Attention Deficit disorder also called ADD, effects 3-5% of the population. Everyone has that friend that is easily distracted, with their thoughts all over the place. And when they are concentrated it is almost as if you have to find that one magical word that will catch their attention otherwise it feels like a bomb could go off next to them and they won’t even pay attention. These 17 illustrations will help you understand what it is like to have ADD.
If you are that friend, then you will recognize yourself in many of these sketches.

1. ADD is more complicated than most people think.

ADD is more complicated than most people think.

 

2. You can focus, but there are so many little everyday things that can quickly change that.

You can focus, but there are so many little everyday things that can quickly change that.

3. Retrieving thoughts — like when you’re answering a question or talking to someone — isn’t very easy.

Retrieving thoughts — like when you're answering a question or talking to someone — isn't very easy.

4. Routine is incredibly important.

Routine is incredibly important.

 

5. And, OK yes, your train of thought as you tell a story can get a little confusing for others.

And, OK yes, your train of thought as you tell a story can get a little confusing for others.

6. Sure, “zoning out” happens, but you’re not just being spacey.

Sure, "zoning out" happens, but you're not just being spacey.

 

7. Making up your mind is usually pretty complicated:

Making up your mind is usually pretty complicated:

8. And you might get super anxious over things that seem like NBD to most people.

And you might get super anxious over things that seem like NBD to most people.

9. You can’t always choose what your mind decides to focus on.

You can't always choose what your mind decides to focus on.

10. Medication may help, but not really in the way that most people assume:

Medication may help, but not really in the way that most people assume:

11. When it comes to organization, you’re usually hanging at one end of the extreme or the other.

When it comes to organization, you're usually hanging at one end of the extreme or the other.

12. Sometimes you have more ideas than you know what to do with.

Sometimes you have more ideas than you know what to do with.

13. FYI: People with ADD are not just limited to certain careers.

FYI: People with ADD are not just limited to certain careers.

14. Going to bed can be a struggle.

Going to bed can be a struggle.

15. People with ADD are very complex and intuitive — even though it’s easy to get lost in one’s head.

People with ADD are very complex and intuitive — even though it's easy to get lost in one's head.

 

16. And it means the world when other people get that.

And it means the world when other people get that.

17. Because you’re just like everybody else. While some things might be a little more difficult…

Because you're just like everybody else. While some things might be a little more difficult...

You have incredible strengths, too.

You have incredible strengths, too.