Technically, the short answer is no. However, you can improve the overall quality of your life regardless of how severe your symptoms of ADHD are. The symptoms of ADHD can seem debilitating, but they are not. They only appear debilitating because they have been taken out of context.
Adapting to ADHD
People with ADHD are like left-handed people, trying to adapt to a world of right-handed people. Now, left-handed people adapt to right-handed rules all the time. However, if society suddenly developed ironclad rules about handedness, being left-handed would certainly be an issue.
ADHD and Academia
If you have ADHD, you probably got diagnosed in the first or second grade. Your experiences with school were most likely akin to a tug of war, between you and the teacher and your parents. From missing assignments to your battle in staying focused in the classroom.
In proper context, ADHD is not true diagnosis or disability. Afterall, chances are that you have a favorite hobby where you demonstrate plenty of patience and discipline. However, when it comes to academia, ADHD becomes a disability.
This is because academia in its rigidity, requires you to sit still and absorb information for hours at a time. It’s not that ADHD people can’t do this; the problem is that the ADHD mind yearns to apply learned information. This seldom happens with most subjects taught at schools.
So, you will think that someone with ADHD will simply leave school and live life on their own terms, right? Most often, people with ADHD stick with what they are familiar with, even if it’s a lifestyle they have come to resent.
Creating the Life You Want
The reason for this is due to the neurological wiring of the mind from exposure to certain ways of thinking and behaving. So, if you have spent your life failing to adapt to an environment, you actually become good at failing to adapt to that environment. Further, as ridiculous as it may sound, you will seek out a similar environment in your adulthood to fail to adapt to.
A good example would be spending twelve years struggling to adapt to school, an additional four years struggling to adapt to college and then finding a nine to five which you will struggle to adapt to. The problem with this pattern is that as time goes on, failing to adapt becomes more costly.
In school, you get in trouble with your parents and teachers for failing to adapt. The worst that could happen would be grounding and detention. In college, while you may still get in trouble with your parents, you run the risk of failing out of school. While in the working world, you run the risk of losing income.
The good news is that if you develop a better understanding of your symptoms of ADHD, you can learn to use them to your advantage. First, you will have to determine the type of life you want to live, moving forward.
In my next post, I will be discussing what causes poor organization and planning and what to do about it.