By now, most of us are familiar with the struggles of coronavirus lockdown: the isolation, the Zoom call problems, the shortages at the supermarket. One group of people who are feeling added pressure are those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a condition that affects working memory, attention, and organizational skills. Managing ADHD can be a challenge even in everyday circumstances, but women dealing with it right now tell Bustle that social distancing is triggering ADHD symptoms and throwing their self-care practices for a loop.
"It’s so hard when people expect you to operate 'normally'," Karina, 26, tells Bustle. "My day-to-day is usually so packed, between meetings, walking to my favorite coffee shops, or brainstorms with my team, that it fulfills my need to constantly be doing something." Without that cycle of activity to help deal with her energy, she says, she's finding it hard to work from home efficiently. Some women are also finding the stress around the coronavirus and its fallout is making some ADHD symptoms worse. But they tell Bustle they're finding ways to cope in lockdown, from recording Zoom meetings to dancing breaks in their apartments. Here's how three different women are dealing with ADHD right now.