I was diagnosed with ADD/ADHD when I was a kid (the terms were pretty much used interchangeably back then). My mom fought hard so that I wouldn’t be medicated and instead my parents dealt with a challenging child while slowly teaching me skills to manage my own physical and mental behavior. I’m not sure that I would qualify as truly ADD any more, but it is clear that my brain still functions differently than most. (It’s particularly evident at family gatherings as my brain is much more like my stepdad and stepbrother (who both have diagnosed ADD) than my mom or stepsister).
At this point in my life, I don’t usually see whatever differences my brain has as an impairment since my self-management techniques are just a part of my daily approach to life. It didn’t affect me much while in school (from about high school on through graduate school) other than some sensory filtration issues that meant I did way better on tests when I could listen to headphones while taking them (music helps me filter out other unwanted sensory inputs).
However, I’m struggling right now because one of the major ways that I manage things is by controlling my environment – I keep my house and my work space extremely clean and organized. And, as you might be able to guess, a week and a half after moving into a new home, there is no organization to be found! I’m having a hard time getting anything done as I am constantly distracted by other things to do in the middle of any given task. I know that things will settle down soon-ish, but I wish I could feel focused and productive in the mean time.
In my normal sewing life, I don’t see that my brain differences have much of an effect on me. As I said, I’m pretty compulsively organized which means I keep my sewing space un-cluttered as well. I can get hyper-focused on a project and next thing I know it I’m still sewing and it’s the middle of the night, but, knowing plenty of obsessed sewists, I don’t think that’s necessarily anything to do with my unique brain!
Do you have struggles with focusing or a brain that works differently than most? Does it affect your sewing?
Each week this year I’m going to reflect on an aspect of myself and how it affects me as a sewist, crafter, or blogger. It may get deep, it may get emotional, it may get totally silly. It may be something I’m proud of, it may be something I cringe at, it may be something I aspire to. I may say a lot, I may say a little, I may ask questions, I may not answer them. I don’t quite know where the project will take me, but I’m excited about the journey. I’d be honored to have you join me on this journey. Chime in any time this year in my blog comments, on Twitter, Instagram, or your own blog. Join me in my theme for the week or make up your own.