Deficit is a Semi-Fictional Experiential ADHD Story, based on real-life ADHD experiences. Navigate your way through several vignettes as you learn more about how structural barriers and attitudes can create a difficult environment for those whose brains work differently.

Best played on Firefox in Fullscreen (F11/FN+F11), on a laptop or desktop computer.

Playtime: About 15 minutes.



Content Warning:

This game contains Flashing and Blinking lights, and References to: ADHD, mental health, medication, drugs, trauma, and self-esteem. Some content may be distressing to some players.

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Updated 1 day ago
Published 6 days ago
StatusReleased
PlatformsHTML5
Release date 6 days ago
Rating
(4)
AuthorGav Sarafian
GenreInteractive Fiction
Made withTwine, Adobe Photoshop
Tagsadd, adhd, Mental Health, neurodivergent, Text based, Twine
Average sessionA few minutes
LanguagesEnglish
InputsMouse

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As someone with ADHD theres not much i can say other than Thank you.

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As someone with ADHD this really helps me
thank you for making this people can finally understand how i feel

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Thank you thank you thank you. I was diagnosed with ADHD at age 19, about five years ago. I think about my disorder Every Day. I can't Not think about it. 

I'm so grateful you were able to put this experience together. I've wanted to make something that simulates the experience of ADHD for a while, but- surprise!- I haven't gotten around to it yet. I love how you were able to highlight the severity of the symptoms- how much they interfere with everyday life, how present it always is- without creating a sense of hopelessness.

The "Fix Cable" scenario hit me the hardest. Like: why did that take so long? I was being good! I chose to fix the cable every time! I really do mean to fix the cable, but I just can't, for reasons that I can't control nor explain; and nobody seems to see that I've been deciding to fix the cable this whole time, I promise, I know how to do it, why can't I just do it--

Also! I gave a little cheer when I saw you included Dr. Russell Barkley's book Taking Charge of Adult ADHD in the resources. He delivers information in an ADHD-friendly manner, and I recommend Dr. Barkley's work to anyone that wants to know more about this disorder.

Again: this really resonated with me. I'm so glad you made it, and shared it, and that I got to play it. Thank you.