I was diagnosed in 2nd grade with “Attention Deficit Disorder” (now classified as ADHD-PI). My high school guidance counselor (who, up til then, had been fantastic) told me I “grew out of it” when I went to him to see if I could get help with classes. As an adult, let me tell you, I have NOT grown out of it.
I am now married and live nearly 300 miles from “home,” my mom, everything I’ve ever known, and I’ve never felt so alone. My husband has ASD and doesn’t get it.
In the past 6 months or so, I have been attending a weekly group meeting near me for people with ADHD and ASD, and it has made a tremendous impact on my life. For one thing, the coach there suggested I look into “How To ADHD” videos on youtube. I started watching one bad day (they’re all bad days anymore) and I watched for several hours. SOO much made SOO much more sense! It was incredible!
I’m not just “lazy.” I’m not properly motivated. I just need to figure out how to work with that.
I’m not stupid. I learn differently.
I am slow at many things, but that doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. And it just means I haven’t found MY thing yet. (hopefully soon…)
I am creative.
I like to do crafty things.
I like to fix things (hence “msgyver”).
I like to sing.
I like cats (and dogs, too) but can’t have one at the moment due to living circumstances.