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Hello!

I’m new to this blog. I just had my diagnostic test done last Thursday and I’m waiting for the results. The Psychologist who interviewed me said she thinks I’m just trying to do too much. I asked her to please keep an open mind and see my test results first.

I really am hoping for a correct diagnosis and for it to come back that I AM ADHD because I feel it explains so many of the challenges I’ve been having.

I’m turning 40 soon, was recently laid off, and am so hoping to have a label so that I can move forward with making the changes that will help improve my life.

Thanks for chatting. Monica

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Outside of meds, you probably could still move forward even without the diagnosis if the areas of problems are behavioral. Techniques (like building structure and routines and reminder triggers) that can help people with ADD can help anyone who is overwhelmed, I think.

Posted by Juggler on Jul 22, 2014 at 12:12am

Hi TeaAmongRoses!

It’s great that you are taking the initiative to resolve issues and help yourself, ADHD or not.

If you do get a diagnosis of ADHD, here are the next steps: http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/815.html.

@Juggler mentioned behavioral modification techniques whether it’s ADHD or just overwhelm and I think that’s a great suggestion. Here are some strategies and tips in that area:

http://www.additudemag.com/adhd-web/article/1469.html
http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/8923.html
http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/1013.html

Good luck!
Penny
ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 22, 2014 at 12:45pm

Of course I don’t know anything about your psychologist, but it’s good to make sure that any mental health provider you work with understands about AD/HD in women, because it can look quite different than the AD/HD in 7 year old boys that some of the testing is designed for.  Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D. and Patricia Quinn, M.D. both write a lot on women and girls with AD/HD.  I agree it helps a lot to have a diagnosis that brings diverse symptoms together and gives you a way to educate yourself and move forward.  It has helped me a lot. I am a 61 year old woman diagnosed about 10 years ago by my female M.D.

Posted by alwayshope on Jul 22, 2014 at 9:07pm

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