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    Wanna hear a funny story?
    So because of ADHD I have a hard time sleeping anyway (stay up late, wake up in the night, etc.)
    But when I’m stressed it gets like 10x worse and results like things like sleep walking, sleep talking, being only half asleep the whole night, or no sleeping at all. This happens if I have to do something the next day that requires me being in a new environment, waking up early or a test or a presentation.
    So a few years ago I had a midterm at 8am the next morning. Set my alarm, went to bed, or so I thought.
    Turns out I ended up sleep walking that night, like really badly…
    Somehow, I woke up an hour after my midterm started and I shit you not: my phone alarm was turned off, and my phone was between my mattress and my box spring, I had clothes ripped out of my drawers and thrown all over my room, and I was sleeping at the wrong end of my bed. I woke up, and basically ran to school and thankfully wrote my midterm.
    Nothing that intense has ever happened again sleep wise, but just know it could be worse 😉

    in reply to: Newly Diagnosed and Struggling #85388
    ar.gray
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    Hi Paige!!
    I am a 21 year old female and finally diagnosed and medicated after MANY years of internal struggles and feeling lost and confused. You should be proud of yourself for taking this step.
    I myself, had a lot of feelings when I did multiple self tests and read symptoms over and over again. The same questions flooded my mind: “would things have turned out differently if I had been diagnosed or medicated earlier?” “would I maybe not have failed that class?” etc etc.
    Truth be told, beating yourself up and wondering what could have been will only hinder your journey into treatment and coping. I still fall back and get angry with myself because of past mistakes or past issues. It will take time but trust me, the validation and the support you will receive via online communities and competent doctors and people close to you will help you move in the right direction. I’m not going to sit here and say that everyone will be accepting and understanding or that you yourself won’t get frustrated when you see your ADHD coming out very severely sometimes, but like everything, learning and unlearning is a process.
    Be kind to yourself, and patient as well. Surround yourself with people who understand and won’t make it harder for you. You deserve happiness.

    Good luck with everything Paige,
    Alyssa

    in reply to: Share some venting re. ADD mishaps! #85384
    ar.gray
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    LOVE this discussion!
    I am a 21 year-old female with ADHD primarily hyperactive/impulsive type.
    When I was in school I tried my hardest to balance part time work and full time school. Turns out I couldn’t.
    When did I figure this out? Well…
    I had to work at 12:30 one afternoon and for whatever reason my brain was telling me that I had to leave where I was at 12:30 because I worked at 1:00. I knew I worked at 12:30 but another part of me was telling me I worked at 1:00.
    It wasn’t until I was underground on the subway that those separate times connected and I internally yelled at myself. WHY DOES MY BRAIN WORK THIS WAY?! I was so confused and how was I going to explain this to my boss? “Hey, turns out I’m an IDIOT and decided I worked at a different time then I was scheduled.” No I just said there was a subway delay.

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