I am new to the forum and just wanted to introduce myself.
Fourteen years ago, at age 41 I was diagnosed with bipolar 2. It made sense and I accepted the diagnosis. I’d had many ups and downs (more downs than ups really) and I had the usual ‘thoughts’ when things were bad.
But I often wondered, does having this disorder (bipolar) make you ‘lazy’ or flit from hobby to hobby leaving unfinished projects in your wake. Or you know you have to do something but starting it is sometimes beyond you. Or it takes you days/weeks to start it (climbing the wall) I went to university as a mature student and found it very, very challenging. Essays late, lecture and tutorial notes a jumbled mess. Despair! I dropped out halfway through my second year and I was ashamed.
I have known for some time that there was something else overriding the bipolar and began researching autism/Aspergers syndrome which led me to How to ADHD. And here I am.
It was a proper ‘lightbulb’ moment reading comments and listening to Jessica. ‘That’s me! That’s me!’. I’m not lazy or dim or a lump of nothing or useless. I’m not a waste of space either. Yes, I’ve thought all these things of myself. So I’ve made an appointment with my GP and I’m going to ask him for a referral to a specialist. If he doesn’t or won’t ill go private.
Thank you for reading if you’ve got this far. And my best wishes to all you ‘Brains’.
‘lazy’ or flit from hobby to hobby leaving unfinished projects in your wake. Or you know you have to do something but starting it is sometimes beyond you. Or it takes you days/weeks to start it (climbing the wall)
Oh dang that’s me to a tee! Drives my husband mad cause he hyperfocused on his hobbies so he thinks I’m just boring lol
Hello @Flutterby and welcome to the HowToADHD forums!
I commend you for recognizing your traits and seeking a diagnosis. I, myself, was diagnosed only last year at 45, after realizing that my struggles in college and career had to have a root cause.
Better to find out in the present than not at all!
Welcome to the forum. I hope whatever information you receive from the specialist helps you with your journey moving forward.
We are here if you have questions or just need somebody to talk to.