ADHD is about attentional and emotional regulation.
ADHD is perhaps the worst named neurotype in existence. Ostensibly “Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder”, ADHD can be at least as much about emotional regulation, time blindness and rejection sensitivity as it is about attention.
This is fundamentally a difference in the way dopamine is released in the brain. Neurotypical brains receive dopamine for achieving tasks; ADHD brains receive dopamine for satisfying curiosity. This means our motivational systems are fundamentally at odds with everyone else’s, and it explains why our executive function can be so debilitatingly bad.
Overview of why non-cis men tend to be underdiagnosed for ADHD. It helps dispel misconceptions and talk about the neurology and variations in how it manifests itself. The second half of the book offers tips and resources for various aspects of life, from relationships to housekeeping to careers. Very accessible written.
I think I’m pretty great and have interesting thoughts and infodumps. More seriously, I am a late diagnosed AuDHDer who is trained as an ADHD coach. I Tweet a lot about my experiences and realizations. It’s not an option in the neurotypes, but I’m also dyspraxic. Sometimes I talk about being a dyspraxic aerialist and how I do movement things I like while being clinically uncoordinated.
Rin is an open source software contributor and Technical Community Builder who is multiply neurodivergent. Is an advocate for increasing equity, and accessibility for neurodivergent individuals in tech.