I guess I didn’t fully give you an answer to your question.
You asked “what are some of the things you go through.”
It’s really hard to explain that part of life because I have never lived a “normal person’s life.” But maybe, with some wishing I was normal, I can explain it from there.
I mentioned sleep, maybe it’s just me and being an night owl and not related to my ADD but sleep is something I crave but finding it can be difficult, when I do I need my sleep or I am grouchy and a pain in the ass more so than other people. Again this may just be me but I have been that way all my life.
In a conversation with a person. OY, that’s a difficult task because my brain is moving at a million miles an hour thinking and coming up with a response. I have been talked to, from friends and family, to quit interrupting. This is a big thing with many ADD/ADHD people, constant interruptions. You can’t help it sometimes, you just cut people off. I have learned not to do that but it’s still difficult, it’s almost a knee jerk reaction for many of us.
We can hyper focus. I am talking serious hyper focusing. The world around you doesn’t exist but the task at hand. Those tasks are usually things that interest us greatly. For example, I was into anything mechanical as a child. I had to take things apart and put them together because I needed to know what they were about. Usually I would end up in the destructive mode though, something mom used to hate enough to kick my ass. My father though, he grasped on to that when I was a teen (mom died) and I would do stuff to help him around the house. There was not a power tool or a cord or an electronic thing that could defeat me.
When life is seemingly out of control, some of us, like me, turn to other methods by which to feel normal. I started drinking at 12. I started to smoke pot at 14. I have done cocaine, crystal meth, crank, hash…anything to make me feel normal. I only drink (not that that is a good thing) and smoke cigs these days. Mostly because the drugs like coke, meth and crank took me many times more than my friends to get high. Not only did it bore me but sheesh, too expensive for my tastes. I had to have more to get the same effects as my friends…if that makes sense.
I have higher than above average IQ as do many of my ADD/ADHD peers have. I have been told as much and my tests prove it. I seem to not be taking in information in a traditional class setting but I take it in better than most of my peers. I hate regular tests and never did well on them if I knew I was going to have to deal with a grade but when it came to apptitude tests I was in the top of my class, yet my grades never showed it. I was a 3-Fs and 3-Ds in my sophomore year in high school, other factors were there though. I started my ritalin and went up to A’s, B’s and two C’s my junior year. I quit my ritalin my senior year and ended up getting my GED.
Basically, the world around me, talking as me, can be overwhelming. I need my “alone” time, always have. But you also need to know there are a lot of psychological factors like my home life that makes me different than many other ADD/ADHD people out there.
There are no clear cut answers when it comes to ADD/ADHD and how we feel as a group. But I do feel as though there are definate “distractions” to life as you know it. Maybe imagine your life with two TVs tuned into different channels, three radio stations, again, all different channels, all in one small room but if you try to focus on one thing, you can’t because there is too much going on around you that none of it makes sense.