Just Diagnosed With ADHD (Adults)
A rare occasion, when a diagnosis of an illness is a reliefe
Hello All. I’m 47.9 years old (turning 48 next week). I’m a two month old ADHD infant. I’m saying that both because it’s funny, and also, that I truly think that my life changed so much on Nov 14, 2013; it’s comparable to being just born. Yes, I mean that. I have so much to share, (btw three months ago I would have never written in a forum like this, as I never, ever have in my life). First and foremost the most important aspect of all of our new realizations is that we should feel extremely fortunate (or blessed if you will). Why? Well, because we just found the answer to most of our life long dilemmas. The endless nights of sitting or lying in bed, trying to figure out what just happened that day, and why. Staring at black and white text on a page of a book or work document, trying to read a line growing increasingly frustrated to the onset of physical pain from trying to concentrate so hard. All this, while humming a GNR song (sweet child ‘o mine) in your head, and reciting an argument with your wife from that morning, (also in your head). Leaving to go to and appointment, and noticing a billboard on the freeway that prompts you to exit saying: “Hey as long as I’m here, I need to go and get that tool, I wanted for 8 months, but always forgot to buy”. Next thing you know, the phone rings, with an inquiring if not slightly annoyed voice on the other end asking:” We had an appointment at 11 am, are you going to make that, or?” Lord! It’s 12.30. What just happened with the last hour and a half? Besides, I just made plans 10 minutes ago to have lunch. I can go on and on, but all of us had the same things happen. But back to being fortunate.
We just found out what caused all or most of our problems in life. Well, at least those of us who “only” have ADHD as a main condition and all the depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger etc. is a secondary goodness that comes as a result (onset) of the main course. Unlike many others who, when diagnosed with a new illness or condition, will just add to the confusion that has existed for years. For them, instead of answering the Million $ Question to life’s little mystery, a new diagnosis will just create another rather large set of questions, and more confusion. I consider myself fortunate. Not because I just find out I have an illness (the negative), but because I just figured the “why” to the “what” for anything that happened to me and my surroundings through all my life. (The positive)
I don’t exactly know yet if it’s the Adderall 20 mg/day alone, or the combination of medication and realization of my situation (I guess you can call it “self” cognitive behavioral therapy), and being able to change and adopt, but my life has officially been changed.
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