I’ve had four separate burnouts from severe stress reactions. I’ve had several arguments with my husband about me not paying attention when he talks. While talking after one such argument I realized what I was describing when trying to explain how my brain works sounded a lot like the discussions about some of the ND kids at work.
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I had an easy time at school, learned quickly and never had to work very hard to get good grades. I zoned out a lot and some homework was never done, but I did well anyway all through high school. At university I struggled a lot since I never learned how to study and kept procrastinating and doing things last minute. I never graduated because I never managed to finish my last big paper.
Daydreaming, not listening, not getting things done.
No. I had a psychologist I was seeming about stress management and I brought up my thoughts about ADHD with her, did a couple of screening tests and then she referred my for evaluation.
I read up a lot on how adhd presents in girls and women.
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I felt relieved knowing I hadn’t imagined my struggles. I got a good and thorough explanation about my diagnosis.
I feel okay about it. I’m trying to learn to find ways to work with my brain instead of against it.
No, not at all.
Getting started with things, staying on task, keeping my concentration and focus.
Not sure if I have any.
Yes, it was. I’m not as hard and critical of myself anymore.
Maybe, I think I would have had my degree and hopefully I would have had a better mental health.
Just a lot of support.
Depression. Possibly chronic fatigue from multiple burn outs.
I little, mostly when feeling pressured to more than I’m capable of because of fatigue and depression.
No, no one.
Yes, sometimes. I present exclusively inattentive and I don’t have any issues with impulsivity, hyperactivity or emotional regulation as so many others do, so I often feel like I don’t fit in among other adhd:ers.
Not really, I got it six months ago when I was really burnt out and depressed and I’m just a tiny bit better now, so my depression and fatigue is what affects my life mostly. I do try to allow myself to cut corners a lot more, to lower the threshold to actually getting things done.
I haven’t tried medication yet, there is a long wait to get an appointment, and the pandemic has made it even longer, so I’ve been on a waitlist for six months and will most likely have to wait another six or seven months to get my appointment.
Self awareness from being diagnosed.
Do research online, look up the diagnosis criteria. Talk to a mental health professional about it. Seek a diagnosis if it’s available to you.
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