The world is not static.
People change, names change, diagnosis changes.
Inattentive type of ADHD used to just be called ADD.
Then the name changed.
From ADD to ADHD
In the mid 80's, they changed the name of ADD/ADHD to:
- inattentive type
- hyperactive type
- combined type
When I was diagnosed at 6 years old, my type was just ADD. But now it is ADHD Inattentive type (or possibly combined type).
- lack of focus and attention are the primary symptoms, not hyperactivity
- Energetic and impulsivity are the primary symptoms
- when inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity go hand-in-hand
When I look at these descriptions, it reminds me that we are all different.
My brain works differently from yours.
What works for you may not work for me.
Learning about our differences can help us understand ourselves better, while leading us to better ways of working and living.
Thinking about Change
Change can be good.
Change means growth.
Change means you are trying.
Change can mean failure too.
Change means you are alive.
Without change, there can be no growth.
What if having ADHD means we can thrive on change?
I am learning to embrace change, and accept that it is a part of life. While I will never grow out of my ADHD, I can adapt my environment, my habits, and how I work and live to make the most of this brain of mine.
Onward and upward!
Note, it is important to not self diagnose. You can take online tests to get a sense if you have ADHD, but talking to your doctor or psychiatrist is the best path forward. All of the information presented here is for informational purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice.