According to the Oxford Dictionary, a meme (pronounced, “meeme”) is “a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.” Examples of Internet memes that have been used since the 2010s have included Grumpy Cat, What Are Those? and the Dolly Parton Social Media Challenge.
Below are some ADHD memes that we can completely relate to along with their sources:
Description: A teenage boy wearing a blue T-shirt has his head in his hand. There is text that reads,” Wanted to do something important on his laptop. Looks at ADHD meme for 25 minutes… what was so important again?!” The boy and the text are on a background in two shades of green.
Explanation/Why this meme is relatable: A person with ADHD has good intentions to do something important on their laptop, but they look at a meme for a long time due to their inability to focus and pay attention.
Description: A man in a grey and white suit and tie is on a white background. There is text that reads, “Hey girl, are you ADHD? Cause I can’t focus on anything when I’m with you (sic).”
Explanation/Why this meme is relatable: The man could be asking the girl if she has ADHD or if she is a personification of ADHD. He could also imagine being with the girl who is causing him to not focus.
Description: A woman dressed in old fashioned clothing is on a mint green background. The text on the left says, “Living with ADHD and OCD is hard, you know. The ADHD is like, “Oh Look! A Cat” & the OCD is like, “CLEAN IT!”
Explanation/Why this meme is relatable: People who have both ADHD and OCD can relate to this meme. The ADHD part focuses on distractions while the OCD part focuses on a fear of something being contaminated by germs.
Description: An angry looking child is holding onto a piece of playground equipment. The text reads,” Share & like if you had ADHD as a child & survived without medication.”
Explanation/Why this meme is relatable: Some children with ADHD do not take medication at all because medication does not work for all people with ADHD.
Description: A man with a beard is sitting in front of his computer and looking into the camera. The text reads, “I’m just going to finish this before I start anything new” said no ADHD adult ever…”
Explanation/Why this meme is relatable: People who have ADHD tend to work on one thing, but they do not finish it before starting something new.
Description: Dory the blue tang fish from the Disney-Pixar films ‘Finding Nemo’ (2003) and ‘Finding Dory’ (2016) is underwater and she has a confused expression on her face. The text reads, “Hi, I’m Dory and I suffer from ADHD. I li – ohh a squirrel.”
Explanation/Why this meme is relatable: In the films where she appears, Dory says she suffers from short term memory loss. This is another meme that shows how people with ADHD can become easily distracted. The squirrel part could be a reference to another Disney-Pixar film called ‘Up’ (2009) where Dug the talking dog says, “Squirrel!”
Description: A muscular man with long hair appears to be lifting up Earth. The text reads, “Multitasking all day at work. Adderall.”
Explanation/Why this meme is relatable: Adderall is a kind of medication that people with ADHD or ADD tend to take. The meme could represent a person with ADHD or ADD taking that medication while they are at work.