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
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2 years 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 mental 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
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2 years 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 this mental problem because I was too quiet and smart, I started journaling my behavior, using self-help 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. Group therapy 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
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2 years 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 this relatable 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
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2 years ago

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

SirPatTheCat
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2 years ago

Same haha- once I ran out of a bathroom stall because I was having a panic attack and just needed to get out and then I started worrying that the people in line (that I would never see again) thought I didn't wash my hands for God's sake

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Ms Phit
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2 years ago

Thinking I probably need a diagnosis now...

Amberly Middlemiss
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2 years ago

yeah after reading this list i feel the same!

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Aubrey
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2 years ago

yep i have adhd and read for about maybye two hours on one book last night and ende up going to bed at 1:30 AM

MiaOokami
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1 year ago

Me: Has an extensive knowledge on serial killers, the paranormal, mythology, tradition, video games, anime, and psychological disorders. Also me: Can't fill out a single paged worksheet.

Logan Carlson
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1 year ago

yes

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UndyingBisexual
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2 years ago

I'm terrified of getting rejected. My mom doesn't understand any of this. I wish she could read this and understand

Taryn Wallace
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2 years ago

Wow....reading this I'm now wondering if I should talk to someone.... I've never been diagnosed with ADHD but I literally check off every box...that could explain A LOT!!!

El
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2 years ago

I actually almost got misdiagnosed with ADHD (depression and anxiety disguised as it) by a state funded hospital program, that was fun

Randomcthulu
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2 years ago

I'm all or none of these depending on my anxiety/exhaustion levels...

Marlow
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1 month ago

Hehe... I don't have ADHD but now... I think I figured out whats wrong with me

Screeching Cryptid
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10 months ago

probably the only reason i can remember my birthday is because it's 1. on the first of a month, so easy number. 2. right after halloween. and I get the motivation part. I want to do things, I want to push through, but i don't know how to start and it's so damn frustrating.

candyce shuford
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1 year ago

This is sooooo me!! Thank you thank you!

Grace Mix
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1 year ago

that last one is 100% me, years ago my friend showed me a new game of Golf Solitaire, and I never heard of it before and I literally played for 12 hours without eating, drinking or going to the toilet!

Lithae
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1 year ago

It's interesting reading these as someone with several major anxiety disorders but not ADHD, I can separate what makes it different from my case, but certain things overlap so hard. I have inhumanely awful recall at times, forgetting my own birthday has happened more than a dozen times (also going out of your way to help strangers/not being able to say no), but I also don't have problems shifting my attention away from things, which is one of the major problems someone I know intimately that has ADHD has.

Rebecca Washburn
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2 years ago

I had major issues with many of these things as a child and a teenager. However I am bipolar as well as ADHD. The combination means things are even more confusing sometimes. When it comes to making decisions like when going out to eat by about age 15 i quit even looking at a menu unless it was a place i had never been. I still at age 34 get the same thing at most places every time. For example, at subway, if it is hot and i want a cold sandwich, i get tuna. If i want a hot sandwich, i get meatball. I do not even let myself consider anything else because it will overwhelm me. I have reached a point where to avoid the chaos of trying to decide i simply stick to what i know i like. If we go out as a family to a new place i let my family pick everything because they are better at picking what i will like and we all try everything. I gave up on school years ago, i dont learn there. I have learned more since leaving school from reading books and watching documentaries. I get lost in them.

Riley Letzin
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2 years ago

Wow, that last one about forgetting to eat.

Andy boi
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2 years ago

This is my life I swear

Sill Marien
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2 years ago

It kinda feels a lot autistic as well - I have a lot of those

Evie
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2 years ago

I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was in third grade and it's always been a struggle when I'm at school, when I'm doing work, and when I make friends. These comics I can relate to so much and I wish more people knew that I wasn't being lazy or didn't care. It was because it's so hard to start and finish my homework but when i wanna learn the state capitals i spend hours on it.

NMN
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2 years ago

Physically painful is the key

divydumdrop hello
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2 years ago

I have a lot of anxiety and a lot of this stuff I can relate too. It feels so good to know it's not just me and other people get this too.

Mayleen Dora
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2 years ago

It's all true sadly

Sunniva Jønsson
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2 years ago

The deciding one is soo real, i often can't Even decide lunch and i'm an picky eater too

D. Pitbull
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2 years ago

Huh. I'm all of these things except the being late part... I'm perpetually stupidly early and I pre-warn everyone I'm going to be late... constantly. Eh, I probably don't have ADHD then? Who knows. Urgh. Doctor says it's just regular anxiety disorder.

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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
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2 years 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
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2 years 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
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

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

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athornedrose
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

Very true

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Miklós Nagy
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2 years 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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The Girl on Fire
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2 years ago

Bingo...

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Dawn Wyatt
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2 years ago

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

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Daria B
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2 years 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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comboplush
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2 years ago

But hooooow. :|

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Bobby's Girl
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2 years 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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Katherine Rosa
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2 years 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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Wanda Queen
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2 years 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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Bec Snyder
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2 years ago

And sometimes that "moment" means a week..

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Woets
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2 years 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
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2 years 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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