A first person account of what it's like to live with ADHD:
7:30 am: I wake up at the same time as I do every day. The sound of my alarm is irritating. I'm feeling a little bit antsy, but completing the small tasks my mom has on my morning list helps. I put my dirty clothes in the laundry, brush my teeth and hair, and make my own cereal. I take my morning medication.
10 am: I have trouble in large groups, but I've made one best friend and we partner for an in-class activity. I sit toward the wall so I'm not distracted by the noise and activity in the rest of the room.
1 pm: I spend part of my lunch hour outside, playing basketball. Doing an activity during the middle of the day helps me burn off energy and focus better during my afternoon classes.
3 pm: My mom picks me up from school. She has a snack ready. I function better when I have small meals and snacks throughout the day. When we get home, she sets up my homework station with everything I need, and I get my homework done in a quiet setting before evening activities.
9 pm: After dinner and a few hours of watching TV or playing a board game, I do my evening routine the same way and get to bed at my usual bedtime. Kids with ADHD can sometimes have trouble sleeping, and going to bed at the same time helps me get enough rest.
Having ADHD as a student can bring about social and academic challenges, but a regular routine and some healthy coping mechanisms make life easier. Little tricks like laying out clothes the night before, reducing screen time and keeping chores small can make a big difference.
*This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to actual persons or actual events is purely coincidental.
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