From undiagnosed child to successful adult

Successful people with ADHD

Successful people with ADHD

Being on the circle of Successful people with ADHD is not a simple mission.

It all started…

When I was a child, many teachers recommended I get tested for ADHD as while I was bright, I was distracted, emotional, made careless mistakes and would often need to run around and fidget. My cheeks and fingers were constantly torn and bleeding from me trying to fidget subtly. My mum didn’t want to ‘pigeon hole’ me, so no assessment took place.

I grew up shouted at, punished and berrated for not focusing, for not proof reading, for forgetting things, for being disorderly, for being hyper, not focusing…the list goes on. I already beat myself up for those things and the added pressure from parents and teachers proved myself as a failure. No matter how I tried, I couldn’t control my zoning out, or forgetting or lack of focus. It felt like everyone else had brain glasses but I’d lost mine somewhere, gathering dust. I grew up to be a disillusioned adult, crippled by anxiety, depression and a bad drinking problem.

I got diagnosed

At nineteen, I had started a few degrees, but lost interest and quickly dropped out. When a colleague committed suicide in the building behind work and at that point, I realised I needed help. Meanwhile I got referred to a psychiatrist who was pretty sure I had ADHD just from talking to me and after taking the test and I was diagnosed with ADHD-PI. Afer the diagnose I took the medicine and I felt so clear headed.

I could read without getting distracted! I could tune out people talking, pens clicking, birds singing and actually focus on what people were saying. It didn’t cure me but it facilitated my ability to work on the therapy to improve my symptoms. However, this decision led to me being kicked out of home and I was homeless for a while. I worked hard and now, for the most part, people don’t realise I have ADHD. I’m just a quirky, fun creative type.

I do take medication for it sometimes, but rarely and I have an A+ average at uni and am starting my PhD next year. I really think I was lucky enough to be supported so well by people who cared and helped me to help myself. Still having a lot of issues to work through – a dissociative disorder and anxiety, but my ADHD no longer cripples me – even though it sure can be a pain sometimes.

Successful people with ADHD  are all around and we encourage to share yours too!

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  1. This was very enjoyable story to read. I really liked every single line but i can’t stay without mentioning “It felt like everyone else had brain glasses but I’d lost mine somewhere, gathering dust.” Such a creative way to describe ADHD. Thank you for the article, looking forward to your next.

    1. Thanks, Fedora! That means so much 🙂

      I am excited to read and write more as this page develops

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