Living with a mental roadblock

Living with ADD before knowing the truth

Living with ADD but not knowing what was wrong was hard. I was always a little bit behind in school because I get distracted easily, I'm restless, forgetful, disorganized and making careless mistakes. I always needed tutoring just to keep up with my classes in elementary school. I told my parents and joked that I was like Dory from Finding Nemo. My parents decided to take me to the doctor to see what was wrong. Living with ADHD was like trying to figure out which switches to activate or deactivate.
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Finding out the truth/Coping

When my parents took me to the doctor and described my symptoms, he had me take a sort of test. When the results came back, we found out the problem: I was ADHD.

Even though we knew the truth, I didn't think coping would be easy. I felt that knowing what was wrong made everything worse because everytime something happened (like my grades falling), I would blame my ADD and become even more sidetracked than I was before. My parents told me coping would be easy if I let it. All I had to do was keep my mind off it. I write in my free time, draw/paint, hang out with my friends/youthgroup, watch my favorite TV shows, listen to music and play Wii.

What I've Learned From ADHD

Dealing with ADHD is hard, but I've learned an important lesson: It's okay to be different. Just don't let people get to you if they tease you. So what if you're different? It's who you are. People can be mean about your differences, but that doesn't mean you're a bad person. It's like being the Doctor on Doctor Who. He looks human, but he's really an alien with two hearts from the planet Gallifrey. He's different, and some people think he's mental. But his companions don't. They love him. Even though he's strange, they treat him like a human. In a good way of course.
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Advice For Other Teens

If you're a teenager like me with ADD, here's some advice for you: Just keep living life. ADD won't get in the way unless you let it. It can be hard, but it doesn't take all the fun out of life. ADD might get you down, but you can always get right back up if you choose to.