Saying a person with ADHD, depression, OCD, or anxiety (etc) is not performing to their real potential is like saying an athlete with an injury is not performing to their real potential.
There is a huge difference between potential and ability. An athlete with a torn muscle might have the potential to run down the field; he just doesn’t have the ability at the moment.
The person with hidden challenges may not be working up to their potential, but they are probably working very hard to perform to the best of their ability.
Have you ever tried to run with a torn muscle? There are some ‘injuries’ that are not easily seen. It’s important to never make light of somebody’s effort by insinuating that they’re not doing their very best.
Cindy Gagne Teixeira
Just like you, I wear many hats. I'm a mom, a teacher, a friend, a daughter, a sister, and a writer. I choose to laugh (and talk... and write) about my problems because crying takes too much time.