As common as it is, ADHD is one of the most widely misunderstood neurological disorders. It's most often associated with hyper-active children, especially boys, so when I was diagnosed with the disorder in my 30's, after years of being misdiagnosed with other mental health issues, I was shocked and relieved. Turns out, the disorder is commonly overlooked, especially in girls and women, adults, and over-achievers with structured, supportive childhoods. Check, check, check, and check!
Before treating my ADHD, activities like writing projects, socializing, and even simple household tasks like laundry, required excruciating mental energy that could leave me, sometimes quite literally, gasping for air. If you or someone close to you is diagnosed with ADHD, you already know that there's a world of misconceptions about the disorder—ranging from "everyone has it" to "it doesn't exist" (I mean c'mon, which is it???). And those misconceptions are a big part of the reason so many people go undiagnosed and untreated for years.