Hey fellow brains!
I go by Water online, and I have recently uhh… I guess you’d say “re-diagnosed” with ADHD. I was diagnosed as a child, but quickly afterwards my home life got messy, stressful, and confusing, so I had diminishing returns on my medication, especially with no one able to help me monitor my behavior. I ended up overmedicated on Intuniv (highest possible dose at the age of 13) and when I forgot my medication one day, a family member decided between my improvement in mood and my hyperfocus, I could not POSSIBLY have ADHD and weaned me off of my medication. I am grateful she weaned me off of my high dose, but nowadays I’m frustrated that we discarded my diagnosis so carelessly.
We noticed troubles again in my sophomore year of college, but the screening test available at the school did not pick up my ADHD. I switched my major to psychology and have been super glad that I did! I’m very passionate about it and have found a lot of success, but it was through sheer force of will and interest while I struggled to manage my time. My problems multiplied once I graduated college this past December and my significant other moved out to start his career and then I broke up with him over other issues. So in a short amount of time I stripped away ALL of the structure that existed in my life! Great idea, right, brains?
I was interviewing for graduate school positions this spring so it hadn’t become something we noticed really until the summer when I entered therapy to address all of my stress from everything changing and not making it into grad school and starting a new job. My therapist suggested after a few sessions that I might have ADHD and I vehemently disagreed. He suggested it again after a few weeks, citing my poor track record with cars. I still disagreed strongly, but I went and did research and found the How To ADHD channel as well as comics from ADHD Alien and they really resonated with me. The more I looked into it, the more they fit. My therapist and I got me an appointment with a psychiatrist, I requested all of my old neurology records from my childhood, and the psychiatrist read those and listened to me for an hour and agreed and I’ve now been on medication for 5 weeks. It’s helping a lot! I’m still trying to find my strategies and balance and find a correct dosage, but I’m a lot better than I was.
I decided to join this forum and talk with fellow brains and just kind of. Be in touch! How To ADHD and ADHD Alien and other great creators I found through twitter have really helped me remove the shame from my diagnosis and treat myself with compassion. I’d like to be a part of that in some way.
So. I’m happy to be here! It’s nice to have a tribe and to not be so alone.