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Old 10-22-12, 02:20 AM
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I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 21 after years of wondering what was wrong with me. I could never pay attention in class, I was always off in another world. I would often think school was just boring to me and not really question why I never paid attention. I generally got good marks in high school even though I could never buckle down and do any sort of home work required. It wasn't until university that I realized my lack of concentration in class had nothing to do with it being boring. Even on days I tried to pay attention I could not and it soon became very upsetting when I couldn't concentrate long enough to study or do decent work on an assignment/essay. University was not the breeze I found high school to be. All through elementary school, Jr. high and High school I was heavily active in sports and they helped me concentrate and organize my time wisely. As soon as I stopped playing sports in university any organizational skills I had went goodbye.

I never really thought much of the way I acted or what I did on a daily basis but when I look back I used to say and do really impulsive things. I mostly chalked it up to being incredibly immature. There were times I would do something and then immediately think back and wonder why I just did it and be mortified that I didn't stop to think whether it was a bad idea. My friends thought I was hilarious half the time and the most annoying person on earth the other half.

Another major issue I had still have sometimes is finishing things, I always have 10-15 video games on the go I am playing or 4-5 books I am reading and half the time I never finish any of them. I find it's better now, but before hand finishing a task was a huge accomplishment in itself.

The fact I was doing moderately well in academic level high school classes, was never in trouble and was female my ADHD diagnosis took a lot longer, I believe anyways.
It wasn't until I had been on multiple antidepressants that never helped, had some really awful dramatic events in my life that I mostly caused and was close to flunking out of University that I realized something that I hadn't been thinking of maybe the issue.

Truth be told I was always on the ADHD is not a real bandwagon, I always thought people who claimed to have it were just misdiagnosed by doctors who just wanted to pump kids full of medication. It was not until I started learning about it in my Psych course that my eyes opened up and I realized the professor was describing myself and my whole life.
I immediately mentioned my suspicions to my mother who booked an appointment with a specialist and from there I was diagnosed with ADHD and first put on Concerta which I found did not work then finally settled on Adderall XR.

It was like a light had suddenly been turned on in my life, I could concentrate in class, I could study, I could retain what I heard, my marks went from 60's/low 70's to 80's and low 90's. I didn't act as impulsive and I was a lot more mellow in general.

I am not saying Adderall is a wonder drug, it can be a literal headache but I can't imagine where I would be today if I had not had that diagnosis. It's nice to know there are people my age out there suffering from ADHD and only being diagnosed when they were an adult. For a time I felt silly having been diagnosed so late since as far as I knew people were diagnosed as children. I hid it from all my friends for the longest time. Now I am not ashamed to mention it to anyone, it's who I am.
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