Ryan joined Michelle Seitzer at ADHDonline.com to chat about about ADHD feels like in the brain.
“You always feel like you’re doing something that will get you in trouble. Think back to when you were a kid, maybe 7 to 10 years old. Your parents just caught you doing something you knew you weren’t supposed to be doing. The feeling that shot through your body the moment you heard them call your full name — including middle name? Yeah, it’s that feeling. Except when you have ADHD, that feeling lasts the whole day.
You do things that feel good, even when you know you’ll regret it later.
Imagine you’re starving — you haven’t eaten all day. Fortunately, the large pepperoni pizza you just ordered for delivery from your favorite hometown spot is about to arrive. Just minutes after you open the box, you’ve already eaten more than enough to be full. But there’s one piece left … just staring at you. You think: ‘Mmm, I probably shouldn’t. Last time I did that, I was kicking myself for days. And I’ve been trying to lose that weight…’ But a seemingly unstoppable force moves your hand, grabs the pizza, and shoves it into your mouth. ADHD tells you: ‘Just one more’ — every time. Even though you know it isn’t OK.”