The pandemic made me lose my structured work environment and I found it impossible to continue to do my work from home.
I never studied or did homework but always got very high marks up to high school when all the material was taught in class where people were watching to make sure I was focused. In university because a lot of the learning is to be done on your own time, my grades all of a sudden dropped
Never sitting still, always having to take breaks to run around the house so that I could "use up all my energy"
No! My doctor referred me to a specialist and within a few hours of speaking to him I got my diagnosis
I read up on everything I could find on the internet about ADHD
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I was really glad that I had an explanation for issues that I had faced my whole life - everybody always told me growing up that I had so much potential if only I just put in some effort to study. I put in lots of effort but found it impossible to actually sit and do it - I thought I was just lazy and had no self control
Great! I am able to find ways to get my day to day tasks done and keep on top of things using resources for people with ADHD, and I never beat myself up about it on days where it gets a little harder
No! I am a South Asian woman - ADHD isn't really talked about in our communities
Rejection sensitive dysphoria
I can hyperfocus for hours and am fast enough to get way more work done than my peers once I finally am able to start focusing on the task at hand
Yes! It gave me an explanation for my behaviors and offered me resources to overcome challenges I faced.
Yes!! If I had an ADHD diagnosis in university, I think I could have really excelled academically. Unfortunately, I struggled a lot and my poor GPA from back then has now closed a lot of doors for me.
Most of them had the same reaction as me, I.e. "that makes so much sense - of course you have ADHD!"
Yes - I get a lot of anxiety in social interactions due to my rejection sensitive dysphoria. I find it helps to communicate or ask friends around you for validation ("was I being a little loud?" "Was that rude?" Etc.)
I largely kept my diagnosis journey to myself because I made me doubt myself lol
Sometimes I think I did make it up to excuse my laziness/poor self control and tricked my doctor into believing me. These thoughts usually don't last too long thankfully
I no longer live in disorganized chaos, I can keep up with my tasks in a way that works for me by using resources specifically for ADHD folks
I thought it would be a magical pill that fixed my problems but it didn't work for me tbh!
Instead of trying to do everything all at once and making myself feel bad about it I do smaller tasks at a pace that works for me
Look it up and consider getting diagnosed! Even if it's not ADHD a professional might be able to give you some insight into why your mind works that way
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