So....I was diagnosed with ADD on Monday.
I started reading up on ADD/ADHD a few months ago and the more I read, the more things started to fall into place and I realised 'that's me!'. I pursued a diagnosis, based on my own knowledge and after a short assessment, it was decided that I do indeed have ADD.
After years of wondering why I had such a busy mind, intense emotions and struggling with organisation and attention, I now have answers.
I understand that people didn't really know how to react when I explained that I had been diagnosed, so I just wanted to explain a few things;
1. It's a lot more common than you think and there are millions of people who have not, and may not ever get to be diagnosed.
2. It's not a bad thing to have ADD/ADHD. Obviously it has its struggles but there are positive traits that come along with it such as great sense of humour (obvs I'm a clear example), passion, the ability to 'hyper-focus' on things of interest (determination), adventurous, artistic, intuitive, empathic, imaginative but to name a few.
3. Not being 'neurotypical' just means that we process things a little differently, we are not weird (ok, hands up...I might be). Just means that our brains are wired in a different way.
4. The name 'attention deficit disorder' is very misleading. In actual fact, we have too much attention on everything, which is why it's harder to focus on one thing and filter other things out.
5. The difference between ADD and ADHD is that the 'H' stands for hyperactivity. I would probably have been diagnosed as ADHD if it was picked up as a child, and although I can still be pretty hyperactive, that part has lessened as I've got older (which is pretty common). 6. Women/girls are much less likely to be diagnosed than boys. Not because it is less common, but women present differently and sometimes the symptoms/traits are harder to spot.
7. There is absolutely no shame in admitting you have ADD/ADHD. It makes you special and most likely gifted...be proud!
8. Did I mention we can talk? 😂
9. Also have a tendency not to finish th.. #add#adhd#attentiondefecitdisorder#newlydiagnosed#awareness#longestpostever#illshutupnowbye