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Why ADHD Masking Is a Form of Self-Sabotage

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“I appear very organized to the outside world, but only because I spend an immense amount of time and energy putting everything together.”“My house is an embarrassing cluttered mess.

I don’t let people come over. All of the pictures I take inside my home are carefully constructed and cropped to hide the clutter.”“I hate being late, and I struggle mightily to get to events on time.

If I see that I won’t be on time, I sometimes cancel going to an event altogether to avoid comments about my tardiness.”**This is ADHD masking, and a few examples of the painstaking efforts that ADDitude readers put forth to camouflage their symptoms and conceal how the condition impairs functioning.

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