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Thoughts From A Child With ADHD

My 11-year-old son Samuel has Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Today I was sitting and watching him lay on the ground. So, I decided to ask what he was thinking.




Here’s what he said.

Sam: How I’m gonna do on the weekend.

Me: How you’re gonna do on the weekend?

Sam: Good.

Me: Okay, what else?

Sam: Nothing.

Me: Why nothing?

Sam: Because I don’t wanna fill up my brain or my thoughts.

Me: Why don’t you wanna do that.

Sam: Because every time I fill up my thoughts, I forget something.

Me: Why do you think that is?

Sam: I don’t know. I never thought of it.

Me: Okay, give it a try.

Sam: Is it because, too many thoughts can make one thought leave? Kind of like a party… when there are too many people…. some leave. Is it kind of like that?

Me: Ummm, I don’t know. Do you dislike when your thoughts leave?

Sam: I don’t like thinking hard.

Me: Why not?

Sam: It hurts. It hurts to think hard.

Me: Why?

Sam: Because when you think hard your brain has to keep moving and it makes your brain swell and gives you a headache. I don’t know… my head hurts now.




These are the conversations that arise when speaking to my son with ADHD. To the naked eye, it probably sounds like we spoke about nothing. However, to him… it’s so much more.

You never know what’s going on in their head.

Talk to them.

🧡Shine Bright, Kayla


Originally published on Medium.com July 2022

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