Inspired by this picture.
I've often tried to describe what ADD feels like to my mother, but she never seems to get it even though we've read all the same books on ADD. I think she has trouble accepting how ADD makes me feel. I find it very difficult to finish important tasks when I'm so absorbed in something. I keep saying to myself, "Just five more minutes and then I'll stop... just one more link... just one more level..." ad infinitum.
She seems to think I want to be left alone, but that's not how I feel. As much as I've tried to explain this to her she just doesn't get it. If something does need to get done and I'm not paying attention to it, like house work I was supposed to do, I want her to come into my room and get me working on it, because most of the time that's the only way I get anything done. I really have to force myself off the computer most of the time. I feel like she doesn't understand.
Maybe when I finally have enough cash to move out it'll get easier. When I'm dog sitting I'm always very good about taking care of chores around the house because I know no one else will get to it if I don't and I want to do a good job, but when I'm at home my mom always does things for me. Today she filed a request for financial aid for me that I wasn't even aware I needed. She never talks to me about these things she just does them for me and I don't learn anything. :(