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

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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

RyanL
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2 years ago

I especially love this series. It is very analogous to the core neurological issue: one neuron passes dopamine to the next across the synapse. But then the dopamine gets stuck there and doesn’t get returned to the first like it should. Thus, messages can no longer flow across the synapse. This occurs in the prefrontal cortex, responsible for Executive Function and coordinating regions of the brain. Amazingly well communicated without technical jargon. The shopping cart is like the dopamine transporter, which IS a technical term and is what returns it to the first neuron. And if anybody doesn’t get it: this is why it’s nearly impossible to out-willpower ADHD. It is primarily a neurological disorder of neurotransmitter imbalance, not a behavioral disorder as was previously believed. Sadly, stigmas are abound because of the old “understanding”.

Alex Newell
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2 years ago

More upvotes!!

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Zoe White
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1 year ago

Picking up your phone, saying the time, putting it down and completely forgetting what the time was... good times

MiaOokami
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1 year ago (edited)

Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat...

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Non-New-Toni-An
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2 years ago

I identify with everything so far. When I was a child adhd diagnosis wasn't common. I am also bipolar as well. It can be very hard to do things others take for granted.

Marlow
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1 month ago

Forgetting the name for an item happens to me but I just say it in either Spanish or vice versa

SparklePony94
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6 months ago

I could recite the entire Avatar theme song but I have, on multiple occasions, forgotten what I thought about two seconds ago. Sometimes I forget my birthday but I could immediately tell you what I was eating when my little sister was born. Why, brain.

Giovanna Flores
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1 year ago

I like these stories very much I can relate to them too because I have a hard time coping with my ADHD

Zoe White
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1 year ago

Looking at the time like three times because you forgot what it was.... true dat

MiaOokami
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1 year ago

I am so unfocused that even my daydreams are unfocused

Acoyani Sandoval
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1 year ago (edited)

That's why the smartphone was a god-sent gift to ADHD people. No need to stress over forgetting everything when you can just put it on that computer device you carry with you 24/7 and set an alarm to remind you at the right time. I remember having teachers telling me that I won't have a computer with me all the time to remind me about everything... now I remember that and say "ok boomer".

Debbie Smart
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1 year ago

This one sounds so much like me

Rebecca Washburn
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2 years ago

In my family we have a saying, we lose nouns. It is very common for us to be talking one of us to lose a noun, so we try to describe it, and someone else is able to find the noun we have lost. It sounds funny to people that don't live with it.

Tracy Steen
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2 years ago

This is adorable and so perfect! It’s just how my brain works and I feel less alone now thanks to your comics. You’re terrific!

Leesa DeAndrea
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2 years ago

Her memory issues sound exactly like those that plague old people.

Susann Campbell
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2 years ago

And we have a good imagination. Keep up the good work that you can do. I do.

Lauren Thomson
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2 years ago

Soo true. Even more so when u add in an extra brain condition

Mayleen Dora
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2 years ago

It is Astrid

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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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