Hey, world! My name is Kelly. I was recently diagnosed with ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), and I'd like to talk about it.
Before we get into it, let me just preface that my own experience with ADHD is in no way meant to be representative of every single person's! I'm also not a professional medical expert, and this article is not meant to diagnose anyone. Cool? Cool!
I was diagnosed with ADHD a little over a year ago, when I was 23 years old. When the pandemic hit, I noticed significant changes in my mood and found it increasingly more difficult to focus on important tasks. I initially just attributed it to all the changes the pandemic had brought, but over time, I realized there was more going on.
My diagnosis was honestly life-changing in many ways. First, because it meant that I was able to get the help I needed. But it also just explained SO much.
So, without further ado, here are 10 things that make much more sense about my life after being diagnosed with ADHD:
1.First things first, mood swings!
2.School was pretty difficult, actually.
3.When I say my mind is always wandering, I mean my mind is always wandering.
4.Food is hard!!!
5.One word: hyperfixations!
6.Motivation: Where the heck is it?!
7.Impulsiveness affects a lot — especially relationships.
8.Sensory. Freaking. OVERLOAD.
9.I can hear you just fine — I just don't understand what you said.
10.And finally, some positives: creativity, passion, and a unique outlook on life.
Now it's your turn! If you were diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, tell us about your experiences in the comments below.