Living with ADHD can be lonely. Since we act and think differently than other people, we often can feel like we don’t fit in. That’s why having a supportive ADHD community is vital.
I remember from an early age wondering why I was different than the other kids. A tad quirky. A bit more impulsive (okay, a lot more). And a whole lot more talkative. Yes, I had a good circle of friends. Yet, I was always the ‘weird’ one who marched to a different drummer.
It wasn’t until college that I made my first friend who was as delightfully quirky as I was. And, it felt like coming home. Someone finally understood me and not only could match my energy, but celebrated it. I was finally accepted exactly as I was.
I’d never heard of ADHD back then. That didn’t come until years later. But, since then, I always seem to have a friend or two who marches to a different drummer, too.
I love all my friends, but my friends with ADHD are my heart. They accept me as I am; every impulsive, irreverent inch of me. They get me. Without my having to explain or apologize.
I’ve discovered that life is easier with a supportive ADHD group. Others with creative, scattered brains who understand me.
My ADHD friends don’t get offended and are forgiving when I forget to call or send a birthday card. They know I think about them often, and that sometimes, the thinking doesn’t lead to action.
My ADHD friends are comfy with conversations that zip from topic to topic. Their minds move as fast as mine does.
My ADHD friends accept me. Every late arrival, lost keys, mismanaged plan and cluttered room.
And lucky for me, my ADHD community expands much further than my circle of friends. As an ADHD coach, my life is one big, built-in ADHD community. It’s a lovely way to live.
How To Find An ADHD Community
Does your world lack people who understand you? Do you long to be surrounded by people who get, accept and celebrate you?
- Consider joining a ADHD group. ADDA has support groups for adults. And in fact, this year, they have moved their annual international conference online so you can connect with thousands of people without having to leave your home!
- Check out group coaching. Many ADHD coaches offer group coaching and if it’s set up right, a group provides a built-in ADHD community.
- Many find that this magical power of community radiates in my ADHD Success Club. Our conversations are judgment-free zones of honesty. We can laugh and cry at our ADHD adventures without one snide remark. Members learn the strategies of the others in the Success Club, as well. The community helps us not feel quite as solitary with our ADHD struggles. And this year we will be enhancing our private Facebook Group so you have even more chances to connect, contribute and commune with others!
Think about it. Do you enjoy the support of an ADHD community? If not, what will you do about it?
Remember, living with ADHD doesn’t have to be so hard!