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Yep. That girl you described was me but I went undiagnosed until 33. Pretty uncommon, according to my psychiatrist, for someone with a more severe case of combined ADHD to go undiagnosed for so long. However, my brother has autism caused by a seizure disorder so my issues were kind of minimized and dismissed.
I think this is a big reason that other diagnoses crept in. First, anxiety…as far back as I can remember and about everything. Then, obsessive thoughts and OCD. Finally, it took it’s toll and I was diagnosed with severe recurring depression from 18 on. Until I was finally diagnosed and prescribed the correct meds.
Would things have been different had I been diagnosed sooner? I am pretty sure they would have. Is that a bad thing? Not sure yet.