ADHD better/worse at different times in life?
Hi everyone. I’m new here. I was diagnosed with “hyperactivity” as a child (the 70’s… I don’t know if anyone got medicated in those days. I didn’t) and could not sit still or stop talking. I was constantly falling over and hurting myself because I was such a bundle of energy. My schoolwork was sloppy because I couldn’t focus for very long. I continued to not be able to focus well through high school, and then in college I did very well and had incredible focusing abilities. Then came grad school and, after being quite depressed and taking SSRIs, I found I couldn’t focus again and went on Ritalin. It was like someone had swept away this veil of fog and distraction that had been there my whole life. Eventually, Ritalin stopped working and I tried a couple of other things with no luck. I went unmedicated for several years and seemed to be mostly ok. Now for the past three years, I have been freelancing and I find that, with no boss to be my taskmaster, no amount of list-making (which I love and do every day) or prioritizing helps me get anything done. I just went back on Ritalin, which, so far, seems to be working again.
That was a long-winded way of asking if you have noticed that there have been times in your life where things seem ok and other times where they’re a disaster? I’m pretty shocked I’ve managed to remain employed with how much a mess my brain has been the past few months.
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