I got diagnosed last week, and have been on meds since then and OMG it’s amazing. I feel like myself again. I don’t know if I’ve had it since childhood (I mostly did really well academically,) or if it’s something that was brought on by messed up brain chemistry as an adult, but Jesus Rice Crispies, I can not believe the difference.
And evidently, it’s really common for women to be diagnosed in their 30s and 40s, because we’ve essentially exhausted all other possibilities. This all happened really fast. I few weeks ago I started reading about women with ADHD because despite having everything else being treated successfully, I felt like something was still missing. I asked a few friends about it who have it, one gave me a Vyvanse to try and it was night and day. I talked to my doctor, he agreed and said “go see your psychiatrist” and I’m now on Adderal XR.
I really think my life is going to get better. For so long I’ve been trying to figure out why I have so much trouble doing things that seem to be so normal/routine/not a massive struggle for other people, when I’m so freaking smart (not to brag...it is what it is) and motivated to change.
So yeah. I’m pretty happy. Everyone has been really happy for me, except for one friend who was a total Debbie Downer who was like “Hey have you had any of these terrible side effects? No? Just wait.” (Sidebar, there’s a reason we only really chat once/year.)