The most effective tool for promoting this blog for believe was the tags I believe. Twitter I don’t think helped a whole lot mainly because I have a very small follower count on Twitter. My blog is a fairly specific blog type that I believe only people with ADHD really seek out. So I think in the future a better way to get my blog out there is to perhaps discuss other disorders that are associate with ADHD or to write posts to better explain ADHD to people who don’t have it. I will definitely better use tags in the future because I think that had a huge impact.
As you can see above, my most popular week was April 24th-April 29th, 2017. I think that was because of one post in particular, my post about a different perspective about it. It was a post that gave a more hopeful and optimistic view of ADHD, something I think my readers found appealing. My tips for dealing with it was also fairly popular too because it was helpful. I would definitely start doing more positive and helpful posts in the future instead of just spewing information at people.
My most popular post overall however was my introduction post and honestly that is simply because it was my first. The first post is usually the post popular one because it gives an idea of what your blog is going to be about. My twitter stats are fairly uninteresting, around 1k impressions with next to zero interactions, meaning people saw my posts but weren’t particularly interested in them. Here is an article with tips about improving your blog visibility. This whole experience was very interesting and I throughly enjoyed it.
ADHD is often seen as a mental illness or a disability and because of that, many people with ADHD believe that there is something wrong with them. Recently in my abnormal psychology class, we discussed ADHD and my professor introduced me to a different perspective of ADHD. What if people with ADHD are just descendants of ancient hunter-gathers? And the reason why we struggle so much in this modern society is because it’s a farmer’s society? Famous radio host Thom Hartmann first introduced this theory in his book “Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perspective“.
Hundred of thousands of years ago, almost all humans were hunter-gatherers, nomadic people that roamed the Earth looking for food. Over the years, the human race has adapted to a farmer society because it’s easier and safer. However, Thom suspects that people with ADHD still have the traits of their hunter-gatherer ancestors. Part of this theory comes from the fact that ADHD is largely genetic. Another part is because many of the aspects of ADHD, impulsivity, hyper-focus, etc., would’ve been useful in a hunter-gatherer society.
So who’s to say that people with ADHD aren’t hunter-gatherers in a famers’ world? One of the more unique things about ADHD is that are advantages of ADHD. People with ADHD take risks, are more creative, have high energy and are able to act on a moment’s notice, and notice things that other people normally don’t. This theory of people with ADHD being decedents of hunter-gatherers make people with ADHD feel good about themselves. It helps them feel like they aren’t in fact broken but are just different.
Medication is the most common treatment for ADHD. The most popular being of course Ritalin and Adderall with Vyvance on the rise. People have been prescribing Ritalin less and less due to it’s severe side effects. Adderall is also on the downfall due to it’s highly addictive nature. Vyvance is now becoming the go-to drug for ADHD treatment because of it’s less intense side effects and less addictive nature. Here is an overview of the different kinds of ADHD medication, including Ritalin, Adderall, and Vyavnce.
When I was first diagnosed, we tried medication. My doctor prescribed me 50 mg of Vyvance and I hated it. I hated how I felt while I was on it and I felt like it wasn’t actually helping me so I quit taking it. That was my freshman year of college and that was a tough year for me. I was in a major that wasn’t right for me and in a city that wasn’t right for me either. But once I fell into a routine, it was a little easier to handle. And then I moved and changed majors again and I was struggling again. So I went back to a doctor and got prescribed a low dose of Vyvance, only 30 mg this time. And this time, it was actually helping me.
But unfortunately with medication, you can start to develop tolerances. And that’s what happened to me. The Vyvance became less and less effect the longer I took it and I went up a dosage, to 40 mg, and was fine again. But again the same thing happened and I went up to 50 mg and then 60 mg. And I hated it. So once again, I am off medication. The side effects at 50 and 60 mg were too much for me, it became more of a hindrance instead of a help because all I could focus on were my side effects. So for me, medication was obviously not it. What I’ve found to be the most effective way for treating my ADHD is routine. Unfortunately in college, routine is hard to come by because your schedule changes every semester. But once I settle into a routine, create calendars filled with constant reminders, and with the help of my peers, I manage.
Normal brain scan VS. ADHD brain scan (Credit)
ADHD has a huge stigma surrounding it. Most people still don’t believe ADHD is a real disorder, they just believe drug companies invented it to sell medication. It’s also believed that ADHD is purely an American disorder, which is also false. Many people also believe that it’s caused by bad parenting or from a child watching TV from a young age. All of these are false.
ADHD was recently reclassified as a neurodevelopmental disorder (Autism and Down Syndrome are also under this category). Wikipedia defines neurodevelopmental disorders as “…impairments of the growth and development of the brain or central nervous system. A narrower use of the term refers to a disorder of brain function that affects emotion, learning ability, self-control and memory and that unfolds as the individual grows.” The picture posted above illustrates this. The brain on the right is a normal brain, showing lots of activity. The brain on the left is an ADHD brain, which shows much less activity. You would think it would be the other way around but in fact, the reason why ADHD brains have less activity is because there is less ability to control your brain functions listed above, which is why there is less activity.
One of the first sentences I hear in response to me telling someone I have ADHD is “Oh, well that’s not a REAL disorder.” It’s harmful and extremely hurtful. I get angry when I hear that because most people assume I use it as an excuse to get out of doing work which isn’t true. It’s a struggle for me to do anything that takes a lot of focus and a lot of work. It bothers me that people think that I would purposely behave this way, as if I would think so little of myself. I try my best to work with my disorder instead of letting it control me and I do okay for the most part but it takes a lot of energy and effort and often I don’t have anything left over for other things. I struggle daily and people always make me feel like my struggles aren’t real because ADHD isn’t, which is false because it’s been proven over and over again. It’s what motivated me to write this blog in the first place, so people can start to understand that this is real and that it’s difficult to deal with.