This reply was originally posted by user adhdmomma in ADDitude’s now-retired community.
Your reaction is very common for those diagnosed in adulthood. The positive aspect though is now you know there was a reason for the madness. And, now you know you can improve it with treatment.
These articles offer many strategies to work through the emotions you’re having from a late diagnosis:
These discuss treatment for adults with ADHD (medication and therapy are the “gold standard”):
Moderator, Author on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen boy with ADHD, LDs, and autism