I promise I’ll be back soon

I want to keep writing here. I’m trying. I’ll be back soon x

In the meantime go to http://www.adhdsa.com.au … I’m trying to start an entire statewide support and information service network, and if you’ve got something to offer, I’d love you to help out.

Contact me via the link (top right) on the homepage over there, if you can help. Subscribe and share me if you wouldn’t mind. Send your ADHD suffering peeps my way to jump on the real info bandwagon with me. If you have it – let me know! Volunteer to be profiled, share your best links or online information, and if ANYONE is in South Australia – whatever you can offer locally is welcome 🙂

Thats what I’m trying to do. And recover – badly managed ADHD (lately anyway). Intensely horrendous grief (my Dad dying has basically fucked me up as much as I expected it to…), heavy depression, and all of it triggering a great cascade of every prior mental health event in my life it seems – so all the GAD and other anxiety issues – bam. Back. All the PTSD I didn’t get, ohhh I’ve got it now, for a number of different traumas, too the bugger – and all the work I did for all of that to succeed in what was basically self-counselling – GONE GONE GONE… I’ve got all the things I worked hard to escape or recover from, all at once, plus stressful real life AND cranky pants at the decimation of my work on top.

Oh, what joy it is to be Curious Kels in 2017 :\ Still waiting to catch a break, a breath, and a chance to just exhale without another slap of universe-negativity in my reality. Just a moment….

I am glad for the health of my kids, my beautiful friends and my (barely hanging in there) sanity. Otherwise, OMG I’m cage fighting the universe right now, only I’ve got nothing but a bitch slap.

It’ll be ok. Eventually. It must be.

 

PS my eldest turned 18 and he’s a lovely, on track, not rebellious, respectful of his mother boy. WOOHOO! #proudmum …
Ok, see you soon xo

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What Your ADHD & ADD Kids (and adults) Are Really Thinking

Can I add – NOT just the kids. As an adult I can relate to this in regards to a number of people in my life. 

 

Do you ever think about what your kids must be thinking? We all tend to put words into their mouths – what we wish they were thinking. But the truth is, if we ever really listened to what they are trying to say with their eyes, or their body-language, or their one or two word answers, we might be surprised at how wise they really are.

Recently, I had a middle-of-the-night inspiration when I gained some clarity about what it must be like to live inside the brains of my children. I am sharing that insight with you here—an imagined letter from all of my kids, at every age and stage, all rolled into one voice. Go with me. I think you’ll find it useful.

Dear Mom and Dad,

I’m glad you helped me give a name to all the things that make me feel so different from other kids – ADD, or is it ADHD? I’m trying to understand it, but it seems a little strange. Isn’t this how everyone thinks?

Sometimes it feels so strange to be me. I know you get frustrated with me. I don’t blame you. So do I.

It would be nice, if you could try to remember that I’m not doing things on purpose just to make you crazy – at least, most of the time I’m not. :-) A lot of times, when you get annoyed with me, I think it might be because of my ADHD.

  • Like when my thoughts are racing and they go so fast I can’t seem to capture any of them. They’re there – I promise – but they fly away so quickly. I wish I could remember some of them. That way, when you ask what I think about something, I’d remember what I thought, and not just stare at you.
  • Or like when I put something down without noticing, so then I can’t find it when I want it.
  • Or when you send me to my room to get my socks and I get to my room and see something else and then I forget I was supposed to be getting socks.
  • Or when I forget what you taught me and I yell at my sister before I take 3 breaths.
  • Or when I act like I didn’t do anything wrong cause I feel so bad about it that I’m too embarrassed to admit it.
  • Or when I study for a test, and I think I really know it, and then I get into the test and my mind goes completely blank.
  • Or when I forget to turn in my homework (for three weeks!)
  • Or when I can’t help saying something that pops into my mind because it’s really funny, before I remember that it’s probably not a good time.
  • Or when I don’t stop talking.
  • Or when I forget to talk out loud and think that you can hear the thoughts in my head.
  • Or when I get an idea and I’m really excited and I can’t help from focusing on it, even though I’m supposed to be doing something else.
  • Or when I get really upset and I’m not even sure why, but something just really hurts or feels scary and I can’t explain it.

I know you know more about my ADHD than I do, but I just wanted you to know what it feels like from the inside. When you roll your eyes or make sarcastic comments, it hurts my feelings.

But I really like it when you make a joke and pretend its no big deal. THAT helps a lot. And when you tell me when I do something right, I can’t tell you how great that makes me feel.

Cause I hate messing up all the time. I feel bad enough already.

So, as I said, I know that I make you mad and frustrated sometimes.  Me, too. But I hope you know that I’m trying really hard. I really want to be good. But sometimes, I just don’t have as much control as you think I should – or as I wish I did. I’m getting better, though. At least I think I am. Anyway, sometimes I just want to know that you know I’m trying. Does that make sense?

Well, that’s all for now — my ADHD brain from the inside out.

I love you,

Your Loving Child

“This article originally appeared on ImpactADHD.com and is reproduced with permission.”