There's a common misconception about ADHD that only children can suffer from it. But adults have it as well. Adult ADHD symptoms may not be as clear since the hyperactivity may decrease, but struggles with impulsiveness, restlessness, and difficulty paying attention may remain. Also, many adults with this disorder aren't even aware they have it — they just know that everyday tasks can be a challenge.

Pina, a 29-year-old artist from Germany has been living with ADHD for a while now. "I'm a freelance illustrator and visual development artist for Animation but in true ADHD manner, I have studied graphic design, of which I dropped out, and game design, in which I graduated." Pina is currently juggling quite a few artistic endeavors, including a comic series dedicated exclusively to ADHD.

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Marie-Helene Briere 6 days ago

Wow, i actually thought I was the only one like that! No, I don't have ADHD diagnosis, but do have generalized anxiety...

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"I had been suspecting that I have ADHD ever since I was struggling and developing anxiety at university," she told Bored Panda. "It wasn't until my life fell apart being a self-organized freelance artist that I started to seek help and eventually received my ADHD diagnosis at 28."

"I started therapy when I struggled with university and it helped me only a little bit, [mostly] with my anxiety and depression. However, my ADHD went unconfirmed because according to the therapist I was seeing at the time, 'I didn't drop out of university yet, so I can't have ADHD.'"

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反社会的 UNDER COVER 6 days ago

As a teenager with unmedicated ADHD, I can totally say that this is accurate. Medication spaces me out, and when I go without medication it makes me anxious. Fortunately, I have a lovely group of friends who understand and are willing to help me!

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"After being told I couldn't have ADHD because I was too quiet and smart, I started journaling my behavior, using techniques from therapy to analyze them. I was able to piece things together when I started researching ADHD, reading any book or paper I could find and watching endless amounts of videos. Self-help groups and talking to my doctors has helped me strengthen my knowledge. One of my favorite resources is Dr. Russel Barkley’s talks."

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Unhuman_Weirdo 6 days ago (edited)

Omg the Karen 😂 it’s so true!!

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Now, Pina takes ADHD medication and visits self-help groups. "[These things] have turned my life around completely."

"Seeing other people like me at the self-help groups was eye-opening," she said. "[It was] the first time I felt like a legitimate human being, so I wanted to share this feeling through my art. I finally started the comic after being told by a respected fellow artist that everyone is a little bit ADHD nowadays. It made me so mad that people would judge ADHD without knowing what it really is or what we 'aliens' struggle with that I couldn't stop myself from drawing."

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Jessica 6 days ago

I really felt on a deep personal level going out of your way to not be rejected by strangers

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"My comics can't tell anyone if they have ADHD or not, but they might help someone understand the struggles they've had and give them courage to seek a diagnosis."

"What I talk about in my comics is so shunned upon and made me feel embarrassed all my life and I just want my fellow Aliens to know they're not alone. Even though not everyone with ADHD is like me or makes the same experiences, we all suffer from the same stigma."

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Amias Shipley 6 days ago

emotional dysregulation is so hard to manage!! i deal with this all the time but i internalize all of it because i've been told to stop talking so many times.

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"If there is something I could tell everyone, it would be that even if you relate to the problems and can overcome them, it doesn't mean that everyone else can. ADHD symptoms are a question of severity and can prevent people from living life the way they want to."

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Bitter Betty 6 days ago (edited)

.... My heart is both warmed and hurt. I have always struggled with.. A LOT of depression and anxiety and was always told that I'm making excuses and just lazy, absent minded, self centered... and I've always been hurt with being misunderstood. Desperate to be heard. This hits home so hard and makes me feel so much better. It's nice not to be alone.

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alwaysMispelled 5 days ago

This is true, BUT, ADD does manifest different in boys versus in girls. I always could and would get hyperactive but I would also space-out and daydream constantly, which is common among girls with ADD, but not boys

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D. Pitbull 6 days ago

That last one... gawd... that last one gets taken advantage of so often...

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athornedrose 6 days ago

i feel like that's an issue with a lot of kids. once they're good at one thing in school, they're expected to be a child prodigy, and anything that comes difficult to them is their fault for not working hard enough. it's absolutely ridiculous.

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Astrid Nineor 6 days ago

Very true

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Miklós Nagy 6 days ago

The part when you interpret every sign from your surrounding as an indication that you are a worthless being who is only a burden to everyone sounds more like a symptom of depression.

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Dawn Wyatt 6 days ago

Thanks for putting yourself out there for the rest of us.

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Daria B 6 days ago (edited)

Should I be worried that all of these (in this specific picture, not the whole list) apply to me too? I don't think I have ADHD, though... If I do, it must be periodical.

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Bobby's Girl 5 days ago

It's the safest way to get along, to protect yourself - and others - from yourself, but then people think you're stuck up.

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comboplush 6 days ago

But hooooow. :|

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Katherine Rosa 6 days ago

Boy oh boy...my daughter has adhd and as i read these comics to my husband we both said you hit the nail on the head

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Bec Snyder 4 days ago

And sometimes that "moment" means a week..

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Wanda Queen 6 days ago

This was very helpful to me, as the mother of an ADHD teen. I've always felt like he didn't understand the concept of time but this really illustrates that well.

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Woets 5 days ago

For me it was not 'What if I'm just lazy?', but more 'What if I'm just stupid?'. Still hits me sometimes: Am I just a fraud? Was is all just hard work and luck? Late diagnose is hard, you've been addapting your whole childhood to what society thinks is normal. Thank you for sharing this commics.

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Dawn Wyatt 6 days ago

Yes, sitting on chairs is impossible, yet sitting on the floor is disturbing to others. "Are you all right?" Yes. "Do you need help?" Probably, but not with this. "Would you like to sit on this chair?" No, I'm quite comfortable here.

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