I recently heard of the Spoon Theory
regarding living with a disability, especially an invisible one. For me this means ADHD, depression, IBS, insomnia, sleep apnea, degenerative disc disease, and chronic jaw pain. Although in a recent meeting with a psychiatrist (BTW the psychiatrist at the WSU counseling and testing center is AMAZING!!!) she's considering a form of bipolar and is really concerned about my early onset of sleeping problems.
I used to look down on people with "chronic"/invisible illnesses especially young people, although in my defense my best friend growing up was a pathological liar so that definitely colored my attitude on the subject. As I've developed more and more health problems I've come to understand how tiring, painful, and isolating having issues such as these can be! While mine are certainly not terribly high on the lists, the combination of them all is pretty bad. I really really feel for people with more serious issues than mine.
My favorite quote is "Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal."- Albert Camus. This is my life. I'm not going to try to explain the spoon theory as I think it's best understood by reading the article. I don't think it's a perfect analogy, but I feel that had I been presented with this idea when I was still terribly judgmental, I would have had a much better idea of how hard life can be for some people. So when you see the state of my house, notice I never wear jewelry or do my hair, skip out on an event, cancel plans, drop my classes, am always late, forget things, etc etc.... just remember, I'm probably low on spoons.