Empowered

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I am an adult woman who was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 25. My entire life, I felt like I wasn’t doing enough. But when I tried harder in one area in my life, another area would suffer.

Finally, my partner (who also has ADHD) suggested I get tested. I was initially reluctant – how could I have ADHD? I did so well in school, I didn’t need to run around all the time – I clearly knew very little about it. 6 months later, I was sitting in my psychiatrist’s office where the diagnosis was confirmed.

Finally, my life’s pieces fell into place. I’m not lazy. I’m not a failure- my brain is different. Getting the diagnosis was the most empowering and freeing feeling. I have learned so much about how ADHD displays in women, and have been able to share this with others. My work is no longer a chore. I’ve found ways to manage and adapt because I was no longer looking at myself as though I were a failure or broken. Treatment has been a life changer. Life has changed since diagnosis for the better.

Stephanie C


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