(Closed) Help thinking about Dropping Out of College? Bees with Adult ADHD

posted 8 years ago in College
Post # 17
802 posts
Busy bee

I don’t have ADHD, but I did go through a really rough time in college. I had a complete meltdown, anxiety attacks, and an eating disorder. 

Do not give up. You are not a failure. As long as you keep working to get through this, you will make it to the finish line. 

It is not your fault that you have ADHD. You only recently found out about it, so view the time during which you were undiagnosed as a time of strength. You were able to stay in school and keep going at it. Our society is so driven to follow this normative storyline but the reality is that shit happens to everyone. Some people have ADHD, some people have learning disabilities, some people struggle with depression .. etc … The most important thing I learned through my rough time was that it was okay not to follow the normative storyline. I learned that so many other people were struggling with the same problems that I was, that I wasn’t the only one, that I wasn’t “abnormal”. 

Now you are getting the help you need to deal with ADHD and that’s what matters. You getting the help you need to get the most out of your education. At the end of the day, it’s about you and what you need/want, not about following the narrow path that society pressures you to.

Post # 18
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I dropped out of college because of similar issues, but I was never formally diagnosed. I know I am not the norm but I have to disagree with the poster who said you will “struggle for financial security/job because you do not have a degree”. I have a wonderful job that I love that has great benefits and I do not have a degree. College is just not right for some people. That being said, if it’s what you WANT to do, you can do it! 🙂

Post # 19
2095 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I was adult diagnosed ADD. I had major problems working in a high paced office. My boss was a micromanager and I’ll be honest I was in tears some days because I just couldn;t get things done right or I would forget to do something and be in trouble for it. I went on Stratera and it changed my life. I also started writing everything in a notebook (boss’ idea) and crossign things off as I finished them. That was a great help because between the meds and the list I stopped forgetting to do things. I was also able to get the boring things done even when I didn;t want to. I have been off meds for years, I also have not worked in that environment in years, but I did need it for that year or two I was on it and I am a firm believer in meds as a last resort. Try some other tips and tricks then if that doesn’t work you can always try something else.

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