I both wake up at 7 a.m. By the time 8 a.m. comes around, your day will be in full swing. Meanwhile, mine is just starting.
It usually takes people with ADHD longer to start their day. It may be because their medicine has not kicked in yet, or maybe because their brain wakes up slower.
23. You Usually Go to Bed on Time
People with ADHD never go to bed on time. Ever.
I'm sure I speak for many with ADHD when I say I have never been to bed on time. Not even as a child. If I go to bed at 9 p.m. so I can be asleep by 10 p.m. I will still stay up late.
24. You Don't Smoke Cigarettes
A recent study says about 40 percent of people with ADHD smoke, which makes sense. Many people with ADHD have anxiety, smoking would help them cope.
It only goes to show, you are more likely to be healthy if you don't smoke. No cancer, no lung disease, and no ADHD. Don't smoke!
25. You Don't Daydream Often, but When You Do It's Boring
If you could pay to see an ADHD dream, you would.
People with ADHD are much more likely to daydream than normal people due to their increased creativity and tendency to get bored or distracted. Our daydreams are better than any movie you have ever seen.