According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) 5, A.D.H.D (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is characterized by a pattern of behavior present in multiple settings (e.g. school, home, work). Symptoms include behaviors like failure to pay close attention to details, difficulty organizing tasks & activities, and excessive talking and fidgeting or an inability to remain seated in appropriate situations. Keep in mind that A.D.H.D is the most overdiagnosed disorder in America and that external factors such as the structure of the school system play a huge role in why someone would act this way; for example, one of the symptoms is stated as ‘inability to remain seated in appropriate situations’… After reading this I start to think, what defines an “appropriate situation” exactly? How can a diagnostic manual deem what is an appropriate situation and what is not? Considering “appropriate” is subjective and varies across different people and cultures.

Depressive mood in the DSM 5 is described as poor appetite or overeating, insomnia or hypersomnia, low energy or fatigue, low self-esteem, poor concentration or difficulty making decisions, and feelings of hopelessness. External factors may also contribute to this; for example, if you’re in an environment where you’re not being motivated or challenged you just simply may see no reason to get out of bed.

For me, with a diagnosis of both, I wake up in the morning with my head feeling heavy and filled with negative thoughts about myself and the past. Once I do get myself up I feel scattered and don’t know what I want to do first… take a bath, take my pig outside, make coffee, exercise.. I just want everything done at once.

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CBD clears, centers, and balances my mind which ceases my hyperactivity so that I can be present in the moment and take time and positive effort with everything that I do. When I am in this flow with the moment my ego almost ceases to exist which helps diminish my feelings of low self esteem. Being present in the moment enhances my focus and precision and I am able to accomplish everything I need to get done with clarity. CBD