I'm glad there's ppl here with this ADHD its the main thing that causing me the most problems atm with normal living skills I am hoping to get back on meds for it I was on dexinphenamines. About 6 months ago
There's a nice forum here if you're interested: www.aadd.org.uk message board - Home
But I think it's good to rep for ADDers in mixed-diagnosis forums too! There's already enough division between different people and their different 'symptoms' in the DSM-diagnosis-culture environment.
In terms of my experience... I try not to think of it as 'suffering' but as an interesting and useful way of describing how my thought processes arrange themselves. That's not to say that it doesn't cause real problems in my day to day life (loosing time, poor executive functioning, chronic disorganisation, difficulty understanding the complex bureaucratic systems the society i live in is keen on imposing...) and the impact it has on my relationships - it definitely requires a great deal of understanding from my friends and co-workers that i didn't email them back because I got distracted and haven't realised a week has passed, not because I don't like them or don't care. Also it does somewhat limit my life-choice abilities e.g. I couldn't take a job that required me to sit at a desk in an open plan office from 9-5 each day. However... I am curious, passionate and intellectually able, I have great bursts of hyper-focus where I can get lost in writing something and bosh out a few thousand words in an hour or two. There are lots of creative things I love to do and am particularly well-suited to engaging with. I do access 'treatment' (therapy and drugs) but I wouldn't change how I think for anything. I am more keen on society adapting to meet us all in the middle than me 'being cured' to fit in with a narrow neuro-typical definition of what productive thinking should look like. I am in receipt of an attention-deficiet diagnosis but I don't believe there is anything 'deficient' about me!