This is the twelfth in a series of brief posts during October — global ADHD Awareness Month. Each features a quote that relates to ADHD and neurodiversity. ​​​​​​​


The joke is that there are really only two time zones for a person with ADHD: “now” and “not now!” A person with ADHD is very present focused. Often, something that was going on ten minutes earlier is out of mind, as is the thing that is supposed to happen ten minutes in the future.

– Melissa Orlov, The ADHD Effect on Marriage: Understand and Rebuild Your Relationship in Six Steps


“Time blindness” is a very real and common trait experienced by people with ADHD. It is the way some brains are “wired.” It can show up as having no idea what time it is, being chronically late, being unable to notice the passing of time, or being unable to accurately estimate how long something will take.

This can cause enormous stress in relationships. If both parties in a relationship understand that this trait is not a choice, the stress and related sense of victimhood or blame can be significantly reduced.

None of us can do what our brains can’t do, but we can take responsibility for finding ways to compensate and minimize the impact of our time blindness on those around us. And our friends and family can be a big help in supporting us as we find strategies to compensate.

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