We are a household of misfits. I’m not complaining, mind you, I like us this way. We are chaotic, funny, messy, artistic, forgetful, bright, passionate, kind, free thinkers. We do not see things in black and white or shades of gray, but in swirling, whirling, brilliant rainbow technicolor. We feel too deeply, care too much, laugh often, cry when we need to, over think, and daydream. We are vulnerable, overly sensitive, blunt, and always afraid of saying the wrong thing. We are ADHD, OCD, and GAD.
There are two of us — DD (known as A), and myself. I know what you are thinking. You’re thinking, who ARE these people? Well, be patient, because I’m going to tell you.
First up is A. She is a high schooler now, living with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, OCD, and Self Harm. She is a bright, hilarious, giving young woman. She has been in the depths of despair and lived to tell about it. She is learning to handle her “disorders” and learning to make the most of them and the talents she has been given. She has a wonderful way of seeing things differently than everyone else. She is an extremely verbal person (okay, sometimes too verbal!), she is creative, passionate, and unbelievably empathetic. She is also a tightly wound knot of hypersensitivity. I was hoping she would share some stories with you, but I’m still waiting for that one.
I’m Kristi. I’m a mom, a writer, and a waitress. Interesting combination I think. I am ADHD and I have severe social anxiety. I am passionate about raising awareness of ADHD, as well as Depression, Anxiety and Self Harm; and ending the stigma of mental illness. Through compassion, education, and coming together as a community, we can make a difference. We can teach others about these conditions and we can help those who are suffering to feel a little less alone. We can help those who feel like “the only one” to know that it’s a big big boat and we are all desperately paddling upstream together.
That’s just a bit about us, we will fill in all sorts of details as we share this blog with you. It is our hope to allow you to laugh at our mishaps, share in our triumphs and feel like we all are, indeed, part of something larger and greater than ourselves. Yes, we have ADHD, but that is not a prison sentence. We can embrace the things that make us beautifully different and sometimes we can curse them as well. We invite you to join in our exploits, chat with us about your own, ask us questions if any come to mind, and let us know your struggles and your triumphs. We’d love to hear from you.