I’m So OVER Being Overwhelmed

But it’s something I have to live with, and I think I’m learning to accept that.

Emily Sinclair Montague

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There is no “cure” for ADHD. There isn't a cure for anxiety, depression, PTSD, ASD, or any number of other mental disorders, either.

Is that depressing? Maybe, but it’s also a reality that we have no choice but to accept. And it isn’t all doom and gloom. Treatments have come a long way for people like you and me. Even if you don't have a specific mental health issue, there is a growing acceptance of therapy, self-care, and general education regarding mental health and all that it entails.

Still, a cure would be nice. At least for the worst symptoms — the ones that are so persistent they become a defining factor of day-to-day life.

For now, the best we can do is face our reality, seek answers, and deal with our symptoms as they come. I’m still learning how to do these things while maintaining my sense of self.

It’ll be a lifelong lesson, and I’m starting to be okay with that.

ADHD, Chaos, & The Endless Parade Of Metaphors

I’m a wordy person (obviously). I communicate best through writing, and speaking also comes naturally to me.

I was an early talker, an early reader, and a very early writer. I’m comfortable with public speaking and always have been. Why am I telling you this?

Well, partly, it’s to brag and make everyone feel bad.

Just kidding. It’s to point out that, despite my comfort with words in general, I’ve never been able to find my own words to describe what executive function feels like. When I attempt it, the sentences feel too imprecise, the adjectives too shallow and inaccurate.

Photo by Beth Macdonald on Unsplash

There are many metaphors for ADHD. A parade of them, really. I’ve heard ADHD-ers like myself described as “trains without brakes,” whirlwinds, human rollercoasters, perpetual kids, and more. We’re “free-floating” and “wild.”

We’re creatures of extremes, mental hunter-gatherers, natural artists, and endearing nerds. We’re annoying and weird, but we’re also charming and fun.

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Emily Sinclair Montague

Author & Full-Time Writer. Embracing life’s chaos one word at a time. Get in touch at emsinclair@wordsofafeather.net (or don’t, but I love the attention)!