So, I am a 43 year old guy who was just diagnosed at 39 with combined presentation, though I have felt fairly certain that I have had it for quite a while, and of course looking back, I know it was always there. I still have some of my old elementary school report cards, just full of teachers who liked me and thought that I was super smart, but is not working up to potential, doesn’t pay attention, seems bored, talks too much and needs to do his homework! I’m not super hyperactive, but I am definitely very fidgety.
In my adult life, I have bounced between jobs, somehow usually staying relatively successful, despite always inwardly struggling. I have had jobs that I thought were awesome! . . . for maybe a month or two, when the novelty and excitement wore off. Jobs that are challenging and interesting, but very quickly become very difficult for me to do. An individual task, I can generally handle. Multi-step projects and tasks, oh my goodness. What should I be doing instead of typing this intro? Oy.
So, I did try adderall and concerta for a bit, and they did seem to have some minor concentration improvement, but not enough for me to deal with the side effects. I just scheduled an appointment with a therapist who lists CBT and ADHD in her list of specialties, so fingers crossed there. I’ll talk to her about medication in conjunction with therapy, but I am already on an unrelated medication which is hard on the heart, so adding a powerful stimulant to it makes me nervous. Tachycardia is no fun.
I also have a 19 year old daughter who’s been diagnosed and is definitely struggling. My 21 year old son may very well have it, but he’s not diagnosed and it’s a little more mild than the other two of us, though it does cause him some difficulties.
Anyway, I look forward to getting more into the forums!