The kindest doctor I’ve ever had didn’t know why I struggled so. He said my thinking was like Hamlet, but that wasn’t a name for it. Now not to wax Shakespearian here but a rose by any other name… is attention deficit disorder. Back then that label wasn’t known to apply to adults. But diagnostic labels leverage information, and this information helped me understand what it was that was so hard.
Medically, it’s called attention deficit disorder- predominantly inattentive; or “spacey add.” It may be inattention, but for me it means I think a lot. I call it cognitive hyperactivity. I’m not missing the “hyper” in adhd; I’m hyper in the mind.