Panda Personal Thoughts

A panda and the moment I decided to take mental health seriously for the sake of my game.

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Growing up in the 90’s was an extreme time. There really was so much going on and technology was changing things at rapid speed. Amongst all the changes there was a realization that children had this thing called ‘ADHD’. The numbers with children diagnosed with this spiked and there was a lot of misinformation happening. My mother was told that I was ‘borderline’ ADHD. That I could go on meds if my parents wished, they chose to raise me without medication. I don’t want to get into what is right or wrong for you or for others you may know in this situation. In this case I am thankful that my parents made that choice.

Growing up has been hard and I have had plenty of experiences that could have ended things early for me. That being said, I would not be the person I am today without those experiences. As I have gotten older though, I have noticed that coping mechanisms I have created have created a life that is “fine” and I don’t want “fine” anymore. I want to thrive in this world. I want to be the best husband, the best friend, and the best game designer I can be. After hearing a comedy bit about adults with ADHD and how medication really changed the comedian’s life… and helped him focus his chaotic energy, I knew that I not only needed but wanted to go down that path.

Yesterday, I was officially diagnosed with ADHD-combined. I have medication, and I am still in the first month (first day even) of being me with an aid. I know that my 20’s were a tumultuous decade, and I am looking forward to a more driven me in my 30’s. I hope that I can bring out solid entertainment and another bit of good news, I was approached to do my first write-up on another person’s Kickstarter on my blog. I will be showcasing that with the interview soon.

Stay Foolish!

Chris

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