My mind is always racing, I have anxiety and struggle with depression since I was 14 years old. My energy levels can be extremely high compared to neurotypical people and I always give my all but struggled to keep up at school and work. Also, fidgeting!!
I volunteer at a youth center
I'm good at studying and got good grades, but homework took me ages to do because I got distracted by EVERYTHING and it made me so angry and frustrated because I'm also a perfectionist and suffer from fear of failure.
Fidgeting, daydreaming all the time, remembering A LOT of details nobody else noticed, doodling to be able to listen better, severe rejection sensitivity, a racing mind, time blindness...
Luckily for me getting a diagnosis went well and my therapist was very supportive about it! Everything made so much sense to me after getting it. I finally felt like I want stupid or lazy.
I did it on impulse, really!! I've been thinking about having ADHD for a few years and finally decided to get a diagnosis!
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The test could've been more extensive in my opinion and they didn't talk about the inattentive/hyperactive type that much. I was a very shy and quited kid, also because I used to stutter and I felt very ashamed of it. So, in my experience, I switched from the inattentive type to the combined but mostly hyperactive type!
I've always been beating myself up for not being able to achieve perfection in everything that I do so I feel very validated thanks to the diagnosis. Almost all of my struggles are directly related to my ADHD and it felt like a weight has been lifted of my mind and shoulders.
I talk a lot, and fast when I'm excited about something, I fidget and I'm always observing my surroundings so I guess so? Haha!
Time blindness, impulsivity, executive dysfunction, procrastination (I need to feel a certain amount of pressure to be able to do boring tasks), interrupting people, trying to remember what to say while also trying to stay focused in a conversation, rejection sensitivity/perfectionism/fear of failure, waiting (mode), sensory overload, trying your hardest but still not being able to keep up with neurotypicals in school and at work, lots of interests/hobbies, but not many of them sticking around
Empathy, creativity, being able to "read the room", helping people, hyperfocussing when I find things interesting, I can be very funny, easily entertained, independentindependent, curious (learner), good with visuals/colours/designs/moods
Yes it did! Of course it did not magically "cure" my ADHD, but it helped me make sense of a lot of things and it made me understand my brain and behaviour so much better!
Yes. But I also wouldn't want to change where and how I am now. It would've been nice to be more understood in my childhood, though. Things like, why I always wanted to eat and snack, why I was fidgeting/bumping my leg, biting my lips or listening to music while making my homework etc.
My friends weren't surprised at all, haha!! My mother was a bit surprised tho.
Yes. I was diagnosed with PTSD, depression and ADHD. But I also suffer from anxiety, an eating disorder and other things.
I try movement (playing Beat Saber) to get rid of the uneasy feeling in my chest and talking about it also helps. Being open about your feelings in general lightens the burden at least a little!
No, people were supportive about it!
Not at all. The more I learn about it and get to know more people with ADHD online and in real life the more certain I am about me having ADHD.
I make (even more) lists now to try and empty my brain. To Do lists, grocery lists, lists with things I want to cook, watch, save money for, etc! I also use the agenda on my phone and I have a big whiteboard in my living room in case I forget to check my phone. Lately I start the day by making a seperate list with things I need to do or remember that day and that really helps! Taking breaks is also very important to manage my energy. Saying no to people is hard, but also a good way to save more time for myself to recharge.
I'm 50/50 about it. I don't like the idea of putting artificial chemicals in my body to be able to function in a neurotypical society, but on the other hand it really helps most of the time so I 'm happy they exist!
The diagnosis and information about ADHD helped for the most part. After that, medication and being open about things I find difficult and creating workarounds for them!
If you are able to get a diagnosis, please do so! Do it for your own peace of mind and for the benefit of understang yourself better and making your life a little bit easier.
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