Post # 1
I was recently (like, last week) diagnosed with Adult ADHD. I’ve been through the process of suspicion, research, realization, sadness, and finally acceptance. I already had major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, and I didn’t want something else that had “disorder” in it. I also remained in denial for a bit because I’m not the “typical” ADDult. I can’t sit still, and I talk too fast, but I’m hardly hyperactive. As a child, I was never in trouble for talking too much in school. But, my assignments were done quickly and with careless errors, and I was a little space cadet. I got by because I was intelligent and because I was very eager to please my teachers and parents. When that failed, I was already in high school, and my emerging depression was blamed. Until somewhat recently, I’ve never been stable for long enough to realize that my attention and concentration problems stayed when the other symptoms cleared. I feel that’s all contributed to my relatively later in life diagnosis. I feel both sad and relieved. There’s a name for the thing I’ve known to be wrong with me, and it’s not “lazy” or “stupid” or “weak”, but on the other hand, there’s no magic cure either, so that stinks. Overall I feel like the last piece of the puzzle is there now. I’ve thought about writing a book on adult ADHD experiences, especially from women, because most people still picture a hyperactive, loud little boy when they hear that diagnosis, and for so long I ignored my suspicions because I didn’t fit the stereotype.
How do other ADDult bees manage symptoms? How old were you when diagnosed? Have you faced any stigma?
Post # 2
I have had ADD since I was in 3rd grade and I am now learning the adult side of it. It runs in families so you may be able to figure out who it comes from in your family. I find diet and exercise always help, but since thats not always something we can do haha, I like to coount to ten and take deep breaths. What bothers you most? Like do you find yourself hiper-focussing? It seems that ADD and ADHD has been grouped together, which bothers me. Seeing as you are not “hyper” but more tired, I would say you are more like me. I find that there is a time of the day that I get more tired (around 4pm) but it also matters how much sleep I get and my stress level. What is an average day like for you?
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Post # 3
MrsBobcat: my days are all over the place. I’m a full time student, part time case manager, and part-time overnight sitter. Today I got up around 6:30, worked 8:30-3:30, came home, left for the overnight job around 6:30. Tomorrow I’ll wake up at work but have the day off. Friday is 8:30-3:30 again but no night.
School is my worst area, I let it go too much and it’s hurting my grades and, when I don’t get stuff done, I feel worthless and depressed. It seems like the easy answer is to just do it, but it’s really hard for me. I can’t get started, and then I can’t stay focused, and then I get caught up in something else.
Post # 4
I have adult onset ADD. It cropped up in my late teens. I hated having another thing “wrong” with me but with the right medication, the right behavioral therapy, and the right amount of patience from my loved ones, I’ve managed to cope pretty well.