Succeeding with ADHD

I have ADHD, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, and other learning disabilities. I also have nearly a 4.0 GPA. My success as a student isn’t in spite of those challenges, but probably because of them. These obstacles have helped me persevere in all that I do, have compassion for others, and cope with any new challenges that may arise.

I realized that although I had no control over what life gave me, I did have control over my attitude. My only chance of doing well was to figure out strategies that worked for me, develop a strong work ethic, and persevere when things get tough. Putting forth whatever effort was necessary has become a habit. This discipline has helped me academically, and in all other aspects of my life.

I know that the persistence, compassion and resilience that I have developed will help me focus on my goals and not stop until I achieve them.

College student in CA

i have adhd and i’m okay

At the beginning of this year, i was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder. it wasn’t until later that i was properly diagnosed with adhd. hearing this cleared up the confusion on how i act.

as a kid, i was poorly treated by my teachers due to my adhd (like i said, i didn’t know i had it until just this year). my third grade teacher threw away my drawings that i made after a test, and my fifth grade teachers yelled at me for blurting out the answers to questions in class. i’ll be honest; the american education system hasn’t done a great job at helping students with adhd, but that’s a topic for another day.

but i’m a senior in high school now. i’m about to graduate. adhd is still apart of my life today. i still hyperfocus on things, i still feel rejected from friend groups, i still blurt things out. but i’m okay! i’m doing great. i’m a drag performer, a digital artist, and an actor who has adhd, and that’s okay!
you’ll be okay 🙂

Vance

just a casual 16 year old girl writing

Well idk if this is odd or weird but i’m doing this anyway.

I am 16, I have been dancing at a studio for 13 years, competed for 5 and I also have been on the Varsity Dance Team at my school since freshman year. Yes, i’m 16 so that means that I am a junior in High School. I hang around all the jocks. I don’t like to sound full of myself, but yes, I would consider myself “popular”.

Anyway, (I get off topic a lot lol), I have ADHD. When I was 2 years old, my parents took me to the doctor because they noticed I started to act differently than “normal” kids my age. They gave me medicines to take because they didn’t know what was wrong with me. So then when i was in 3rd grade, i had epilespy and also a lesion in my brain. So i had brain surgery and 85 stitches later, it was gone. Haven’t had a seizure since 2011 but I still struggle with adhd. It is hard for people to really understand you. But YOU have to FIGHT. YOU GOT THIS!

– PS> Kenz

Getting a degree with ADHD

I am at university and adhd is RUINING MY LIFE RIGHT NOW.

I somehow made it through my first year but I can tell I’m not going to be able to do that again this year and it sucks I have to wait so long or somehow pay for a private appointment to get medication that I know I desperately need, my life literally feels like it’s falling apart.

While I should be studying or looking after myself and my finances, I’m procrastinating every second of every day and falling further and further behind even though I really want to get a high grade and procrastinating is the last thing I should be doing, I’m forgetting to clean my teeth, eat and go to classes, I’m daydreaming in lessons, conversations and annoying my friends by being too hyper and emotional, I’m also terrible at looking after my finances and I already can’t afford rent down the line. I can’t get a job I’m too scattered right now, I can’t do work, my life’s crumbling!

I love ADHD but right now… I need it to sit down and HELP ME!!

Elk

Training at Man Utd

My son has not been diagnosed yet, but having talked to lots of parents and our perpetration, we have a very strong possibility that this is the case.

My 6yr old son was scouted by man utd, he managed 4 training sessions before the centre manager lost it, and then left me a voicemail saying my son was no longer allowed to attend. He blamed it on the fact my wife had entered the hall without permission to console my son, with said manager in the immediate vicinity. This followed his raging outburst at the fact my son had kicked the ball inappropriately, slamming his clipboard down and stomping over to demand he speak with a parent. My son stood in the middle of the hall in tears, what else would she do?….he is above average at football, his attention is limited, we don’t expect anything from him, other than a watching him do something he is very passionate about. As you are aware, he will not retain focus for long periods, but to last this long is an achievement when ignorance prevails

Darren Jones

my son screaming in silence for help suffers adhd

My son’s name is Dominic, he was diagnosed with ADHD by the age of 6 but I knew something was not okay since he was 18 months old.

He lives in his little world, he fights his own battles with his enclosed thoughts everyday, too many thoughts twirling like a tornado is hard for me to catch up.

Every day is a struggle at school, kids are mean and he is the target of the bullies, the jokes, the name calling. He doesn’t understand why people is mean to him? why he doesn’t have friends? why he rides the special needs bus? while I listen here trying to pretend I understand and to make him believe I can protect him from anything, but I can’t fight his battles, I can’t answer all those questions I feel like I am tied and only can wish I can transfer all my strength to him just to keep going day by day.

Sometimes I wish I was there, in school and I was able to stand up for him and all others kids that somewhat are different. It only takes one person to change the situation.

moma bear

Diagnosed late

I was diagnosed at 25 in March 2018 with ADHD.

Before, I carried the diagnoses of Bipolar disorder, Depression, Anxiety, and OCD. My whole life I was told I was bright, but also lazy, stupid, harebrained, in a fog, etc. I almost failed out of college. I watched as people passed me by, and felt I wasn’t living up to my potential. I felt that something was wrong but my fatigue/mood swings were attributed to depression and bipolar.

However, SSRIs and mood stabilizers never “fixed” me. I lost my first professional job after college and fell into a suicidal depression. I couldn’t organize a job search. I felt like a failure.

I finally saw a documentary about ADHD and talked to my doctor about it. He trialed me on medication and it was like wearing glasses for the first time. I landed my dream job and am doing much better now.

I never considered ADHD before because I had a misconception of what the disorder was. I now know it’s more than not paying attention and being hyper. There is hope.

Summer

We The ADHD

I want the world to know about ADHD is that when I am having trouble focusing when someone is talking behind me I am not doing it on purpose, when I am in class and instead of listening to the teacher I am daydreaming I am not doing it because I don’t want to study, when I am using my imagination to explain my feelings its not because I have autism, when I am taking too much and sometimes don’t stop its not because I have an annoying mouth or when I am smiling, laughing and energetic its not because I am acting drunk. its because I am ME! THE REAL ME!!!, the real me that loves taking, smiling, being energetic, being happy and having her own kind of a kingdom in her head to just a few minutes to not to be in the real world its so authentic and uniq because its me.
and its so uniq because we the (ADHD KIDS), WE NEED TO BE PROUD OF IT, WE HAVE OUR OWN SUPER POWER, OUR OWN WORLD, WE CAN MAKE A CHANGE.
when people tell u that ur different it only means that ur different because ur special!

Ofri Sadres

ADHD and the public schools

My son who is six has ADHD. I also have a three year old who doesn’t have ADHD. I always knew something wasn’t quite right when he was about three years old. He got diagnosed at age five. What I find challenging is the public school system and how there is a lack of awareness and lack of resources in schools. And I think partly because most don’t take ADHD so seriously unless you have a personal connection to it. ADHD children look just like any other child. But there are struggles early on that does not go away as the child grows.

My son just entered grade one this year and he has many years of struggle ahead of him navigating the school system that I know will fail him. I am advocating for my child the best I can but I feel there needs to be more teachers that are trained and most importantly educated about ADHD. These kids deserve the same opportunities as their peers but they are often mislabeled as lazy, unwilling, mischievous children. I hope to spread awareness at schools.

Shobna

I have ADHD anxiety

I have ADHD. I can’t sit still in a sit in the classroom and on the bus too. I have to move.

I can’t sit still in the classroom. I have to up and move my body around.

My ADHD... wants me to move in the classroom. I have trouble sit still on the bus too. It is hard for me to focus in school. I have a lot a lot a lot of energy in my body during school time on the bus.

Monica

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