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ADHD and College and Higher Education

diagnosed at 40 and want to go back to school but really scared!

So here’s my deal…Back when I was 19 I attempted to go to college but was not diagnosed and had some major attention and learning issues I am positive were due to ADHD. Now that I have been diagnosed and have my family, I want to go back to school and I’m afraid that because of my age and the ADHD I will just fail.
    I am a positive person and I have let fear run my life for a long time but I really want to achieve something and have a career and live my life to the fullest, age and ADHD be damned!! If anyone has a similar situation or experience, please share. My major was music and I would love to work in the music therapy field possibly helping people with ADHD and addiction issues as I spent many years self medicating and not being properly diagnosed. I have been sober for 2 years and am ready to go! Just need some words of encouragement.
Thanks to you all! You are an inspiration to me…



I was a high school drop out in 2002, I’m now 29 and pursuing a Masters in Geophysics and currently maintain a 4.0 with highest honors.  Keep this thought in mind..  “It’s never too late to become what you could have been.”

Here are some tips I have for you.

1) Make a plan.. Learn about yourself, your best study methods, your best times for studying, etc.

2) Personally I believe in medicines, I have been using Vyvase and it is a miracle how much I am able to focus.

3) Speak with your schools disabilities service office, they can offer you great services that can benefit you greatly.

4) Put your full heart, mind and effort into your work.  Do all and more then the homework to make sure you understand things. ie. A firm math foundation for example is crucial to many many career paths so practice till you comprehend and ask when you don’t.

5) Never, never, never, never give up..  A paraphrase of what Thomas Edison once said is “those who give up, never realize how close to success they were..”

Also if it makes you feel any better.  I had an 86 year old man in some of my classes and he was making all A’s too!

Feel free to message me if you need some one on one encrouagement!

You can do it if you put your mind to it!

Posted by Born2Discover on Aug 09, 2014 at 1:01pm

Born2Discover has some very wise words!  I agree!  Give yourself credit… there are many people who wouldn’t even consider trying.  Remember…. You are smart and capable and can do anything you put your mind to!
Keep the drive to succeed will take you far!!  Remember, individuals with ADHD are usually legally entitled to accommodations. These accommodations are often small but make a huge difference in the success of students who struggle with ADHD.
Feel free to be in touch if you would like some direction with accommodations and general strategies to help you stay on track.
I wish you the best of luck and commend you on how far you have come!!  Your only limitations are your own thoughts.
Carrie Silverberg,  BA (Psyc), RECE
ADHD Consultant and Coach
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Posted by on Aug 09, 2014 at 8:20pm

Me too. If I had known I had ADHD 20 years ago I might have finished my BSc. In fact looking back at my old transcript, I think I did pretty well considering that I had no help at all. Just think of what you you’ve learned about handling your symptoms and how much the meds are helping and “what could have been” will be.

Posted by MorrisFluffyTail on Aug 10, 2014 at 12:45pm

I can relate to you. I did not receive the proper diagnosis until I was 38. The correct medication was most efficacious and changed my life. After much consideration I decided to return to college. I would find out if your chosen college provides the Briggs/Myers Type Indicator assessment before you commit to a particular major. You maybe surprised what the Briggs/Myers reveals. Twenty years ago if you told me that I would be attempting anything to do with medicine I would have said, “you’re crazy.” However, the Briggs/Myers indicated that the medical field was most suited to my personality type. As I have progressed I have had to tweak the medications I need, but there has been a steady increase in my GPA from a 3.50 to a 4.0. I am enjoying my courses very much thus far. Don’t be afraid to seek help, and don’t compete with anyone but yourself. Receive your education at a pace that is right for you and I believe the results will be better than you think. The scariest part is getting started. Your confidence will build if you have the right foundation, and seek assistance when you need it.

I wish you the best of luck and good fortune.

Posted by TM on Aug 10, 2014 at 10:05pm

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