January 9, 2020 at 11:34 am #137980
I am a 30yr old mum of 2. I have had what I believed to be anxiety and depression around 7 years ago. However even with medication I always new there was something a little bit more, i could tell that the way i thought and done things where to the disapproval of other. (Not purposfully) i couldn’t understand why i was feeling like the odd one out. Fast forward to today years, my aunt and uncle (mums side) where diagnosed in their late 20s with autism. So I started to research that, some of my traits where the same but not enough for autism. I then came across ADHD and for the first time, everything I have read relates to myself, I feel like their are others who know how I feel and act without actually knowing me. From this I booked a doctors appointment for an assessment. But I’m not sure if I should act on anything prior to the appointment. It can take up to 1 year to be seen I was told. It’s just that i am at university resitting my first year (i couldn’t get my assignments done) I’m just worried if I dont do anything now I’ll be in the same position next year. Sorry for the long post any help (if you can understand what I have wrote) is very much appreciated.
January 9, 2020 at 12:00 pm #137981
Hey, what have you got to lose if you go on the waiting list for the assessment? It might take a bit of time, but by the sounds of it, you are wanting some answers to your struggles. I would also book an appointment with the university’s student support team and they will be able to provide you with an educational diagnosis that should offer some help with your assignments. Take the help that is on offer! The other thing is, is that ADHD doesn’t always present on its own and can be accompanied by other conditions such as autism, OCD, depression and anxiety. It is often missed because of the depression and anxiety bit. Go easy on yourself, you are at university, so you are already doing well! Also, you might be 30, but you still have the rest of your life ahead of you and actually, you are quite young to be diagnosed, as far as women go!
January 9, 2020 at 1:11 pm #137987
You can definitely start now by continuing to education yourself and also practicing some of the tools to help with ADHD. Check out the HowToADHD Youtube channel if you haven’t. Lots of good tools to use as a starting point. Also, reading books and listening to podcasts can be good, as well as forums such as these. If there’s any chance to start working with a therapist right away I’d also advise that too. No need to wait until you see the specialist. Without a formal diagnosis you can still benefit from treatment.
January 10, 2020 at 10:17 am #138039
There are so many things you can do to try to help yourself while you await your evaluation appointment. A healthy lifestyle is a big one. Working to understand how your brain works can really help too.
ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism
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