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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.



I am so sorry you are having such a hard time!  I did my MATESOL before I was diagnosed and I know what a struggle grad school can be.  Have you gotten an “official” diagnosis from your therapist?  By that I mean, have you been through the psychological testing required in order to be considered officially diagnosed.  The reason I ask is because most university will offer you assistance and accommodations if you have an official diagnosis.  If you don’t have one, you might be able to get testing through your university at a steeply discounted price.  I currently work as a faculty ESL instructor and at our university they have an entire center just for students with ADHD.  I go over there sometimes for support, too!

Posted by jschrec on Jan 26, 2014 at 2:30am

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