23 Phrases That Are Incredibly Frustrating For Someone With ADHD

Being there for someone with ADD/ADHD can be tricky, and sometimes you might say the wrong thing.

It happens, but it’s helpful to keep in mind that some questions or phrases (even well-meaning ones) might have a completely different meaning to someone living with ADHD.


To better understand the disorder, we’d suggest reading up on it. And in the meantime, please don’t say any of these things to someone with ADHD…

1. “ADHD isn’t a real disorder.”

“Every time I mention my ADD, someone says something about it not being real, everyone struggling with things, or it not being a big deal. If someone opens up to you about themselves, you have no right to tell them that they are wrong.”

2. “Everyone gets distracted sometimes.”

“ADHD is so much more than just ‘getting distracted sometimes’ and it’s frustrating when people assume that. Only we truly understand what it’s like to live with ADHD.”

3. “OK but doesn’t everyone think they have ADHD?”

“ADHD is real and you should have a real diagnostic test and not tell people you have it because of an online test you took.”

4. “You just need to work harder.”

5. “Why can’t you just decide to focus like everyone else?”

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