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Three4, Major ADD, and trying to go back to school

Hi, this is my first post. I’m 34, diagnosed about 1.5 year ago by Psychiatrist that specializes in adhd children. I do feel confident in his diagnosis and a lot of dots have been connected due to it. I would say my life has turned out pretty good, married with two great kids. Fun job, believe it or not I work in and have been successful in the engineering field (go figure, I’m creative and “think outside the box”). There have been some huge hurdles to say the least that I’m sure you all could imagine. “Static” and wondering thoughts are the most prevalent issues, as well as several boughts with depression and rage. Well my boss’ boss recently asked if I would be interested in going back to school. Not an easy person to turn down. I was horrible in high school failing almost everything, just getting by enough to graduate. Algebra didn’t even hardly register. I have been doing some Kahn Academy videos and skimming through some books but I am starting to feel the same as I did so many years ago in high school. I’ve read that there may be an advantage to having my Dr send over information to the college regarding the ADD, but I’m worried about being looked at like I’m just lazy or looking for an excuse like I was treated in grade and high school. Any advice will be very appreciated. Thanks for looking.


I had a very similar experience.  I did horribly in High School.  Upon starting college it was determined by my admissions testing that I may have ADD.  I was sent to a psychiatric and was finally diagnosed with severe add-inattentive type.  I started on Ritalin and slowly made my way through college.  It was NO easy feat.  I had to re-learn everything basically. 
It took me many, many years but I graduated with a masters degree.  I would go back to school in a second.  I am so glad I was given another opportunity at my education. 
Trust me and try it!!!!  With the proper support anything is possible.  Good luck to you.

Posted by simplify on Jul 29, 2014 at 10:51pm

Thanks so much for the reply. I just noticed that the title showed kind of funny. My bad.

Posted by lt4crush on Jul 30, 2014 at 2:06am

First off congratulations on your career success.

Definitely check out whatever access program the school has. You may or may not need accommodation somewhere down the line, but better to have all of the documentation in place rather than having to scramble. I got my MS at night long before I was diagnosed. It can be a long haul but these days a graduate degree is almost a requirement for advancement. Good luck.

Posted by ADDedValue62 on Jul 30, 2014 at 11:11am

I’m with ADDed (above) on this one…  Congrats on career success.  Even those not addled with ADHD have great difficulty with such a college major and career.

As for returning to school…  Sounds like you are doing the correct prep.  The question becomes whether you feel the fire in your belly for it… That was my driver and I found very limited success when I did not have that burning. 

I can only say trust your judgement.  You’ve been up and down the ADHD road before and know what drives you.  Hang tough and know you have my respect for doing what you have already done and my admiration for considering jumping in again.

Hang tough and best of luck

Posted by LakeLife on Jul 30, 2014 at 2:25pm

Hi It4crush!

High school was quite a long time ago. You have certainly implemented many copies strategies and work-arounds since then. So I wouldn’t put full emphasis on that experience when considering going back to school. offers some advice on going back to school as an adult with ADHD. Check out these articles to help you make this important decision:

ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 30, 2014 at 2:25pm

Thanks again to all for the encouragement and kind words. I took a placement test today and it turned out about how I figured. Got a B on pre-algebra and failed the Algebra part quite terribly. I’m going to go the tutoring and self help routes to pull that grade up to passing. Some things click, some things just don’t. Lots of work to do…

Posted by lt4crush on Jul 30, 2014 at 11:11pm

On another note, I feel like few people around me take the ADD thing seriously. Its like they don’t believe I have it. I can’t even imagine how to get the words out. I’ve even had other engineers tell me it doesn’t exist, its just an excuse for roudy kids. I wasn’t even a roudy kid. Its so frustrating. Like I said I feel like people view it as just an excuse, which in turn makes me think I’m making excuses while just trying to explain how or what’s going on in my head.

Posted by lt4crush on Jul 31, 2014 at 3:21am

A lot of colleges have support for ADD people now that so many incoming students have it. There might be an office at the college that has tips or even tutors for people with ADD.

Posted by Juggler on Jul 31, 2014 at 8:42pm


Why would you ever discuss your diagnosis with anyone..  especially at work?

ADHD symptoms read like a train wreck.  I tell no one..

Posted by LakeLife on Aug 10, 2014 at 11:06am

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