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Battle in the Body: Living with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Learn about the transformative journey of a courageous young individual who had to deal with the implications of ADHD.

By Huda Abdul Basit / Edited by Aiden Chantemsin

Updated October 20, 2023

Life with ADHD has been an exhausting journey, filled with moments of wondering why other kids don't seem to face the same challenges. For the longest time, I resigned myself to the idea that everyone has their own set of quirks, which were simply mine to bear, those that had no name to them.

But then came the day that changed everything—the day I discovered what ADHD truly was. It was a rollercoaster of emotions, a mixture of happiness and sadness, as life suddenly felt justified. Those seemingly invisible struggles I faced had a name, a reason, and it made my childhood experiences so much more transparent. I couldn't help but feel a profound sense of sadness, wondering how no one understood this back then. Why were these just my quirks when it was more than just that?

Learning about my ADHD has been a transformative and enlightening journey. As I understood this, I found explanations for the short attention spans and the unwavering drive to hyper-fixate on specific goals. Knowledge empowered me as I discovered ways to supervise my ADHD better.

Being a girl with ADHD has presented exceptional challenges, from external societal expectations and internal struggles. Although unspoken, society's inflexible structures for women felt heavily weighed on me, especially during my formative years. I found myself grappling with questions about my identity and whether anyone could genuinely comprehend how I saw life.

Acknowledging this spectrum of ADHD helped me manage it better and taught me to embrace it. I firmly believe that organic tools should be our first line of defense against ADHD. Researching and learning can foster a deep connection with oneself, providing answers to the puzzling questions that have long lingered.

In my quest for self-improvement, I turned to meditation to work on my attention span. Remarkably, just one week of meditating had a noticeable impact—I could sit through a book, a task that once seemed impossible. The benefits of meditation amazed me, not only for enhancing focus but also for nurturing spiritual composure.

Nevertheless, living with ADHD still poses challenges, especially when your hyper fixation doesn't align with what needs to be accomplished. Yet, I've experienced the incredible flow state that comes with aligning passion and task, and it's a feeling like no other. At such times, prescribed medication seems like the only resort, but one must remain steadfast in relying on what you can naturally make of it.

This journey has been one of self-discovery and acceptance, a path paved with both struggles and triumphs. Embracing this reality has allowed me to grow, learn, and find a sense of relaxation within myself. And though the road ahead may still be a bit challenging, I face it by putting my strengths in front of me and also by trying to educate others on what could be done, as everything that happens in life has an explanation to it; it's for us to find out the meaning behind.