I Was Diagnosed With ADHD At 33, And It Changed My Life

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“I never thought at the age of 33, I’d be diagnosed with ADHD.

But it’s not like I didn’t know I had it.

I knew.

Even Google told me.

But I thought, could it be that easy?

There can’t be something that labels it and can fix me?

I spent so many years trying to tone down who I was.

I had to work so hard to get results in anything: tricks and mind games and timers and everything to keep me on track.

I’d always fall short and do everything last minute.

I’d sweat every time I’d tell a story because I just knew people would roll their eyes when I couldn’t stay focused trying to finish it.

I’d procrastinate on important tasks and think I was just so lazy, so why should I try?

Actually, many people with ADHD feel like this.

They never believe their hard work is because they put in hard work; they think it’s a fluke or good luck.

They can’t celebrate successes because there’s always something else they have to do or something they haven’t done.

I had Imposter Syndrome with everything I did, even getting a diagnosis.

Telling people I’m on medication, I felt like they look at me like I’m just trying to get a cheap high or that I’m childish.

Again, an imposter.

Then I met a psychiatrist who told me, ‘You know Imposter Syndrome is a symptom of ADHD?’

It took me so long to believe that I have ADHD and for friends and family to acknowledge I have it too.

And you know what?

I don’t even need them to believe me.

I know my truth, and the proof is in the pudding.

Left is me off medication; right is me on medication.”

laundry piling up and then being done with ADHD
Courtesy of Laura Mazza

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