Atomic Essays

Having ADHD is So Much More Than "I Have a Hard Time Focusing"

It's a little ironic that I'm tackling this subject while trying out an app called Centered (, which purports to "help people get into Flow States quicker and stay there longer to be more productive, accomplished, and happier".

Difficulty focusing and staying on task is indeed one of the hallmarks of ADHD, but it's a very small part of it. And the term Attention Deficit is a bit of a misnomer.

In fact, the "filter" that ADHDers have often takes in more of the world.

This can lead to feeling overwhelmed. But, as I've experienced, it also has the potential to produce amazing perspectives and hugely original ideas.

What Was I Doing, Again?

Just a moment ago I was feeding the dogs and noticed that our water cooler jug needed replacing. By the time I got back to the fridge to put the dog food away I'd forgotten what I was about to do.

This happens ALL the time. There are so many things going through my brain and competing to be in the front of the line, that it's easy for some of them to get bumped completely out of the queue.

Excited But Still Incapable of Starting

The ADHD brain avoids tedium, drudgery, and unfulfilling activities. But, even when there are things I really want to do, I can still have a hard time getting going. Why? It's interesting, exciting, gives me a sense of accomplishment and purpose. But those few things leading up to it are obstacle enough.

On a positive note, my 25-minute session with Centered was all I needed to complete this essay :) I've actually got 2.5 minutes to spare!

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