Warning: Use of undefined constant ddsg_language - assumed 'ddsg_language' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /home/iactcent/public_html/wp-content/plugins/sitemap-generator/sitemap-generator.php on line 44

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/iactcent/public_html/wp-content/plugins/sitemap-generator/sitemap-generator.php:44) in /home/iactcent/public_html/wp-content/plugins/sg-cachepress/core/Supercacher/Supercacher_Helper.php on line 77
» Happiness and ADHD

Happiness and ADHD

Recently I’ve noticed that being “happy” or striving for “happiness” is a major topic of many conversations. We seem to live in a world where we are inundated by information about being happy. Pursuing it could literally be a full time job! Being someone who has struggled with depression, it has made me wonder what would happen if we were happy all the time, whether unhappiness has a purpose, and if happiness is really the point.

So what would happen if we were happy all the time?

Imagine being one of those people who was always happy (there are some out there). What would that be like? Waking up to greet each day with a smile, and looking forward to whatever the day will bring. Sounds wonderful. I for one would be tempted to stay and delight in that blissful state of happiness and do nothing else.

And when I mean nothing else…I mean just that. Life would be good. I would be happy. And I probably wouldn’t feel the need to change. Or grow or take on challenges that might make me uncomfortable. So I would do the same things every day. Because let’s face it… if I’m happy with things just the way they are, why would I do anything to change that?

Hmmm…almost sounds boring.

fingers coupleLooking at it that way, I am not sure we are meant to only be happy. As a student of science I know that very little we experience as human beings is random. Whether that is physical or mental. It seems that experiencing the entire range of feelings from happy to sad allows us full expression of our emotions. Realizing that happiness is at one end of the spectrum, maybe it’s sometimes okay to also acknowledge being sad. Sometimes…it might even be necessary.

What do we get from unhappiness?

For many people, depression is a common co-occurring condition with ADHD. In fact nearly 50% of people with ADHD experience feelings of low mood, sadness, or hopelessness along with the ADHD symptoms of distractibility, difficulty focusing, impulsivity and restlessness. With these statistics, it seems that UNhappiness is a somewhat normal emotion of ADHD. In fact, I would even go out on a limb to say that it is an important component.

Because while being unhappy is not very fun, there is a richness that comes with its ups and downs. A variety. Being constantly happy would be boring. Boredom is the bane of existence for people with ADHD. We avoid boredom at all costs. Perhaps unhappiness provides us with a range of experiences that keep things from feeling all the same. We realize that if we can’t be happy in that moment, we might as well be experiencing something interesting and different to try to find that feeling of bliss.

We also tend to value things more if we work for them or if they are a challenge. If being happy were easy, would we appreciate it? Unhappiness and dissatisfaction is uncomfortable. Most people don’t like being uncomfortable so we seek out ways to change things, for things to be different. Whether it be in our work, our relationships, our environment, the way we treat ourselves or the way we let others treat us, unhappiness propels us to make changes, learn and grow.

So although being unhappy is not ideal, perhaps it is necessary. Unhappiness, although not recommended as a constant mood, gives us something to push against as we strive for happiness. It is an important part of why people are willing to work so hard and take the risks to make changes personally and in their world.

And is happiness even the point at all?

Having been there, I’m not saying we should pursue or celebrate sadness, but maybe it’s okay to accept, embrace and experience our sadness as being important to living a full life rather than something to escape.

Personally I find it helpful to acknowledge my sadness when I am experiencing it, so I can learn from it and move forward. Nothing is worse for me than putting on a “happy” face.

A couple of years ago I read a book recommended by my daughter’s English teacher. A quote from the book seems to sum things up:

“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” Perks of Being a Wallflower

After all, life is full of both richness and sadness and, if we are to live a full and meaningful life, it means accepting all of our emotions – good, bad, happy and sad.

36 Responses to Happiness and ADHD

  1. sherri cannon     May 27, 2014    2:09 pm    Reply

    Thanks for writing this excellent piece from your heart, Laurie. Nothing is worse for me either, than ‘putting on a happy face’. I vote to marinate for a while in the learning, so that the next time, I’ll recognize familiar territory, remind myself of what I know and move on to new learning territory!

    • laurie     July 19, 2014    5:16 pm    Reply

      Thanks for the post Sherri! Keep in touch ~Laurie Dupar

  2. jersgamneds     January 29, 2015    5:38 pm    Reply

    It is considered one of definitely the best content.

  3. evening dresses     January 29, 2015    6:45 pm    Reply


  4. rayban sunglasses     January 29, 2015    7:52 pm    Reply

    Launch partners include Walt Disney Co, McDonald’s and Whole Foods. The move gives Apple access to a trove of data on how consumers shop in brick and mortar stores, where more than 90 percent of U.S. retail sales are still conducted.
    [url=http://www.cubicalservices.com/faqs.asp?rayban-sunglasses/]rayban sunglasses[/url]

  5. bridesmaid dresses     January 29, 2015    9:09 pm    Reply


  6. http://www.dayswithduke.com     January 29, 2015    10:05 pm    Reply

    Hey there! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new apple iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the excellent work!

  7. bridesmaid dresses     January 29, 2015    11:10 pm    Reply


  8. are discount michael kors handbags real     January 30, 2015    2:37 am    Reply


  9. cheap ray bans     January 30, 2015    8:48 am    Reply

    The central bank determines the rate each day, and then allows the currency to trade as much as 1% higher or lower. Since 2005, it has gradually moved the rate up, allowing the yuan to strengthen 33%, but in the last month has pushed it lower, seeking to discourage speculators who have channeled money into the economy in hopes of benefiting from the currency’s rise.
    cheap ray bans

  10. louboutin outlet discount     January 30, 2015    2:00 pm    Reply


  11. bridesmaid dresses     January 30, 2015    3:23 pm    Reply


  12. vintage oakley sunglasses for sale     January 30, 2015    5:54 pm    Reply


  13. louboutin outlet online nederland     January 30, 2015    7:47 pm    Reply


  14. Nike Lunar Blazer Sb Beige Negro Outlet Hombre     January 30, 2015    7:52 pm    Reply

    Hi would you mind letting me know which web host you’re using? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different web browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most. Can you suggest a good internet hosting provider at a reasonable price? Thanks, I appreciate it!
    Nike Lunar Blazer Sb Beige Negro Outlet Hombre

  15. michael kors handbags online india     January 30, 2015    9:30 pm    Reply


  16. jersgamneds     January 31, 2015    3:45 am    Reply

    Blog owners say, a lot are in agreement with this great article affirms, consistent with recent situation.

  17. 2015 Nike Air Max 1 Verde Rojo Hombre     January 31, 2015    3:55 am    Reply

    Thanks for one’s marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it, you’re a great author.I will make sure to bookmark your blog and will eventually come back down the road. I want to encourage yourself to continue your great job, have a nice evening!
    2015 Nike Air Max 1 Verde Rojo Hombre

  18. louboutin shoes 365 reviews     January 31, 2015    6:27 am    Reply


  19. nike free run review women     January 31, 2015    8:04 am    Reply


  20. christian louboutin shoes online store     January 31, 2015    8:15 am    Reply


  21. nike free 2.0 review     January 31, 2015    9:07 am    Reply


  22. louis vuitton totally gm usa     January 31, 2015    9:28 am    Reply

    I am curious to find out what blog system you’re using? I’m having some small security issues with my latest site and I’d like to find something more risk-free. Do you have any suggestions?
    louis vuitton totally gm usa

  23. michael kors bags for cheap republica     January 31, 2015    12:56 pm    Reply


  24. Zapatillas Nike Air Force 1 hombre Negro Blanco     January 31, 2015    1:26 pm    Reply

    Hello would you mind letting me know which webhost you’re working with? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different web browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you recommend a good web hosting provider at a honest price? Cheers, I appreciate it!
    Zapatillas Nike Air Force 1 hombre Negro Blanco

  25. nike blazer femme pas cher     January 31, 2015    4:58 pm    Reply

    But that development still awaits the release of the latest version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which is expected to better support 3D, experts said.
    nike blazer femme pas cher

  26. oakley sunglasses for sale malaysia     January 31, 2015    7:02 pm    Reply


  27. Nike Lunar Hyperdunk X Low 2012 Burgundy/blanco Hombre-espa?a     January 31, 2015    11:18 pm    Reply

    not that much of a online reader to be honest but your sites really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back in the future. Cheers
    Nike Lunar Hyperdunk X Low 2012 Burgundy/blanco Hombre-espa?a

  28. christian louboutin sneakers big size 15     January 31, 2015    11:58 pm    Reply


  29. christian louboutin shoes really cheap     February 1, 2015    12:03 am    Reply


  30. michael kors jet set bag usa     February 1, 2015    12:28 am    Reply

    First of all I would like to say superb blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I have had a tough time clearing my mind in getting my ideas out. I truly do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or tips? Cheers!|掲示板}
    michael kors jet set bag usa

  31. Doreen     February 1, 2015    12:28 am    Reply

    my homepage: deer antler velvet spray results (Doreen)

  32. how much is general liability insurance for nonprofits     February 1, 2015    2:28 am    Reply

    Fabulous, what a webpage it is! This web site gives helpful information to
    us, keep it up.

  33. general liability insurance nevada     February 1, 2015    3:30 am    Reply

    excellent submit, very informative. I’m wondering why the other specialists of this sector don’t notice this.
    You must continue your writing. I’m sure, you’ve a huge readers’
    base already!

  34. general liability insurance california     February 1, 2015    5:03 am    Reply

    I have read so many articles or reviews concerning the blogger
    lovers but this article is truly a fastidious post,
    keep it up.

  35. boogie board lcd writing tablet sync     February 11, 2015    7:57 am    Reply

    The battery is not replaceable but will provide many years of service before
    it’s time to buy a new boogie board lcd writing tablet sync
    Board. The album is being released near the 25th anniversary of his
    death. When not being used to draw or substitute as a stand for
    the Jot, the stylus snaps securely into the Stylus Dock in the top right edge of the Jot.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *