I Have ADHD

I have ADHD.

I suspected as much for a long time, though it took me years to get a diagnosis. This is partly because I could so easily talk myself into believing that I was just looking for excuses for my lazy, slothful, incompetent nature. And it is partly because every time I screwed up the courage to ask a doctor about it, I was not taken seriously. It took a degree of upheaval in my life that I can’t exactly recommend to anyone else for me to finally insist that my psychiatrist treat me for ADHD, even if he didn’t believe it was really a thing.

It is really a thing.

That was two years ago, and I’ve since been taking 80 mg daily of Strattera, a non-stimulant medication for ADHD that anecdotal evidence suggests works for something like half a percent of people with ADHD. Fortunately, I am one of them.

Medication has helped, a lot, but it’s not what has turned my life around.

What has turned my life around is finding a tribe.

I stumbled onto my tribe recently, by accident. On Twitter I came across @danidonovan, a young woman who is changing lives with bittersweet comics about life with ADHD which has created a completely different sort of “me too” movement with the #NeuroDiverseSquad. She’s amazing, you should definitely check her out.

And through Dani I stumbled onto Jessica McCabe, and her YouTube channel How to ADHD, and I spent a whole afternoon watching her videos with tears of gratitude streaming down my face. If you or your kids have ADHD, run don’t walk to How to ADHD.

And then I went down a YouTube hyperfocus rabbit hole and when I came back up I had put together all the pieces of a life-puzzle that has plagued me for over three decades.

For real, that’s what finding your tribe can do.

Also, I’m starting a YouTube channel a week from tomorrow. Please do check it out.

Who is your tribe? Have you found them yet? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow.

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