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Things I want to write about

There are so many topics I’d like to cover in this blog and I really hope I’ll find the time to do it. Luckily, I don’t have a writer’s block at the moment. I have the exact opposite, actually: I just open my laptop and start typing. Whatever it is — emails, social media stuff, work, blog posts, it just happens very naturally. It doesn’t feel as challenging as it did a while ago.

Me & Einari at Hotel Rantapuisto, one of my frequent freelancer offices.

I’m starting to wonder if this is because of my new meds that are supposed to put my brains in a whole new order… but I’m thinking it’s too early to tell. You see, I was diagnosed to have ADHD in December and I’ve just started treating it with meds a couple of weeks ago. It’s super strange to get diagnosed with something that is (commonly & often mistakenly) considered as a children’s disorder. Something that’s more common in boys than girls, no less. But here we are.

I’m a 41-year-old woman with an ADHD diagnose.

Topics to write about. With random headers like this.

So, that actually covers one of the many topics I’m going to cover in the future. I’ve always tried my very best to be open about my mental health and recurring depression, even in those dark moments when I worry about it affecting my chances of getting a job, getting included in fun things, or finding a partner, whatever. Because I’m very much one of those people who thinks the stigma around mental health issues needs to be erased. It shouldn’t be any different from having a broken leg, the flu or a migraine. It should be treated as what it is: illness. Something that’s normal, can happen to anyone at any point of their lives and something that can be treated just as the next thing.

But those arent’t the happiest of topics. They’re important, yes, but they’re not fun. What’s fun is all the creative stuff I do for living and as a hobby: photography, arts, illustrations, graphic design and blogging, which are definitely going into the list of “things I want to write about”.

And then there’s Travel, of course. I travel a lot, mostly with my bff Satu & our fantastic, adventurous filming location travel blog Fangirl Quest. My precious dog Einari also deserves some blog space every now and then. And I can’t forget about movies & TV. There’s going to be some of that, too.

I’m thinking that about covers it.

Oh, but an important note: I’m really hoping this blog becomes a safe place to talk about any of the above things for myself, but also for others. So I’m leaving the comment field open for anonymous visitors too. I’ll answer any questions you may have, I’ll help you out with anything I can. I promise.

I don’t want to be shouting into the void – I’d like there to be some echo back.

Me, my doggo & my arts.
Me, my doggo & my arts. Nice to meet you.
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Photographer, illustrator, graphic designer, copywriter, marketing assistant. I once traveled across North America in flipflops. I love dogs, ketchup and many inspiring people.

3 Comments

  • Carry

    Moi Tiia,
    I’ve been following you for a while on social media (even though I’m not really active there) and I’m always curious about the things you write. Your written words and your beautiful photographs are the only things I know from you but you’re one of the few people I would like to know better as we seem to have a lot in common. Not just the love for arts and animals but also this feeling of being a bit “different”. (Well, who doesn’t know that feeling?)
    I got diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when I was 25 years old (I’m 35 now) which also is more associated with children but like with ADHD people use to forget that kids with those “disorders” become adults some day and age won’t change that part of their personality. Maybe you learn to cope with the difficulties as you grow older and find your strenghts but it’ll still be something that follows you around wherever you go.

    I like your passion for the things you do ’cause that’s also something we have in common and yeah… guess, I just wanted to tell you: you have a fan here 😉
    Thank you for sharing your words, your thoughts, your experiences, your arts and magic with us!

    Terveisiä Saksasta 🙂

    • Tiia Öhman

      Hello! Thanks for your thoughtful comment. Yeah, we talked a lot about being an adult with a disorder and how it has probably affected my whole life in ways I didn’t even realize (we only scratched the surface on those with the doctor and wow indeed). I’ll write more about my own experiences and whatever I learned during the process, I just haven’t quite found the courage to write about something so scientific and somehow huge, as I don’t want people to get the wrong idea or make false assumptions about me, about the disorder OR worst of all, themselves. It’s a very thin line to walk, but I’ll get there…

      Anyway. I’m happy you dropped by. I was hoping this blog would be kind of like an extension to my instagram where people actually leave comments and discuss things in a deeper way than anywhere else, and miraculously, not getting into huge arguments.

      Maybe we’ll meet in real life out there some day too 🙂

      • Carry

        Hi! Thank you for your answer. I can relate so much to what you wrote. After I got my diagnosis I was on my own with no one to talk to. (The doctors just did the diagnosis.) So I got me a lot of books about the topic and even found some people online with the same condition. It helped a lot to get all the information but it still took me about three years to understand that new me. Of course you’re still the same after getting a diagnosis but you start rewriting your own history in some way. Suddenly all those memories popped up in my mind, of situations in my past when I for some reason wouldn’t fit in and they slowly began to make sense. I finally found some answers to so many questions. And then it’s like an internal coming-out of some kind. “So this is who I am with all my stenghts and weaknesses.” Don’t know if you know about that, but ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome really have a lot in common. Therefore I would love to read about your ADHD when you’re ready to write about it. Why don’t you just start with your own experiences, thoughts and feelings? I’m sure there are still a lot of people out there, struggling with something similar, who would feel a bit better just by reading that they’re not alone with their confusion.

        What you just wrote on Instagram about feeling like a child and that you’re more sensitive than others… I know those things so well. I’ve never managed to grow up myself and I’m extremly sensitive in any way you can imagine which is nice sometimes but most of the time so exhausting. You constantly live with a very high level of stress. It’s such a fine line between pleasure and pain. And by the way, I don’t believe that there are a lot of grown-ups out there. Some of those big kids are just better at pretending than others. We can’t look inside each others heads. 😉

        Hyvää yötä! 🙂

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