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Who has Adult ADHD?

I really need to talk about females who have Adult ADHD, but I really don’t know what to say, yet. I think I just want to open up the conversation about it.

Like, do you know anyone that has it? Do YOU have it? Were you diagnosed as an adult? Do you think you really have it? Or is it a relief to be diagnosed with it? And, do you feel guilty about having it/being diagnosed with it?

I have so many questions, and fear that far too many folks don’t have any anecdotal answers for me about it. Because, apparently, diagnosing females with ADHD is a very complicated thing that has been misdiagnosed pretty much since it was identified in white, male children. Go figure. What – we only get 78% of diagnoses as men now, too? *eyeroll*


Anyway, no, I’m not diagnosed with it. But, after reading about it and self-diagnosing myself (*Thanks too much free time between jobs!), I raised the possibility with my long-term doctor, who agreed that it might be something to look at further, when I’m on insurance again and can get back in there to chat about it.

I am certain I will have more to say about this, and hopefully you might, too.

*UPDATE* I just found out that it is “ADHD Awareness Month”. I want to say “Woohoo! I’m on time for something!”, but, it’s the 7th already, so, I guess I’m late on this, too. Go me!

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  1. Jade says:

    Hey Paula,

    I was diagnosed two weeks ago after thinking I had ADD for years. I too want to find women who have been diagnosed as adults and talk. So many questions. I’m 26 about to turn 27 and have been given medication to help with the symptoms.


    1. Paula says:

      Thank you for sharing, Jade! I truly am starting to realize/think that women have been so shortchanged by the medical field for not recognizing this more. Not deliberately, just not seeing it. I sure hope, with enough attention, it will change!

      Good luck on your meds! I just took my very first dose today. 🙂

  2. Angie says:

    Hi Paula, I was dx in 2008 with adult onset ADHD as a secondary condition caused by systemic lupus with CNS involvement. I had a cerebrovascular event that scrambled my brain causing seizures and other neurological issues. I’m functioning pretty normal now but I still have attention and concentration problems. Because it was due to autoimmune in origin, my dr didn’t think I should take ADHD meds. But now that flare is over and I still have trouble focusing, I’m considering seeking meds. Thanks for discussing the issue.

    1. Paula says:

      Hi Angie – I am glad that you found a doctor that was able to drill down and find additional issues, instead of just treating the first problem. Very interesting to know that ADHD meds may have impacted your flare-ups. Since those may be under control, now really might be a good time to discuss adding in a med.
      Thank you for sharing – it’s really interesting to find out additional ways ADHD can show itself.

  3. Ashley says:

    I was diagnosed 6 months ago at age 33. I actually thought I was depressed, but it turns out it was ADHD. I never thought I had ADHD but now that I know what inattentive ADHD looks like esp in women so much of my life makes more sense. Getting on meds created such a huge difference it was like getting glasses for the first time.

    Its also genetic and I am like 99% percent sure it has been ruining my mom’s life forever, unfortunately her doctor was not as helpful as mine.

  4. Christina says:

    I was diagnosed in 2010. I was diagnosed by a psychologist after seeing her for help getting through a very rough spell in my life. I then saw my primary doctor who prescribed medicine. I was 29 when I was diagnosed. Yes, I do think I “really” have it. I don’t feel guilty about having it any more than I would feel guilty about having cancer, cysts, the flu any medical issue. I think I feel more guilty about not getting diagnosed earlier in life. I won’t say it was a relief but I do know that it has truly made a difference since getting help and when I have an extended period where I have not taken meds I can tell a true difference!

  5. Kat says:

    Hi. I just wanted to chime in and say that I was diagnosed in the early 2000s when I went to see a therapist about the severe test anxiety I felt. He sent me to one of the colleges that did research on adults with ADHD and they diagnosed me with secondary ADHD due to excessive daytime sleepiness. My neurologist also diagnosed me with ADHD because I get unexplained tingling and numbness in my limbs. Apparently that’s what causes hyperactivity as it makes a person want to fidget. Most recently I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Hypersomnia, so I’ve gone full circle to the excessive daytime sleepiness. I’m happy that I’ve discovered all this now in my 20s and 30s and not after having children.

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