ADHD: A day in the life
By Cassie Forestal
There are many symptoms of ADHD, but not everyone takes medication to control them. Many people with ADHD are labeled “troublemakers” as well.
I have ADHD, and this is what a normal school day looks like for me. I don’t get into trouble unless it’s for forgetting to do things, like homework or to bring my band instrument. Forgetting is a big thing when it comes to ADHD.
At school, I spend a lot of time looking around the room when I should be working. In class, I sit in a special “wiggly chair” so I don’t knock myself over in a regular chair. Sometimes I get up and talk to my friends to avoid the work because I don’t like doing it. When I get assignments or have to read, I can only remember a few things from the page, and too many words are overwhelming.
I go to a different classroom for math and writing.
It’s hard to stay focused, but my teacher snaps to get my attention. It works for a minute. I’m supposed to bring my computer with me, but sometimes I forget. My computer helps me with writing which is my worst enemy. My handwriting is horrible. It’s huge, and I can’t slow down. I don’t want to slow down because I hate it and I want to get it over with. My friends say that I have nice handwriting when I slow down.
I play the baritone in the band. When I forget my instrument, I have to sit and do nothing for the entire 45 minutes. In art, I am very chatty and make jokes with friends. PE is nice because I get to move my body. Music is the worst when all we do is sit and listen, but I like when we get to play music and listen to music.
I fidget all the time.
I tear paper; I take dares. I spend a lot of time in study hall for not doing my homework. I always say that I will do it, but then I don’t. I don’t cause trouble for anyone but myself.