I was diagnosed with ADHD at 35 during therapy after I escaped an abusive relationship. That diagnosis allowed me to finally be introduced to my own brain.
With research, medication, and that ADHD grit, I’ve been able to heal my inner child as I recognize familial ADHD patterns, gain control of my emotions and utilize logic brain, break free from substance abuse, accept personal accountability, and live a life for the future instead of the time blind “now” and “not now.”
The thing I’m most excited about though is that I’m able to understand myself as a parent to my young son who very likely inherited ADHD. I know this will be invaluable knowledge that can help his and my growth and stability. The ability to know why I never fully fit in with the socially accepted neurotypical world means I don’t resent it or exhaust myself trying to appease it now. My hope is that I can pass this knowledge onto anyone that will listen. ADHD diagnosis as an adult was freedom for me