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Adults with ADHD may be more vulnerable to gaslighting due to issues with self-esteem, difficulty with past relationships, and feelings of guilt and shame. Know that there is hope, and you can rebuild your life after living with gaslighting for months or even years. Adhd Odd, Adhd And Autism, Adhd Facts, Adhd Quotes, Psychological Manipulation, Adhd Help, Adhd Brain, Natural Remedies, Psychology

Why Adults with ADHD Are at Risk of Gaslighting

Adults with ADHD may be more vulnerable to gaslighting due to issues with self-esteem, difficulty with past relationships, and feelings of guilt and shame. Know that there is hope, and you can rebuild your life after living with gaslighting for months or even years.

On good days, my acting skills are worthy of an Oscar. But on bad days, my #ADHD pushes me into a dark, quiet personal world that few know exists. Here are 10 circumstances in which I feel overwhelmingly lost, alone, or confused — and no one else has a clue. @jsilny Adhd Facts, Engage In Conversation, Attention Deficit Disorder, Behavioral Issues, Adhd And Autism, Adult Adhd, Acting Skills, Bad Day, I Am Bad

“What My Worst Days with ADHD Feel Like”

On good days, my acting skills are worthy of an Oscar. But on bad days, my #ADHD pushes me into a dark, quiet personal world that few know exists. Here are 10 circumstances in which I feel overwhelmingly lost, alone, or confused — and no one else has a clue. @jsilny

Many of us feel we're living a charade. We construct intricate facades designed to hide the personality traits that cause us the most shame, then spend our days fearing someone will expose us as a fraud. There is a better, more authentic way to live. Read on for advice. Adhd And Autism, Adhd Kids, Adhd Brain, Adhd Strategies, Adult Adhd, Color Psychology, Social Science, Self Esteem, Anxiety

7 Masks We Use to Hide Our ADHD Faults

Many of us feel we're living a charade. We construct intricate facades designed to hide the personality traits that cause us the most shame, then spend our days fearing someone will expose us as a fraud. There is a better, more authentic way to live. Read on for advice.

"Few jerks ever put in as much work as people with ADHD do to recognize and fight the times they let themselves and the people around them down." Let Me Down, Let It Be, Youre Not Alone, Bad Person, Mental Illness, Disability, Adhd, Behavior, Anxiety

Does Bad Behavior Make Me a Bad Person?

"Few jerks ever put in as much work as people with ADHD do to recognize and fight the times they let themselves and the people around them down."

“I was overwhelmed with relief to finally know that I’m not a terrible, lazy selfish, person full of excuses. All my troubles were components of my undiagnosed ADHD, anxiety, and mood disorder. But I was also overwhelmed with sadness and confusion because I could no longer decipher ‘me’ from my ‘disorders.’” Adhd Odd, Adhd And Autism, Mental Health Facts, What Is Adhd, Adhd Help, Adhd Brain, Adhd Diet, Adhd Strategies, Feeling Like A Failure

“I Felt Guilty for Knowing Better – But Never Being Able to Do Better”

“I was overwhelmed with relief to finally know that I’m not a terrible, lazy selfish, person full of excuses. All my troubles were components of my undiagnosed ADHD, anxiety, and mood disorder. But I was also overwhelmed with sadness and confusion because I could no longer decipher ‘me’ from my ‘disorders.’”

“If you are fat with ADHD, the mirror that society holds up to you reinforces all of your worst suspicions about yourself. Self-perceptions of being ‘lazy’ or ‘careless’ collide with emotional hypersensitivity when you are fat shamed. Then, of course, there is the rejection sensitive dysphoria that delivers a double dose of shame and self-loathing.” Adhd Diagnosis, Life Falling Apart, Fat Acceptance, Im Fat, I Love School, Adult Adhd, Weight Loss Surgery, My Emotions, Phobias

"I'm Fat. I Have ADHD. And I Won't Be Ashamed Anymore."

“If you are fat with ADHD, the mirror that society holds up to you reinforces all of your worst suspicions about yourself. Self-perceptions of being ‘lazy’ or ‘careless’ collide with emotional hypersensitivity when you are fat shamed. Then, of course, there is the rejection sensitive dysphoria that delivers a double dose of shame and self-loathing.”

“Being repeatedly misunderstood causes people with ADHD to deeply misunderstand themselves and their situations. Feeling deficient and mistrusting yourself from an early age makes it extraordinarily difficult to properly evaluate yourself as an adult. These misunderstandings can have rough consequences, so what can we do about it?” Adhd Odd, Adhd Help, Adhd Brain, Adhd Strategies, Adult Adhd, Executive Functioning, Mental Disorders, Man Up, Crazy Life

“Has ADHD Warped Your Sense of Self? It’s Time to Reclaim Your Story — and Power.”

“Being repeatedly misunderstood causes people with ADHD to deeply misunderstand themselves and their situations. Feeling deficient and mistrusting yourself from an early age makes it extraordinarily difficult to properly evaluate yourself as an adult. These misunderstandings can have rough consequences, so what can we do about it?”

“There’s no denying that those of us with ADHD were made different. We tend to be more generous, more loving, more funny, more creative, and more entrepreneurial. The problem, it turns out, is not within our own selves. The problem is with the society we were born into.” Adhd Diagnosis, Low Self Worth, College Tuition, Mental Health Disorders, Youre Not Alone, Self Care Activities, Losing Everything, Adhd Kids, Ups And Downs

The Black Sheep of Mental Health Disorders: Living With ADHD

“There’s no denying that those of us with ADHD were made different. We tend to be more generous, more loving, more funny, more creative, and more entrepreneurial. The problem, it turns out, is not within our own selves. The problem is with the society we were born into.”

“If most of your time is spent just trying to fit in and perform at school, grades become intertwined with ego. If you fail, you’re a failure; if you succeed, you have purpose and meaning. It’s extremely frustrating to not be able to ‘do life’ efficiently, and it wears away on even the strongest of hearts with the most support.” Durham University, Adhd Strategies, Adhd Kids, Creative Teaching, Stock Foto, Places Around The World, Botanical Gardens, Wild Flowers, Weed

“I Thought I Was a Weed. Now I Nourish Wild Flowers in My Classroom.”

“If most of your time is spent just trying to fit in and perform at school, grades become intertwined with ego. If you fail, you’re a failure; if you succeed, you have purpose and meaning. It’s extremely frustrating to not be able to ‘do life’ efficiently, and it wears away on even the strongest of hearts with the most support.”

Unconditional love from a furry friend (or a not-so-furry one) can do wonders for a child’s self-esteem and peace of mind. If your child has ADHD, consider adopting a pet — our readers praise their abilities to ease their children to sleep and improve their sense of responsibility.  #ADHD Terriers, Alaskan Klee Kai Puppy, Thor, Best Pets For Kids, Pet Dogs, Dogs And Puppies, Puppy Sitting, Dog Facts, Le Male

Your Turn: Does a Pet Help You or Your Child Feel Better?

Unconditional love from a furry friend (or a not-so-furry one) can do wonders for a child's self-esteem and peace of mind. If your child has ADHD, consider adopting a pet — our readers praise their abilities to ease their children to sleep and improve their sense of responsibility.

“For many people with ADHD, shame arises from the repeated failure to meet expectations from parents, teachers, friends, bosses, and the world.” Here, Dr. William Dodson explains how to shed that emotional burden. Signs Of Depression, Dealing With Depression, Supplements For Anxiety, Adult Adhd, How To Treat Anxiety, Anxiety Treatment, Adhd

ADHD and the Epidemic of Shame

“For many people with ADHD, shame arises from the repeated failure to meet expectations from parents, teachers, friends, bosses, and the world.” Here, Dr. William Dodson explains how to shed that emotional burden.

ADHD in women can often mean significant emotional struggles and self-esteem issues. Here's one woman's story of overcoming self-stigma associated with her ADHD diagnosis and symptoms. Inattentive Adhd, Adhd Diagnosis, Internal Monologue, Adhd Medication, Self Esteem Issues, Adult Adhd, Youre Not Alone, Find People, Anxiety

“I’m Not Hiding My ADHD Anymore”

I have a brain difference, and I'm not ashamed. I’d rather be known for what I actually am — as the woman with ADHD, fidget spinner and all — than as the dumb blonde of my childhood.

“You are going to do amazing things because you are different. Don’t let something you can’t change — be it an ADHD characteristic or a global pandemic — keep you from accomplishing great things just as you are. I didn’t let it stop me from writing two books in high school.” Adhd Symptoms, Self Acceptance, Parenting, Positivity, Ads, Success Story, Amazing Things, Autism, Mental Health

“Don’t Buy Into the Myth That Your ADHD Characteristics are Flaws.”

“You are going to do amazing things because you are different. Don’t let something you can’t change — be it an ADHD characteristic or a global pandemic — keep you from accomplishing great things just as you are. I didn’t let it stop me from writing two books in high school.”

Hypersensitivity challenges are common in adults with ADHD. If chewing sounds, being hugged, or putting on makeup drive you crazy, you are not alone. Adhd Brain, My Brain, Adhd Odd, Adhd Diagnosis, Misophonia, Lack Of Focus, Adhd Strategies, Sensory Overload, Adhd Symptoms

“Please Don’t Hug Me! Seriously. And More Weird Things That Trigger My Hypersensitive ADHD"

Ever since I was a child, the sound of people chewing has filled me with a desperate rage. Ditto putting on makeup. And please don't even think of hugging me. Did you think you were the only one with these hypersensitive ADHD quirks? You are not alone, you wonderfully strange human. Let's not hug it out.

"I have spent almost 40 years worrying and imagining every possible thing that could go wrong. I have trembled in the wee hours of the morning. I have run scenarios like an actuary. Even I couldn’t have imagined this. Inattentive Adhd, Adhd Diagnosis, Psychological Manipulation, Adhd Children, Adhd Strategies, Adhd Symptoms, Adult Adhd, Borderline Personality Disorder, Gaslighting

“What Happened When I Stopped Apologizing for Being Me”

When I started researching ADHD, all of my “differences” finally made sense. My quirks were part of my brain chemistry. I was done contorting myself to fit into a neurotypical world…until I realized that life is smoothest when we all make concessions in the name of harmony.

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“I’ve Been Proving People Wrong All My Life”

When people who look at me differently, talk down to me, or judge me because of “my illness” (as some call ADHD), I push back.