A lot of people make a lot of assumptions about ADHD, and most people assume that they know what it is (and how it operates) by observing people who have it. But seen through the eyes of someone without it, the behavior of someone with ADHD doesn’t tell you much. That’s because all the important stuff is happening in their brain.
Though it’s on a site that seems to be mostly filled with stupid click-magnet garbage, I liked this article, intended to explain what it’s like to have ADHD to someone who doesn’t understand it. An excerpt:
We rely heavily on routine, and 90% of the time get by on autopilot. You can’t get distracted from a sufficiently ingrained habit, no matter what useless crap is going on inside your head… unless someone goes and actually disrupts your routine. I’ve actually been distracted out of taking my lunch to work, on several occasions, by my wife reminding me to take my lunch to work. What the? Who? Oh, yeah, will do. Where was I? um… briefcase! Got it. Now keys.. okay, see you honey!