Many people would automatically see ADHD jokes as being distasteful humor, but are they really? Irrespective of whether they are or not, you will always get people who will joke about this disorder, and about those who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Of course the internet hasn’t helped much either, at least not if you’re a very sensitive type of person. As with all humor, there is definitely a fine line between what’s acceptable and what isn’t.
I personally know a few people with ADHD, and they have no problem at all with ADHD jokes. In fact, they tend to joke about it themselves, so I guess there really is some truth in the saying that laughter is the best medicine. When we meet up, it’s not a matter of ripping into them with callous jokes, but yes, we do joke. My one friend in particular, often quotes an ADHD joke he stumbled upon on the internet – “I just stopped to think about something for a minute, but then I forgot to start up again.”
Once when we were discussing ADHD, I asked him if he finds himself daydreaming more now since he stopped taking his prescription meds, and he replied by saying he wishes he could daydream more, but his mind keeps wondering. Obviously another joke directed towards himself, but it’s great to see that he doesn’t let his ADHD get him down.
I could go on and on about the jokes this friend of mine comes out with, but I won’t bother since I’m sure there must be millions in circulation. Even though he’s always in high spirits, we do have a serious man to man chats, and during one such occasion, I asked him in earnest whether or not he’s ever offended by people making jokes about ADHD. Without a moment’s hesitation, he confirmed that he wouldn’t want it to be any other way. He would rather have people joking about his forgetfulness and inattentiveness, than trying to shower him with pity. He doesn’t feel sorry for himself, and he also doesn’t want others to feel sorry for him. He has however, on more than one…