Trouble Getting a Diagnosis as an Adult
So I recently posted a question about whether or not I could be ADHD. Both of my daughters are. I was tested for hyperactivity, as they called it, back in 1977 when I was three but the doc told my parents since I could “come to rest” I was not hyperactive. I believe that has since been debunked with ADHD kids who can hyperfocus and who are often gifted.
I suffered from terrible insomnia as a child and still do as an adult. I actually did very well in school, being gifted and eager to please people, which I understand now is one reason that girls often go un-diagnosed. They present differently from boys who are more disruptive etc. I did face many social challenges in grade school and was bullied.
I seemed to thrive in academia, craving the intellectual stimulation and challenges but once I finished college, I made bad decisions, had no long term goals and despite being very bright, didn’t do anything with my life. Now I am a stay at home mom and am completely overwhelmed with the the repetitive, boring household chores, the lack of intellectual stimulation etc. I am scatterbrained, disorganized and feel like my head is filled with a hurricane of racing scattered thoughts. I have to do about 8 things at once because I get so bored doing just one household task and finishing it.
I recently went to a doc to talk about being ADHD but she said that since I didn’t have “trouble” in school that it would be tough for me to get a diagnosis as an adult. I am dealing with depression and feelings of anxiety and have been on anti depressants for 10 years. They are not working.
I am so confused…has anyone else had a hard time getting a diagnosis as an adult for this reason? The doc prescribed me Welbutrin which made me so depressed I had to stop taking it after two days. She is hesitant to prescribe a stimulant because they are often abused. I don’t want to keep floundering. I feel like a bad parent and a failure of a human being….aaaackkkk!
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