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ADHD in Different Settings

Eileen Rosewater

mount st. mary's university campus

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a great week so far. This week I want to discuss how signs of ADHD appear in different settings and share some of my own experiences with these settings. The settings are at home, at school, and in social situations.

Here is what ADHD can look like at home:

  • trouble/failure to finish homework or chores
  • losing track of things (i.e, homework, keys, cell phone)
  • trouble performing simple tasks quietly 

At school, ADHD might look like:

  • difficulty sitting still
  • difficulty keeping organized (i.e, organized binder, being able to find papers)
  • makes careless mistakes
  • difficulty paying attention to detail

 And in social situations, it can look like this:

  • excessive talking
  • has a hard time waiting their turn
  • interrupts others
  • intrudes on others conversations 

For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with impulsivity, making careless mistakes, not being able to pay attention for long periods of time, and having a hard time sitting still. All of these things affected me in school, at home, and in the work environment. Even as a junior in college, I sometimes struggle to pay close attention during my classes and I continue to make careless mistakes with my work. It's gotten better since I take medication to help with focus, but it's something I will always have to work on and monitor. Just last week, I submitted a paper with a bunch of typos in it. Luckily it was just a first draft, but they were simple mistakes that I shouldn't be making. 

Something I have to remember to do is advocate for myself in all of the settings in which my ADHD affects me. In the school setting, I send my accommodations letter to my professors at the start of every semester, and I make sure to take my tests at Learning Services. In the social setting, I have to remind myself to think before I speak so that I don't say anything offensive or rude to anyone. I also have to keep my energy in check, so I'm not bouncing off the walls and forcing my friends to parent me. At home, I also have to watch what I say, and I have to make sure that I complete my chores when they need to be done and not let myself get distracted from my responsibilities so easily.

I hope that sharing some of my experiences, encourages readers to take action and start advocating for themselves. If you are someone that is struggling with keeping your impulsions or disorganization in check, I hope this post reminds you that you are not alone, and there are ways to work on those things.

Next week I will discuss symptoms of ADHD in adults and how one's symptoms may change with age.


Eileen Rosewater