I don’t do nice things for people with the intention of getting something in return. I act with compassion and consideration because it enables me to feel whole.

I’m hypersensitive. My ADHD enables me to detect the subtle changes in a person’s behaviors and assimilate their emotional state. I can live vicariously through the happiness of others. As wonderful as this attribute is at times the good doesn’t travel far from bad.

Put me in a room full of negative, short-tempered individuals and it won’t take long for me to absorb all of that negativity. I’m a sponge for emotion.

Who we are as individuals can be so easily defined by who we choose to spend our time with. It’s essential - critical even - that we find ourselves surrounded be positive, optimistic and upbeat people.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a great way to help manage ADHD. It can often provide us with the tools and resources we need to effectively understand and utilize our cognitive differences to our advantage. The problem is that we often forget about those tools used for healthy coping or just completely “blank out” that new anger management technique we learned last week. It takes time, failure and persistence to learn to live better with ADHD.

We will face failure, we need to have positive people around to help up get back up, face the sun and keep moving forward.