Heart breaks don’t always have to be romantic
My heart breaks every time I come across a patient that is getting better but doesn’t believe it. I found that this is especially true of those with ADHD. One patient may say “Why can’t I learn from my mistakes?” while another says “I don’t think you are understanding what I’m here for”. How can I be consistently good and caring and follow my sacred oath when we live in a world that has truth but also many, many lies?
Everyday, I have to deal with patients that are at different stages of health, both physically and mentally. I sometimes forget conversations that I’ve had with one person because I was thinking about another person. I have learned to ask, “Did I recommend any book to you?” or “Have we discussed (fill in the blank)?”. I found this to be very effective in managing my ADHD while providing better care for patients everyday.
So what is the lesson to be learned?
My ADHD is a gift and a curse. I learned how to hone in on the emotional state of a person because I found that I can be fooled by spoken words. A patient once told me “I’m doing great”, but when I asked further, they were having thoughts of running their car into a tree.
ADHD can make you more emotionally sensitive. ADHD can also serve as a tool to improve other people’s lives. My advice is don’t ever be afraid of saying you don’t know something. Many people with ADHD have had to fight their entire lives to be heard so admitting a weakness like that may not come easy. Yes, you can learn from your mistakes with the proper guidance.
I was diagnosed with ADHD after medical school and I don’t think it’s a disease. There are many doctors out there who can’t recognize the signs of this disorder in adults, but anyone who has had an experience like mine knows that my opinion is worth something!