Adult onset ADD ADHD?
My friend Dick wonders if he really has it, since some people don’t believe in ADHD that begins in adulthood. I’m one of those people. ADHD begins in childhood.
He says he sailed through school, got advanced degrees, took some hard courses. I believe him. But he has a lot of ADHD symptoms. What else could be causing them? Thyroid disease, depression, anxiety disorder?
But he certainly looks like a person with ADHD. And he responds pretty well to medication.
I sailed through school too. Well, unless you count behavioral problems. I was the class clown, blurting things out, but apparently funny enough that most of the teachers tolerated it. Lots of fights. Clothes always messed up, dirty, torn.
Because I had no patience, I couldn’t make model airplanes like the other boys and I killed a pregnant Guppy fish. My papers were incredibly sloppy, with holes where I tried erasing too much. My handwriting was illegible, and I couldn’t handle the mechanical drawing course, which required neatness, carefulness and concentration.
But otherwise I too sailed through school – until I reached college. Then BAM!
Exposing ADD ADHD
Sometimes some ADHD symptoms don’t show up until one gets into a situation where they’re a problem. Then it’s exposed.
from Bonnie – ADD ADHD is real
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homey – wow! that’s an insight. will try to use it in a post soon.
“Sometimes some ADHD symptoms don’t show up until one gets into a situation where they’re a problem. Then it’s exposed.”
Absolutely! I did okay during my school years for the most part but it hit when I became a mom. I didn’t know what was wrong with me but I knew I was different than my other friends. I read the book So You’re Not Lazy, Crazy or Stupid and was so relieved to finally know what was wrong. And in that book they talked about how for women, problems often begin when you have kids and start dealing with more lives than just yours. That was certainly true for me.
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