Do you consider your ADHD a disability?

  1. Whatever works for you. I personally see no evolutionary benefit to my peculiarities but it’s nice that you view yours that way.

  2. Lol same. Idk to me it’s always been more damaging to try and find a silver lining for everything or turn them into something good. Sometimes things are just bad. It doesn’t mean that you should give up, lie down and wait for death, just that you need to find something else that is good. I already said it in another comment but sometimes you get a turd sandwich and you just have to eat it.

  3. I see the adhd symptoms I experience as a disability. They may have been useful if I was born 10,000 years ago and I don’t think they are “abnormal” along the continuum of human behaviour/brain stuff. But they still make it very, very difficult to have a life I find enjoyable in today’s society. So for me, adhd is disabling compared to the people around me.

  4. I’m pretty sure my adhd would be the literal cause of my death if I were born 10,000 years ago. “Oooh look at this butterfly, let me follow it right over top of that red hot hole. Oops, I fell into a volcano.”

  5. There are times that I consider it an asset, and others that it's a disability. It really depends on context.

  6. I didn’t read the article, but it seems to me that the theory does not take into account the comorbidities to ADHD..RSD, OCD, depression, anxiety that are often more disabling than the ADHD itself. Although it’s possible that if the early societies had treated ADHD symptoms as a gift the other comorbidities would not have surfaced/ evolved.

  7. I def see it as a disability. Idk, to me it doesn’t really matter that I might thrive in a different society when that’s not my reality. In my reality I have a disability and it’s something I need to deal with.

  8. I don’t consider my ADHD itself to be a disability. It is simply a neurodevelopmental condition that makes my brain different. However, I do consider myself to be disabled because I live in a neurotypical world that does not accommodate me and my brain well. There is a limit to the extent to which I can shape my environment to work better for me, and it is a lot of work to do so, and those things are disabling.

  9. > The perceived detriments of neurodistinct individuals is based purely on social constructs that are not suitable to their needs.

  10. Thank you, the physical side effects can be debilitating. Like only eating a pop tart all day because I can't make my brain take any of the steps to feed myself is a very real issue.

  11. I think it can be all these things. It also depends on the severity and nature of your symptoms and your circumstances (ie, do you have access to therapy/meds/health care, can you find work that doesn’t make you want to lie down and give up). I’ve read that 30 to 40% of people in prison have undiagnosed ADHD and it breaks my heart.

  12. Thanks for this! What you said in your last paragraph is the main reason why I see it as I described in my OP. Once I started to understand the science/history I started to feel less shame (I had a lot of this!) and anxiety because I accepted my ADHD symptoms as part of me. It's the acceptance for me. Personally, it helped me. But I understand it's not for everyone.

  13. When I was a kid and before I knew what ADHD was, I knew my brain worked differently and used to pretend that I was just more in touch with my animal instincts than friends 😆

  14. Listennn this hunter thing is so amazing to think about. I'm reading a book called something like "ADHD: thriving as a hunter in a farming society" for like entrepreneurs and regular life and its literally changing me... It's hands down the best theory of ADHD imo

  15. I love the science too! I find it fascinating and it was honestly a way for me to cope and rationalise everything. I like understanding how my brain works on a molecular level. It somehow makes me feel better. I think because I'm accepting myself more and judging less? Less shame for my shortcomings, for sure.

  16. Oh my goodness!! My thoughts exactly! I don't think there is anything wrong with having this perspective or the perspective of disability. I think whatever works for a perosn is fine. But this, this is definitely me! Very well put, thanks!

  17. I suppose I don’t feel disabled but when I consider that I struggle to use self check-outs, gas pumps and credit card machines I guess that counts. I like myself and a lot of what makes me “me” is tied up in my ADHD. if I could keep the fun parts and not the frustrating parts I would, but I can’t imagine myself any other way and for that reason it is weird to consider myself as disabled.

  18. I do see the evolutionary theory and I do see that there are positive aspects about having ADHD that I may not have otherwise. It is also different than my other disabilities in that it is so much a part of me that I don’t know if I’d choose to get rid of it if I could, despite the extreme challenges it has thrown my way.

  19. This only works if you decontextualize human beings from their environment. Social constructs are not constructed arbitrarily. They’re a part of evolution.

  20. Personally I do not, in general. I prefer the idea of neurodivergance, where it's less of a disability and more the world is adapted to the needs of neurotypicals instead of me.

  21. I mean I definitely agree that neurodivergency exists genetically for a reason, but that doesn't change the fact that it is effectively a disability in modern society. Just because something is genetic doesn't mean it's a positive. It might not be a disability in the perfect environment, but we don't really get to create perfect environments. Disability doesn't mean bad genetics or something, it's anything that negatively affects your ability to operate within your environment.

  22. My adhd, along with my other diagnoses (a few of which are also disabilities on their own) is debilitating every single day. It affects my ability to take care of myself, to feed myself, and do basic daily tasks. I view it as a disability 100%.

  23. I am inattentive and thus do not have any hyperactivity or impulsivity, which are the aspects you seem to be beneficial to u. And many others also deem ADHD as a whole as being far more detrimental than beneficial, so if you see this as a natural biological evolution then more power to you. But do not assume as if this is the mindset for everyone, just a select few.

  24. I did not assume anything. That's why I asked how others perceive it. This was supposed to be a discussion to kind of check what people think. I presented what I personally thought and asked a question.

  25. So by the logic of ADHD as an evolutionary asset for hunters so long ago, does that make neurotypical people more evolved than we are? Like they made it over some evolutionary hump that we didn’t because they don’t struggle with executive function, prioritizing tasks, forming habits, etc.?

  26. Hmm, that's a good question. I think maybe human society evolved faster than human beings themselves. If you look beyond this there is a lot of evidence that shows we have way more than we can handle and we tend to misuse our resources. Our society got way advanced than we as a species did. We live in a "modern" society but still tend to hold on to antiquated beliefs and practices that no longer serve us and should have been left in the dark ages. Okay, this is me going on a bit of a tangent and thinking as I'm typing.

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