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.