A Story About Adult ADHD

T he Everyday Health website has a post about an ADHDer who managed to control his symptoms. It was a challenge but he did succeed.  I hope you find the post to be of interest.

After years of ADHD symptoms and struggles — dating back to elementary school — Jeff Siegel was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 46. That diagnosis was “bittersweet,” says Siegel. “On the one hand it’s a relief, you know exactly what the answer is,” he says. But on the other hand, there’s fear too — that it’s something you can’t get rid of. [ Click here to read the whole post ]

Oh. Before I forget. I should mention that the ADHDer referred to in that Everyday Health post is me.

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  • http://discoveringadd.wordpress.com Jay

    Are you sure that’s you? The guy they interviewed seems so positive. ;)

    (Here I am popping in to make a sarcastic comment after another long absence. Must be the ADD. :) )

    • http://jeffsaddmind.com Jeffs ADD Mind

      They edited out all the blood and gore. ;)

      Hope all is well with you.

  • http://shanna-tator-pearson.myopenid.com/ Shanna

    Jeff–it sounds like you are doing lots of things right! I was also diagnosed as an adult with ADHD. I felt mostly relief with the diagnosis because at least I had something to work with instead of wondering if I was broken!

    For me the ADHD assessment was the first step to gaining control of my life, which now includes a successful business and marriage.

    • http://jeffsaddmind.com Jeffs ADD Mind

      “instead of wondering if I was broken” – Hmmm…I may still be broken but at least I know how to get around with my busted steering wheel. ;)

      “it sounds like you are doing lots of things right!” – There’s certainly been some slippage, but, for the most part, everything has improved in varying degrees.

  • Cindy

    I’m not sure I want to actually dumb myself down with medicine to be like everyone else. Sure, it gets annoying to be surrounded by Morons, but they outnumber us and to be successful, we have to learn to use our superior imaginations to dream up brighter sinister ways to manage them (other people). It’s all an illusion & perception. I am considering acting classes. It could be a great creative outlet to also learn how to pretend to be someone else. When in Rome… build a Trojan horse. I think that’s much more fun than dosing with Ritalin and waiting for the hands on the clock to move.

    • http://jeffsaddmind.com Jeffs ADD Mind

      What you will accomplish, as an ADHDer, by taking medication, will be far far greater than what you will accomplish without it. The medication does not turn you into a zombie that watches the clock. The difficulty one can have when you’ve been blessed (cursed?) with both intelligence and ADHD is that one gets entangled with the other. We find it difficult to separate the two and our intelligence and imagination helps to mask the difficulties we face.

      And I think you’d have a blast with the acting classes. A few times I thought of doing that too.

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