Nakya, diagnosed with ADHD and social anxiety

Nakya
Age:
19
United States
Diagnosed at:
19

1. What made you decide to have your diagnosis?

Well this was the first account that showed up in my explore page out of nowhere and I decided to check it out, most of those symptoms were a coincidence! But then I also remembered how I was as a kid in school, and it was definitely shows to the point no one realized it.

2. What do you do for a living?

I like to draw, play video games, dance, and really anything to get all of my energy out as much as possible XD

3. What is your ADHD presentation?

Combined

4. How were your school years?

It was definitely a mix. I never studied in all of my school in all of my school years because to me, studying could not keep me still not even for a second and even if I did study for a while, I end up forgetting too quick. Sometimes I start off bad with bad grades and then sometimes I was able to get good grades at the end. The biggest struggle was understanding certain concepts, but it was easier to understand if the teachers made it fun somehow!

5. Looking back, what was an obvious ADHD trait in your childhood?

Daydreaming, being talkative, Not being able to sit still for a second, and randomly fidgeting with small things just to distract myself.

6. Was it difficult to get a diagnosis?

It kind of was. I went to a Psychiatrist first and explained my issue, and they prescribed me medicine, which was of course for ADHD so it was fairly obvious that I had it. But then I found this official ADHD assessment by official psychologists and took the test to which it diagnosed me perfectly by and actual psychologist.

7. How did you prepare yourself for your diagnosis?

I wrote down a couple of symptoms of ADHD and tried to link up with my life style and my childhood to test and see if I'm correct first. In case if it was a different diagnosis other than ADHD.

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8. How did you feel right after getting your diagnosis?

It was actually surprised! Even when I knew that I had it, the psychologist explained in details how my childhood affected how I am now and included tips and tricks on how to cope with it! It was so very helpful!

9. How do you feel about it now?

I feel pretty normal about it! It feels like a super power to me XD

10. Do you think you "look like" the ADHD stereotype?

I...guess it's possible? The most common trait of mine is always zoning out

11. What are you struggling with because of your ADHD brain?

Memory, Sleep, and Focusing

12. What are your ADHD strengths ?

I feel like I could accomplish any new task ahead! It's like it turned me into a fast learner, and this can be useful for when I always want to learn something new!

13. Did your ADHD diagnosis help you?

It was very helpful and I appreciated the psychologist for helping me with my ongoing issue that no one else doesn't notice

14. Do you feel your life could have gone the other way if you'd been diagnosed earlier?

Maybe not. Although even if it went the same path, I could still think ahead on how to deal with it

15. What was your family/friends' reaction to your diagnosis?

Friend wise, they definitely support me along the way. Family wise? My mom would believe there's nothing wrong with me. But at the same time, I could tell she notice that I'm not joking. And getting into a recent relationship, he was actually interested in how I deal with this so I'm happy to interest him with my weird thoughts XD

16. Do you have any comorbid disorders or neurological conditions?

I do have social anxiety, which  makes it hard for me to talk on certain occasions. So I’m sometimes uncomfortable being in loud places around other adults, or even meeting new people my mom or anyone else tried to introduce me to someone.

17. Do you deal with anxiety?

Definitely. When anxiety comes in, I try to breathe in and out carefully, counting to 10, and trying to distract myself with little things so I don’t have to think about the bad things that could happen ahead of time.

18. Did people around you make you doubt yourself during your diagnosis journey?

Not at all! I stuck with the fact that  I knew I had it and i wouldn’t let anyone deny my own truth

19. Do you ever doubt your diagnosis now?

Sometimes I do, but then I remember how many times I get distracted at the worse times so there was no way of denying it

20. How has the diagnosis changed the way you live?

There are actually different ways I try to cope with it, and I even learned how to mask it easily so I won’t be judged by the other people. It even helped me learn a lot about myself and the new things I could accomplish!

21. How do you feel about medication?

I ended up getting so distracted, that I stopped taking it. But the medication in general, I hate it so much. It was hard working at my job without getting easily tired before I could even go home.

22. What was the thing that helped you most in your daily life? 

Exercise for sure! To get all of my energy out and to distract myself, I dance to my favorite music which increases how I’m able to mask my ADHD.

23. What advice would you give someone who is wondering if they have ADHD?

Don’t ever let anyone doubt you for what you believe you are. You are what you believe to be. Not what someone  chooses you to be!

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