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ADHD Illustration

This was an illustration assignment where we had to write an article or story and illustrate that accompanies it. Part of the Bachelors of Fine Arts (Honours) in Digital Arts course.  

I chose to write an article about how Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) feels like to the people with this condition.

Sketches 

Final Piece and Article 

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Stepping inside an

ADHD mind.

How ADHD feels like to both children and adults.

First of all, what is ADHD? Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD is estimated that it affects up to 5% of school children according to ADHS-Deutschland(n. d.), making it one of the most common mental disorders in children which lasts into adulthood as well. There are three main symptoms which include inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. Inattention includes disorganization and inability to keep on focusing, impulsivity includes taking hasty decisions without much thought in it and finally hyperactivity which includes from fidgeting, to excessive movement which is not fitting for the setting and situation such as in a meeting or at class (Psychiatry.org., n. d.).

 

But ADHD to a lot of people is much more than an inability to pay attention or to stay still. Each individual experience is different or explains the feeling of having ADHD differently. Some describe that having ADHD feels like having a lot of open tabs in a browser, trying to browse through a bunch of them at the same time. Similarly, another person describes his mind as a room with 1,000 TVs, each one of them showing something different. Trying to concentrate on just one, like on one task in real life, would be challenging to focus on the task when you have all of those things distract you. Another interesting description of an ADHD brain was that it feels like thoughts are on a carousel which would go on and on, going around the brain in circles while “each thought stops for like two seconds in front of my eyes, I can bearly grasp it and then its gone” (BuzzFeedVideo, 2015) .

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