There are some with ADHD that are able to get an early diagnosis. Some get it in their childhood. I was one of them. I was 12 when I got my diagnosis. I was able to get early on in my life.
However, it’s not the case for everyone with ADHD. Some only get their official diagnosis as adults, in their 30’s, 40’s, or 50’s.
Over the last few years, it’s something that I’ve learned. When it comes to getting our diagnosis (much like a lot of other things), we are all different and we get it at different stages in our lives for various reasons.
I didn’t realize this or think much about it, when I was a teen. I didn’t think about it, as for a long time, I was really the only person I knew with ADHD.
Over the last few years, I’ve met more people with ADHD, whether online or in person. It’s given me a chance to learn about this and so many other things.
ADHD affects us all differently, which may be a reason for a late diagnosis. Sometimes, the ADHDer doesn’t always have the right support to get the diagnosis until later. A lot times people only associate ADHD with the hyperactive boy and don’t always realize that girls/women with ADHD tend to be inattentive. Yet they are still both have ADHD.
At the end of the day, it can be a relief to get that diagnosis. It can be validating. No matter what age you get your diagnosis. It’s a good feeling to get the right diagnosis, as it does help explain a lot of things.
No matter when someone gets their diagnosis, it can be helpful in many cases. No matter when you get it.