Sophie, diagnosed with ADHD at 23 in the United Kingdom

Sophie
Age:
23
United Kingdom
Diagnosed at:
23

1. What made you decide to have your diagnosis?

Starting work after a few years without it, I really struggled with time management and procrastinating and lack of sleep.

2. What do you do for a living?

Social Media Manager and Business Student.

3. What is your ADHD presentation?

Combined

4. How were your school years?

I never did homework or always forgot, I was only good at the things I was genuinely interested in like art and music.

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

Daydreaming and getting bored, and the lack of function

6. Was it difficult to get a diagnosis?

Yes. I’m still kind of going through it, waiting to see an professional after the initial long assessment period.

7. How did you prepare yourself for your diagnosis?

I did a lot of research. I never thought about ADHD until my doctor actually brought it up after I’d been to her about bad sleep and lack of focus on my work.

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

Relieved in a way. I knew that something was “wrong” with me and to finally be told and to feel comfortable with a diagnosis was a huge weight off my shoulders.

9. How do you feel about it now?

I feel okay about it really. I’m thankful that now I can continue with getting the help I need and use ADHD friendly hacks/tactics to make my day easier instead of struggling.

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

Sometimes yes. I have always been SO talkative and to the point where I don’t shut up it’s quite annoying for other people. I never know when to stop being hyperactive!

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

Executive dysfunction mostly! I find it hard to start tasks until it’s too late and I get complained at for it but I can’t explain it to people.

12. What are your ADHD strengths ?

If I’m fully invested in something I will do amazingly at it, all my focus goes to an activity or task and I just simply ace it. I’m a genius in some areas!

13. Did your ADHD diagnosis help you?

100%! I can move forward with my life from here now.

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

Absolutely, had I know that ADHD was a possibility in my life or had anyone else picked up on it I don’t think I’d have struggled as much as I have done.

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

No one has been particularly surprised, because it makes so much sense.

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

I was actually misdiagnosed with BPD but I never felt that was right, hence pushing for assessing for ADHD. But I do have bipolar which was diagnosed when I was 20.

17. Do you deal with anxiety?

To me, anxiety is definitely something I deal with, but it’s not the BIGGEST problem in my life. I’m more of a “if you don’t face it, you’ll be scared of it forever” sort of person.

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

I didn’t tell too many people about it, so no!

19. Do you ever doubt your diagnosis now?

Never, because I understand it so much now and have had previous misdiagnosis’s in the past, I am happy to finally understand why I behave this way.

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

It’s pushed me to use certain routines and tactics in order to make my life easier, something I only discovered through other people with ADHD.

21. How do you feel about medication?

I’ve never stuck to medication such as antidepressants etc as they never did much for me and I liked to deal with things like that head on without relying on medication, but if I am offered meds for ADHD when the time comes I would definitely try it as it might really help me

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

Planning, planning, planning! Being prepared for the next day and breaking down everything I need to do into chunks. Sometimes it’s not successful but I’ve also learned to not beat myself up about that

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

Please try to see a professional. There are a lot of overlapping symptoms for other diagnoses’s, if you can get clinically diagnosed it will help you so much more with that confirmation so you can move forward

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