HOW MY MIND “WORKS”

I have Autism. That’s no secret. But in addition, I have ADD, ADHD, Depression, and some anxiety. My anxiety is acting up writing this hoping at least one person reading this “gets” it. For the sake of this post, you can disregard the Depression and anxiety aspects.

My posts might seem random and disjointed at times. Well…Welcome To My Mind! In essence, that’s how my mind works. Random bits and pieces of what, to me, is a cohesive thought. If that makes absolutely zero sense whatsoever, I’m going to try to simplify it as best I can.

Ok…think of my ADD/ADHD mind like a jigsaw puzzle. A thousand seemingly random little pieces that all somehow fit together to form a full picture. Does it make any sense now? The pieces get thrown around and all mixed up. But in the end, they come together.

Sometimes a piece is missing. That drives you over the edge and you look all over the place for it. Other times, a piece doesn’t fit where you thought it would. Eventually, all the pieces are found and in their respective places.

Imagine your joy and elation when you finish that thousand-piece puzzle. “Finally!” It’s such a relief. But then you start another one and the process begins all over again. That’s the best visual mental image and analogy I can give to explain how my Autistic, ADD/ADHD brain works.

Hopefully this post provides some insight. I thought for probably an hour about how to describe what goes on inside my head on a daily basis. This might be the most thought I have ever put into a post.

I hope this resonates at least a little bit with you. If so, you’re welcome. If you are still confused, hopefully you’ll do a little research to better understand ADD/ADHD. Either way, thanks for reading and trying to comprehend this jumbled puzzle brain. Does your mind work similarly? Let me know in the comments. Thanks readers!

-Tom

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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