ADHD and Friendships: How to Play the Social Game!

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The way ADHD brains develop can put us out of step with our childhood peers, leaving us feeling awkward, left out and with social anxiety that can follow us into adulthood. Here, I talk about my own experiences with that, and offer simple solutions.

note — I want to add that one of the Brains pointed out that peers and the internet aren’t always the best source of information, which is true. Cultures vary, biases like racism and sexism exist, and also, well-meaning advice that might work for one person won’t necessarily be appropriate for another.

My hope is that we can sift through all the information available to us and check in with ourselves as to whether or not it feels right.

In any case, personally, if I’d known what to expect on a sleepover, how to be a good “host,” or what appropriate etiquette is for a first date, I think I would have felt a lot more prepared to deal with the social situations I found myself in.

Podcast mentioned in the video —great info about playdates and more!
Help Your Child with ADHD Make Friends
Helping girls with ADHD make friends
Friendship challenges for adults
ADHD brains mature a few years late 

And this is just for fun — one of the brains pointed out that reddit has an “outside” forum that treats the outside world like it’s actually a game. It’s AMAZING: Q

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