TikTok creators show the “real” ADHD

By Jay Oliveras

Do you have trouble telling the trustworthy from the fake? Me too, and sometimes it helps when someone shows me what’s genuine and what’s phony, especially with my ADHD.

Not everything about ADHD on TikTok is accurate, but here are four ADHD creators who get it right. Speaking of which, this first TikTok can help you separate ADHD myth from ADHD reality.

<blockquote class="tiktok-embed" cite="https://www.tiktok.com/@xmaaaniiix/video/6875189372421983494" data-video-id="6875189372421983494" style="max-width: 605px;min-width: 325px;" > <section> <a target="_blank" title="@xmaaaniiix" href="https://www.tiktok.com/@xmaaaniiix">@xmaaaniiix</a> <p>Tired of seeing people over exaggerate this. <a title="adhd" target="_blank" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/adhd">##ADHD</a> <a title="whatadhdisactuallylike" target="_blank" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/whatadhdisactuallylike">##whatadhdisactuallylike</a> <a title="adhdcheck" target="_blank" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/adhdcheck">##adhdcheck</a></p> <a target="_blank" title="♬ sweater weather x i wanna be your girlfriend - snail dallon weekes" href="https://www.tiktok.com/music/sweater-weather-x-i-wanna-be-your-girlfriend-6839371792621030150">♬ sweater weather x i wanna be your girlfriend - snail dallon weekes</a> </section> </blockquote> <script async src="https://www.tiktok.com/embed.js"></script> 

OK, now you have an idea about the true habits of ADHD.

Watching that, do you know someone with ADHD? Are you wondering what their daily struggles or tendencies might be? Here’s a TikTok that might shed some light. 

<blockquote class="tiktok-embed" cite="https://www.tiktok.com/@heygude/video/6849452922061851909" data-video-id="6849452922061851909" style="max-width: 605px;min-width: 325px;" > <section> <a target="_blank" title="@heygude" href="https://www.tiktok.com/@heygude">@heygude</a> <p>I forget what I was supposed to be doing when I decided to make this <a title="adhd" target="_blank" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/adhd">##adhd</a> <a title="attentiondeficitdisorder" target="_blank" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/attentiondeficitdisorder">##attentiondeficitdisorder</a> <a title="add" target="_blank" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/add">##add</a> <a title="attentiondeficienthyperactivitydisorder" target="_blank" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/attentiondeficienthyperactivitydisorder">##attentiondeficienthyperactivitydisorder</a></p> <a target="_blank" title="♬ original sound - heygude" href="https://www.tiktok.com/music/original-sound-6849452914608720645">♬ original sound - heygude</a> </section> </blockquote> <script async src="https://www.tiktok.com/embed.js"></script>

ADHD can affect you in so many ways. These last two TikToks explain how ADHD makes people hyperfocus and have trouble connecting with others.

<blockquote class="tiktok-embed" cite="https://www.tiktok.com/@peterhyphen/video/6840877334292139270" data-video-id="6840877334292139270" style="max-width: 605px;min-width: 325px;" > <section> <a target="_blank" title="@peterhyphen" href="https://www.tiktok.com/@peterhyphen">@peterhyphen</a> <p>I guess I&#39;m TikTok&#39;s ADHD therapist dad now! 😌 <a title="adhd" target="_blank" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/adhd">##ADHD</a> <a title="add" target="_blank" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/add">##ADD</a> <a title="mentalhealth" target="_blank" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/mentalhealth">##mentalhealth</a> <a title="hyperfocus" target="_blank" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/hyperfocus">##hyperfocus</a> <a title="dopamine" target="_blank" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/dopamine">##dopamine</a></p> <a target="_blank" title="♬ original sound - Peter Hyphen" href="https://www.tiktok.com/music/original-sound-6840877338851314438">♬ original sound - Peter Hyphen</a> </section> </blockquote> <script async src="https://www.tiktok.com/embed.js"></script>

<blockquote class="tiktok-embed" cite="https://www.tiktok.com/@catieosaurus/video/6851688683184164102" data-video-id="6851688683184164102" style="max-width: 605px;min-width: 325px;" > <section> <a target="_blank" title="@catieosaurus" href="https://www.tiktok.com/@catieosaurus">@catieosaurus</a> <p>did I ever tell you about the time...<a title="adhd" target="_blank" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/adhd">##adhd</a> <a title="add" target="_blank" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/add">##add</a> <a title="adhdinwomen" target="_blank" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/adhdinwomen">##adhdinwomen</a> <a title="adhdproblems" target="_blank" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/adhdproblems">##adhdproblems</a> <a title="mentalhealthmatters" target="_blank" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/mentalhealthmatters">##mentalhealthmatters</a></p> <a target="_blank" title="♬ original sound - Catie O" href="https://www.tiktok.com/music/original-sound-6851688704264768262">♬ original sound - Catie O</a> </section> </blockquote> <script async src="https://www.tiktok.com/embed.js"></script>

So, how was that? Feel like you understand a lot more about ADHD now, don’t you?

Maybe you can walk around your job or school and recognize certain tendencies in others. You might even be able to see some tendencies in yourself, and think about what that means.


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    Jay Oliveras “In life, there are two routes you can go down. There’s the route traveled by most. Then there’s the route everyone is scared of. Don’t try to fit in.”