Newly Diagnosed ADD - Struggling.
Just to introduce myself. I’m 27, female, living in the UK and was diagnosed 8 months ago with ADD and dyslexia. Rather than providing the confirmation of something I’ve long suspected this diagnosis has really effected me in ways I didn’t expect.
Everything I do, every little mistake I make, everything I forget or lose, every interaction I have with anyone leaves me feeling incredibly stupid, frustrated, tearful and defeated. I can’t separate myself and my own personality from my ‘diagnosis’. I feel like I am not an individual, just a walking mass of symptoms. My work in health care requires me to work both in an office and with patients. I am clumsy, ridiculously disorganised, unable to maintain any attention, even in important situations like meetings or visits to patients, I overreact to any slightly stress provoking activity. My boss recently told me I should not work with people, as this was a selfish desire and that my disorganisation made me a burden upon the rest of the team.
I shout at my partner and spend most evenings despising myself and feeling ashamed of all of the mistakes I have made during the working day.
Sorry for the rant, I’m just feeling pretty hopeless at the moment, this diagnosis just seems so permanent, if that makes sense. I feel that I have lost all control, and just ashamed and embarrassed of myself. I tried to express how I felt tonight to my partner, he told me I needed to get over the diagnosis as I was ruining both of ours evenings.
Again, sorry to introduce myself with a rant, I’ve just stumbled across this website. I hope everyone is well.
Top 5 This Month
ADDitude's most popular articles
ADDitude Special Reports
|More ADDitude Special Reports|
Important! User-Generated Content
The opinions expressed on ADDConnect are solely those of the user, who may or may not have medical training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of ADDConnect or ADDitude magazine. For more information, see our terms and conditions.