1) I’m trying way harder than you’ll ever know even though it doesn’t seem like it to you. I really, truly am.
2) Criticizing me or getting angry at me that my brain doesn’t work better doesn’t help me. It makes me hate myself even more.
3) I’m painfully aware of all the areas that I’m not measuring up. Instead of making a big deal about my shortcomings, try to find ways to help me.
4) An accommodation isn’t the same as enabling. If you help me where I’m genuinely struggling, I’m going to be grateful. Don’t assume that I’m manipulating you.
Impulsivity is not simply rudeness or lack of self-discipline. It is a function of the interior signalling system of the brain.
ADHD impacts the way the different regions of the brain communicate. That affects inattention, impulsivity, and emotional regulation.
Scott Kelly was never going to win a vote for most likely to succeed. "I was a terrible student," he writes, "always staring out windows or looking at the clock, waiting for class to be over." He and his twin brother were "like juvenile delinquents who never got arrested." His dad was alcoholic. His parents fought, often and violently.
Today, he is a veteran of four spaceflights and the man who holds the record for longest single space mission by an American.