Just Diagnosed With ADHD (Adults)
New here and newly diagnosed looking to talk to others
Hi, I am 32 years old and a full time student in a graduate teaching program. I have been dealing with serious health problems since I was a teenager and then I ended up permanently injured in a car accident during college. I had to take time off due to spinal problems and surgeries and now I have a medical device implanted. Since I have many health problems including anxiety, depression, and chronic pain I am on many medications so at first when my symptoms were showing up it was blamed on my medications. My therapist who has been working with me for a couple years due to various trauma issues is the one that told me about a month ago that I might have ADHD. I now have been having trouble writing papers for school, doing various activities and keeping my focus, I am distracted very easily, I drop things, I can’t remember things, I lose things, I can’t get organized, I can’t sleep, I am anxious a lot of the time, I have to constantly re-read chapters and take tons of notes. Its like my brain stops working in the middle of me trying to do a math problem or work on a paper. I have always wanted to be a teacher and I have been working hard to get there so all of this new stuff is scary and depressing. Sometimes I feel like I am losing my mind. It also makes things hard on my marriage and my friendships in general. My therapist thinks that I have had it for awhile it just was undiagnosed because of having the other stuff wrong with me like anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc. I am on an antidepressant but that doesn’t do anything for the symptoms. I am trying to figure out ways to help myself and things that I can do so that I don’t fail my classes. Thank you for listening to my story. I am looking forward to meeting others.
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