In my first year of grad school, we learned about ADHD in our pediatrics course. I realized that many of the attributes those with ADHD possess, I also have. I did not realize before then that the struggles I face with inattention, memory, and concentration were possibly ADHD.
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As I mentioned, I have always struggled with school but I thought everyone had the same symptoms I do.
Clumsy, difficulties with math and reading comprehension, excessive talking, acting without thinking, interrupting conversations, impatient, bored easily
I was tested for ADHD for free through my school’s counseling center. I was on the waitlist for several months, and with testing and getting the results it took around 6 months.
I already accepted that I have ADHD after doing several hours of nonstop research on it and realizing I meet the criteria for a dx.
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I am satisfied with the result of my dx, and a mental health professional walked me through the testing results. I wouldn’t say that I’m in denial, but afterwards I just couldn’t believe it because I’ve struggled for so long unknowingly.
I’ve accepted it and began taking medication to manage symptoms
No- I am a perfectionist and always make sure my appearance is pristine.
Completing assignments for grad school.
High-achiever, insightful, spontaneous.
Yes, it was the right decision for me. I’m on meds now and I’m able to get academic accommodations through school and receive extra time when it’s time to take the board exam.
Absolutely. It would’ve made college and the first year of grad school completely different.
No one was surprised.
Sometimes. Journaling, working out, talking with friends, attending therapy.
Yes, but like I mentioned earlier in a way of that it took this long for me to get a dx and realize something was wrong.
I understand myself better.
It is an amazing resource.
Writing things down.
Advocate for yourself and speak to a professional about getting a dx.
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