I am one of those diagnosed-in-adulthood brains. I actually went to a psychologist around mid 20’s after I’ve quit my 4th or 5th graduate school (interestingly, 4 halves do not make 1 master’s degree, weird, huh?) A similar story for many here I guess, things usually get boring at some point, end up not being what I imagined, etc. By the way, I am currently on a Ph.D., working on mt Thesis even (first time I got this far, and this is my first try after my diagnosis). I use meds on certain periods and quit them on others (within full knowledge of my therapist). Also, even though I was a textbook case, I got diagnosed luckily by a therapist who was ADHD himself, when I was forced by family to see him for my depression. However, although I have seen a few, and go when there is an emergency, I lack the luxury of visiting a professional on a regular basis. Our health system does not cover good therapy. What they cover is just not helpful, etc.
Well… I’m afraid that is not all. I also am studying at another university (they’re free in my country if you can pass the admittance exam), and what I am doing is something I wish I did when I was younger: Studying my hobby as a career. At this university, I’m a literature major. Basically I read books and they give me pocket money in exchange. I must note that my previous experience is nothing like that. Because I’ve been forced by my parents and teachers to major in Engineering (because I was good in Maths) and you can all guess how successful an ADHD brain becomes when forced into an area they dislike. Considering on some days I can’t even find the energy to do the things I like, it is a miracle that I actually managed to graduate from that one, but my parents were not too off the mark sadly, cause I could do Engineering with little effort, but had no enthusiasm for it. Nevertheless, I’d advise younger brains to go on a path you like in the first place, else you can find yourself back in school at 35+ . Oh and, remember how I said I was good at Maths, well I’m also doing a Minor at Mathematics department on the side to my English Literature degree now
PS. I do not know which one I’ll be doing in 2-3 years after I graduate from all (hopefully) but still… These are my three career thingies. Apart from those, I like programming, sometimes flirt with coding a new awesome game, and then usually cannot follow through. I am also very much into Boardgames and dream to make one of those as well. At a given time I usually have at least 5 active projects, and none of them tend to be finished. I have a room full of abandoned projects. I like crocheting, for example. I have at least 20 works-in-progress
Mainly I love the beginning of everything. Need a stimulant to see the end of things and not the best at finding/providing that. HowToADHD videos are tremendously helping, I binge-watched several of them, and going in chronological order (because random/chaos damages my inner order nazi). Last week I had a Thesis Progress Meeting, in order to defeat which I made a glitter calming bottle .
And lastly, if anyone is keeping a statistics of how everyone first finds their way here, I clicked on Jessica’s BuJo review posted on a BuJo group, and the rest was history. Hope I did not babble too long