Hi everyone! My name is Petra. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 49. I am 53 now and I think knowing what I have makes it easier but also harder. I understand myself better but I also feel very lonely because I get the feeling no one really understands. I als feel so sorry for the small child I once was. With this comes a lot of grief and sadness. Having said that… I love my boundless enthousiasm, energy and creativity!!!
Not long been on here myself
I struggled too when diagnosed, thinking back to childhood, that a lot of bad stuff could be, part of or some of the ADHD
Glad too see you take the positive out of it, me not so much
Hi Petra! My name is Wendy. I’m 38 now. Was diagnosed and started medication in 2002 but it wasn’t until 2017 when I was starting to find helpful information and support groups online. I also found a therapist who I like and use and a psychiatrist who is unbelievably great and see on a regular basis.
I feel very alone in all this especially when I reached out to my family for there support and understanding in 2018. My family doesn’t think I should take medication they don’t know anything about ADHD and mental illness they aren’t emotionally supportive people. It hurt and I was sad and hurt and it’s been a process for me. Also I have no friends or coworkers who relate to me. I do believe one of the things that has helped me heal is online support and I go to a local chadd meeting once a month. I’m also on HealthUnlocked that was the first place I went for online support
Hi Wendy! Thanks for your reply!