Take My Hand

A member of our group shared this poem on our Facebook page and the Author has kindly given us permission to share it on our blog.

Take my hand and come with me
I want to teach you about ADHD
I need you to know, I want to explain,
I have a very different brain
Sights sounds and thoughts collide
What to do first? I can’t decide
Please understand I’m not to blame
I just can’t process things the same

Take my hand and walk with me
Let me show you about ADHD
I try to behave, I want to be good
But I sometimes forget to do as I should
Walk with me and wear my shoes
You’ll see its not the way I’d choose
I do know what I’m supposed to do
But my brain is slow getting the message through

Take my hand and talk with me
I want to tell you about ADHD
I rarely think before I talk
I often run when I should walk
It’s hard to get my school work done
My thoughts are outside having fun
I never know just where to start
I think with my feelings and see with my heart

Take my hand and stand by me
I need you to know about ADHD
It’s hard to explain but I want you to know
I can’t help letting my feelings show
Sometimes I’m angry, jealous or sad
I feel overwhelmed, frustrated and mad
I can’t concentrate and I loose all my stuff
I try really hard but it’s never enough

Take my hand and learn with me
We need to know more about ADHD
I worry a lot about getting things wrong
everything I do takes twice as long
everyday is exhausting for me
Looking through the fog of ADHD
I’m often so misunderstood
I would change in a heartbeat if I could

Take my hand and listen to me
I want to share a secret about ADHD
I want you to know there is more to me
I’m not defined by it you see
I’m sensitive, kind and lots of fun
I’m blamed for things I haven’t done
I’m the loyalist friend you’ll ever know
I just need a chance to let it show

Take my hand and look at me
Just forget about the ADHD
I have real feelings just like you
The love in my heart is just as true
I may have a brain that can never rest
But please understand I’m trying my best
I want you to know, I need you to see
I’m more than the label, I am still me!!!!

By Andrea Chesterman-Smith

4 thoughts on “Take My Hand”

  1. I love this poem. My son has just been diagnosed with ADHD and it could have been written to describe him. It made me tearful as I do want people to see my beautiful boy and not his condition. Thank you.

  2. Amazing!
    You are so talented!
    Gifted comes to mind!
    You have captured the life of someone with ADHD so very eloquently.
    May I share this on my Blog page please?

    I am a mother with a daughter diagnosed with ADHD (since 1994), a retired health professional, a former researcher in Paediatric ADHD and Complementary Therapies and an author. I have used my personal, clinical and research experience to write a series of evidence-based children’s books. My intention is to inspire children with ADHD, to choose healthy lifestyle activities to enhance their physical, mental and emotional well-being!

    This beautifully written poem needs to be shared!
    I do hope you grant me permission to share your poem.
    And… I will definitely cite you as the author and share your blog page, if you are comfortable with that.

    Cheers
    Fay Karpouzis
    Author of the “But why…?” Children’s Book Series

    1. Hi Fay

      We didn’t actually write this poem. It was written by a lady named Andrea Chesterman-Smith who gave us permission to publish it.

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