Hey, I’m trying to become more religious, but I have ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome, and I have found it extraordinarily difficult to keep Shabbos (except for the cooking) with my conditions. When my mind is not adequately stimulated and challenged, it can be painful in a way to not challenge it. Almost every week, I try to keep Shabbos, but after a part of my brain activates and, I get so bored and restless that I start to lose my mind, and I go back to the work I was doing before Shabbos. I’ve tried going on walks, reading, board games, etc., but none of it stimulates and challenges my mind enough. Puzzles don’t work because they’re almost always too easy, or they just bore me with their repetitive patterns that I give up. For those who are not aware, people with the dual conditions that I have generally base the core of our lives on our work or our special interests instead of the family (that’s not to say that we don’t love or care for our family, but they are not generally our primary source of life satisfaction) unfortunately, we don’t choose to be like this we are just wired this way. All of my work or special interests usually break home 39 laws in one way or another (orthodox standards), and I’m at a loss for what to do. I love HaShem and the traditions that we follow, but I don’t know what to do. If any orthodox people have this or a similar problem for themselves or their kids, please tell me any tips you have. Also, if any rabbis are reading this and would be willing to comment on the Halacha of my situation and what best to do, that would be great. If it matters at all, my work involves creating drugs and experimenting with them in order to treat people with MS, chemo brain, and other neurological conditions.
Do Orthodox and Conseradox followers how do keep Shomer Shabbos while dealing with ADHD?
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