ADHD is by no means funny, but it doesn’t mean having a sense of humour can’t be a great part of dealing with it.
Having ADHD is like driving a Ferrari with bicycle brakes as some may say. Things
Those living with ADHD would have experienced many times where people find them funny without them even trying. This can at times can be hurtful, as people with ADHD are often more sensitive to criticism.
Having a sense of humour can be a shield against other peoples’ reactions. While times are certainly changing for the better, historically, people diagnosed with ADHD were often shamed and blamed when they made mistakes or were unable to cope in certain situations. This can lead to overreaction and frustration.
Resilient is a word that is used a lot these days but one that doesn’t have its own importance.
It is important to be resilient in a world that often either doesn’t care or doesn’t understand. A way of being more resilient is by accepting your differences and changing your negative ADHD self-talk to “this is me. This is part of who I am” rather than seeing it as an excuse and taking ourselves too seriously.
For adults in a relationship, it is helpful to be open and to have systems in place as things arise, and they will. Celebrate differences and approach things in a light-hearted and understanding manner. Open conversations such as “oh are you having an ADHD moment?” may help to lighten the air, and celebrate differences.
So, the next time you’re sitting at the stop sign waiting for it to turn green, or wondering if penguins have knees when you should really be studying, have a little chuckle and embrace your differences.
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