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Just Diagnosed With ADHD (Adults)

How long until progress?

I was diagnosed this past February. I’ve been in counseling since then, and trying my second medication combination. But I don’t feel like I’m getting much better with managing any of my punctuality, task initiation & completion, organization, etc. challenges. I think I would feel better if I saw progress in just ONE area… but right now I feel pretty stagnant.

What is reasonable, as far as time goes? I get the impression from reading others’ stories that, in general, diagnosis is accompanied with this huge, “wow, this explains a lot!” moment, maybe some improvements from medication, and then a long period of developing personal management strategies and routines. So maybe it is several years before a person feels successfully settled in his or her own management practices?

I could be patient with myself… but I’m in college. I can’t wait a couple years. I’m registered with the appropriate departments there and receiving accommodations, but I’m still struggling and falling behind. I can’t take time off… the student loans payments would kick in!

Anyway… sorry for the long rant!


You can make changes for the better in a few hours if you hire an ADHD coach.

There is a directory of them list in the ADHD Coaches Organization website.

Posted by John Tucker, PhD, ACG. ADHD Coach on Sep 25, 2016 at 9:49am

It doesn’t sound to me like you are on the right medication.

I was fortunate that my first try with medication made a huge difference.

Dont give up the right medication can make a big difference in your life.


Posted by Mitzi McPike on Sep 26, 2016 at 2:22am

Changing behavior and learning new skills takes time. It’s definitely a process. The good news is that you’re taking the right steps. Keep working with your doctor and counselor to tweak treatment to be more effective.

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Posted by adhdmomma on Sep 26, 2016 at 12:54pm

I agree with Mitzi. Although changing behaviour and attitude will take time, medication should start to make difference. When I started with Concerta 18mg I didn’t notice anything different. I only started to feel less anxious, calmer and start organising my work ( at small steps) after 54mg. I am still learning organisation skills, NLP techniques to get rid off years of bad habits but at least I can start applying these strategies.

May be you can talk to your doctor.

Good luck with your college.


Posted by eudora on Sep 26, 2016 at 1:17pm

Thanks for all the encouragement! I’d love to be able to afford an ADHD coach, John! Unfortunately, the same challenges that seem to plague my time management also affect my financial management. In some ways I expect to see those two improve alongside each other.

I’m exploring the meager resources offered by my university. I have started working out with a friend who is a personal trainer… and I’m amazed at how much better I feel on workout days. I’ve never been athletic or confused for an athlete, so this is a totally new experience, too!

Posted by teejay on Sep 26, 2016 at 4:03pm

Ahh, college years. What are you studying? You left that out.

If you know you are in the right major, LIST all the things about that major, with some kind of VISUAL GRAPH; so that you can connect each assignment back to the source of your passion for that major. Like a family tree, or a Balzac novel.

Lots of arrows, I guess.

Posted by fanon on Dec 12, 2016 at 1:20pm

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