Students all across the world are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known ADHD. Many people don’t know how it feels to have it; parents don’t understand how difficult it can be for a child to have ADHD.
It is important for people to be aware of this issue because many think it’s fake or used as an excuse to be hyper, or not do classwork.
Those children struggle everyday to concentrate in school ... I myself know how they feel.
It’s difficult to concentrate when there are a million thoughts running through my head. I would like to give you a small demonstration of what happens when I’m in a classroom.
I look at the board; there’s a single mark left, as if the person last erasing didn’t quite get it all the way. My mind tells me to get up and swipe it off the board; I want it gone. I look over at a student, and his jacket is a bit more folded in some areas than in another. I wonder: Who made that sweater?
How much it cost? Is it his favourite?
Oh, the teachers talking.
Homework? What homework? Why is the teacher so far away; he’s right by that window. That car looks nice. Is that a hint of purple mixed with blue? I hear my name and look up.
“What are we talking about?”
My voice seems to explode in the room. I should’ve been paying attention because this is so embarrassing.
Why won’t my leg stop moving?
I need to get up; it feels like my body is going to implode if I stay sitting. Shoot, he’s talking again. What did he just say?
In this scenario I’m not being hyper. In fact, I was as calm as anyone else on the outside, but I couldn’t focus.
ADHD also affects our relationships. People expect you to listen to them fully, and when you have a hard time keeping yourself on track, it seems like you let them down. I’ve had a woman get upset with me and send me out of a classroom because I couldn’t recite what she had just said. My friends often got upset with me for not paying attention, and my mother gets mad at me when I’m hyper. It strains my relationship with her sometimes, and my teachers don’t like hyper kids either.
That is what happens to me every day in a classroom. I cannot stay focused on one thing for too long. Many students much younger than me go through the same thing everyday and aren’t getting the help they need. ADHD is serious and can affect your learning, your understandings, and relationships.
— Lexi Ash is a student at Pansophia Academy. She is interested in studying Journalism.