A Day with Adult ADHD

October 20, 2011 Laurie Dupar, PMHNP, RN, PCC

“This week has been crazy! But, I accomplished my most important goal! I filed my tax return! Well, I filed my already extended tax return. I even get money back. I wish I had known that before. Oh well. I made an appointment with the accountant on Friday so I had a firm deadline and was sure to have enough time this week to get them done. All I had left was to finish up the last two months of 2010 and they would be complete…better late than never…it should have taken me only a few hours.”

Living with adult ADHDThese are the experiences of “a day with adult ADHD”. The best laid plans, the chaos, the putting out fires, the procrastination and barely making deadlines. This week, I lovingly tell a real-life adult with ADHD story, so that perhaps others can understand and appreciate the whirlwind of our days.

Best Laid Plans

“Yep, I had intended to get to them (taxes) all week. But, on Monday, I ended up with a cold. Not sure where I got it…probably stress. I couldn’t concentrate on the taxes being all congested, so I and headed to the pharmacy. Everything in my medicine cabinet had expired. When I went to pay I couldn’t find my debit card. Vaguely I remembered that I must have left it on the table in my entry. I put it there purposely, on top of my glasses, so I was sure to grab it when I left the house. Guess that didn’t work.

The Chaos

I left my items at the checkout counter, un purchased, and headed out to my car. A quick trip home and back after getting my debit card. I was frustrated with myself for forgetting the card, but I was determined not to let it get the better of me so early in the day. Then, trying to start my car, it wouldn’t turn over… like the battery was dying. Sigh. Glad I had my AAA membership on speed dial! They'll come and jump me. I kept getting the “all our lines are currently busy” message. Of all days for my car to die! This was the first day of heavy rain in the area. A major day for car troubles in California! I stayed on the phone waiting for someone to respond and realized that in addition to the “all our lines are currently busy” message, my phone was beeping a warning that my phone battery was dying. I thought I had charged it last night. I guess I forgot.

Putting Out Fires

After waiting on a dying phone for what seemed forever, I decided to try my car again and it turned over! Thank heaven for small miracles! I got home, decided I would head back to the store later, and settled in to finish my taxes. Where had the time had gone?! I had planned a week ahead of time and here I was with less than half-a-day to finish them. No problem…I would just buckle down and focus and have them ready in time for tomorrow’s appointment.

Barely Making Deadlines

I began to gather pens, paper and calculator. All that I needed to complete my taxes. Then I realized that I couldn’t remember where I had put the accordion files with last year's taxes. As I looked around I realized that I wasn’t finding any of my old tax records! I began to panic, frantically looking where I last remembered seeing them and then continued to tear the rest of the house apart looking for the files. Several hours later, finding everything but my taxes, I returned to the stacked tables next to my computer. I could swear this was where I initially thought I had left them (the taxes) several months before. I began to take the stacked tables off one by one. That is, after clearing off the papers that were piled on top of it. Under the last table, BEHIND my paper shredder that I had put there because I thought the shredder unsightly, were all of my tax files!!!! By this time I was so upset that I had to call the accountant and reschedule myself for the last available appointment on Saturday. I ended up getting them filed, just in time, on the last day! Did I mention how crazy life has been?”

APA Reference
Dupar, L. (2011, October 20). A Day with Adult ADHD, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, August 19 from

Author: Laurie Dupar, PMHNP, RN, PCC

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