At least you didn’t leave it in the fridge with your car keys.
Another one! Join the club. Although you have a few more kilometers under your belt than I do. I’m 50 now, diagnosed a few months back.
I’m all over eBay. The king of the frivolous purchase. I walked down the street one time, bored and purposeless, and came back with a $3000 coffee machine. Great coffee. But really??? Similar to how I bought my house. And my ex-wife.
Don’t expect a miracle cure, and you won’t be disappointed.
I found that I built up the idea of meds while I was waiting for mine, and was happy to ride the wave of hope and happiness that took me to the pharmacy to finally pick them up a month or so later.
While I knew that they weren’t going to fix everything in a second, I’d built myself up for a fall. And I fell.
I need to see the quack about an alternative maybe, but as part of the fall-out from my emotions running high, then low, I lost my job and can’t afford it now.
I also found that being on the meds added complications that I didn’t fully contemplate.
Now I have the option of ticking the “disability” box on forms if I choose to. As much as it’s a kick in the guts, there are some organisations which treat that as a positive discrimination thing (by lip service at least).
The other side of that Damocles sword is the fact that I now have to declare my medication, and the reason I’m on it to employers. I work in a high risk, major hazard environment, and I get tested for drugs and alcohol.
From conversations I’ve had with the HR Johnnies, I figure that I’ve cut down my employment options to roughly half of what they were the day before my diagnosis.
Be prepared to explain to others about ADHD, and watch them size you up. Many will write you off from that moment on. Others will just be neutrally ignorant. This forum is the only place I’ve found where you will not be judged or misunderstood.
My life changed in some subtle and not-so-subtle ways after I found ADHD. It’s still early days, and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get it together a little better over time.
The best of British luck to you!