It’s Never Too Late

I always struggled in school, just getting by in school as a child and as a teen. I never understood why. I just thought I didn’t have it in me.

Even as I started working as an adult, job after job. Not being able to grasp anything further than what is needed to do the job.

Now life is better after learning I have ADHD. Probably have had it all my life. Now at 34, I’ve been on meds 3 yrs. now.

Within those yrs. I received a promotion at work, more control over my life and I am able to help my children better with their needs. If my mom would have realized it back then, I could have been confident in school and have done better.

However I’m happy I know now so I can treat it and continue to Keep Growing.

I Love My ADHD Diagnosis

At age 41, I have been diagnosed with adult ADHD and it has literally changed my life.

For so long, particularly since a motor vehicle accident a decade ago (I bumped my head), I haven’t been able to get any control over my mood swings, attention, concentration and memory loss. I pushed as hard as I could to hold onto my employment, until it was too hard … I was worn out. “PTSD”, “depression” I was told, and a slew of SSRIs followed. It felt like things were getting worse instead of better. How could this be?

Finally, I built up the strength to change Drs, and start afresh.

“What if it was something?” … I asked myself. Truth is I’d never considered ADHD. That’s not me, I said to myself.

After seeing scans of my brain & learning what ADHD actually is, FINALLY everything made sense. Three months into a new treatment program, I’m a new me. The right meds, the right help.

Everyday I am learning how my ADHD makes me who I am, and better yet, how it makes my life better. I love my ADHD.

My Life with ADHD

I am going to share my heart in hopes that I can make a difference to someone who is struggling or has struggled with a disability that is not visible to the eye but never-the-less very real.

Growing up with a healthy self-esteem was very difficult when words such as hyper and clumsy were used to describe me.

I learned to love myself because God loved me first!

I was a good student, graduating in the top 10% of my high school class. Since focus was a challenge, I had to work harder to succeed.

I learned to use outlines and take notes to identify similarities and differences and to increase recall and understanding.

ADHD was exhausting!

At work, I have often been described as very organized. What people don’t know is how difficult it was to get there.

I learned to set goals, make lists and stay structured.

Living my whole life with ADHD

I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was in kindergarten. I was told throughout middle school and high school that I would be lucky to graduate, meaning nobody thought I would be able to do it.

I’m happy to say I am now preparing to graduate college with a double major.

I’m studying to work with children who struggle with not only ADHD but other disorders, I want to teach them that they can make it because I did.

I struggled to get where I am but now I want to go back and tell everyone that put me down that I made it. My ADHD didn’t stop me just encouraged me more.

-Melissa

Don’t be ashamed of ADHD

Don’t let anyone shame you for having ADHD. All we can do is spread awareness and teach the world this frustrating struggle.

I’ve had ADHD my whole life and my family, friends, and even teachers would shame me or make fun of me. That I’m “blonde,” annoying, frustrating because my brain doesn’t process as fast as theirs do. My parents barely helped me with treatment.

I was put on meds when I was 5 and by third grade it was taken away. I developed anxiety and depression by age 12. My parents didn’t want me to take any kind of medication and I didn’t receive treatment again until I was 16.

I’m 20 now and still struggling with ADHD. Right now I don’t have access to my medicine but it helps so much. It’s ok to depend on your medication as long as it helps you. Don’t let anyone shame you for taking pills to help your mental disorder.

Katie Belle
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Succeeding with ADHD

I have ADHD, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, and other learning disabilities. I also have nearly a 4.0 GPA. My success as a student isn’t in spite of those challenges, but probably because of them. These obstacles have helped me persevere in all that I do, have compassion for others, and cope with any new challenges that may arise.

I realized that although I had no control over what life gave me, I did have control over my attitude. My only chance of doing well was to figure out strategies that worked for me, develop a strong work ethic, and persevere when things get tough. Putting forth whatever effort was necessary has become a habit. This discipline has helped me academically, and in all other aspects of my life.

I know that the persistence, compassion and resilience that I have developed will help me focus on my goals and not stop until I achieve them.

College student in CA

i have adhd and i’m okay

At the beginning of this year, i was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder. it wasn’t until later that i was properly diagnosed with adhd. hearing this cleared up the confusion on how i act.

as a kid, i was poorly treated by my teachers due to my adhd (like i said, i didn’t know i had it until just this year). my third grade teacher threw away my drawings that i made after a test, and my fifth grade teachers yelled at me for blurting out the answers to questions in class. i’ll be honest; the american education system hasn’t done a great job at helping students with adhd, but that’s a topic for another day.

but i’m a senior in high school now. i’m about to graduate. adhd is still a part of my life today. i still hyperfocus on things, i still feel rejected from friend groups, i still blurt things out. but i’m okay! i’m doing great. i’m a drag performer, a digital artist, and an actor who has adhd, and that’s okay!
you’ll be okay 🙂

Vance

Diagnosed late

I was diagnosed at 25 in March 2018 with ADHD.

Before, I carried the diagnoses of Bipolar disorder, Depression, Anxiety, and OCD. My whole life I was told I was bright, but also lazy, stupid, harebrained, in a fog, etc. I almost failed out of college. I watched as people passed me by, and felt I wasn’t living up to my potential. I felt that something was wrong but my fatigue/mood swings were attributed to depression and bipolar.

However, SSRIs and mood stabilizers never “fixed” me. I lost my first professional job after college and fell into a suicidal depression. I couldn’t organize a job search. I felt like a failure.

I finally saw a documentary about ADHD and talked to my doctor about it. He trialed me on medication and it was like wearing glasses for the first time. I landed my dream job and am doing much better now.

I never considered ADHD before because I had a misconception of what the disorder was. I now know it’s more than not paying attention and being hyper. There is hope.

Summer

We The ADHD

I want the world to know about ADHD is that when I am having trouble focusing when someone is talking behind me I am not doing it on purpose, when I am in class and instead of listening to the teacher I am daydreaming I am not doing it because I don’t want to study, when I am using my imagination to explain my feelings its not because I have autism, when I am taking too much and sometimes don’t stop its not because I have an annoying mouth or when I am smiling, laughing and energetic its not because I am acting drunk. its because I am ME! THE REAL ME!!!, the real me that loves taking, smiling, being energetic, being happy and having her own kind of a kingdom in her head to just a few minutes to not to be in the real world its so authentic and uniq because its me.
and its so uniq because we the (ADHD KIDS), WE NEED TO BE PROUD OF IT, WE HAVE OUR OWN SUPER POWER, OUR OWN WORLD, WE CAN MAKE A CHANGE.
when people tell u that ur different it only means that ur different because ur special!

Ofri Sadres

ADHD and the public schools

My son who is six has ADHD. I also have a three year old who doesn’t have ADHD. I always knew something wasn’t quite right when he was about three years old. He got diagnosed at age five. What I find challenging is the public school system and how there is a lack of awareness and lack of resources in schools. And I think partly because most don’t take ADHD so seriously unless you have a personal connection to it. ADHD children look just like any other child. But there are struggles early on that does not go away as the child grows.

My son just entered grade one this year and he has many years of struggle ahead of him navigating the school system that I know will fail him. I am advocating for my child the best I can but I feel there needs to be more teachers that are trained and most importantly educated about ADHD. These kids deserve the same opportunities as their peers but they are often mislabeled as lazy, unwilling, mischievous children. I hope to spread awareness at schools.

Shobna