As some of you may know, I was diagnosed at age 12. I got diagnosed fairly early. Earlier than others have been.
As I have been learning more about ADHD, and trying to find out about other’s experience with ADHD, I have found out that there are a lot of individuals who have been diagnosed with ADHD a lot later in life than I did. In some cases, individuals were diagnosed in their 20s, 30s, or 40s.
Keeping this in mind, I feel that I have been diagnosed early. At least, I consider it this way.
Despite all the struggles that I have been through, and still go through, I am grateful that I was diagnosed when I was. I am grateful that my parents got me to go see people who were able to get me this diagnosed.
I am grateful because I’m not sure if I would have been able to finish high school or go on to and finish university. Yes, I might have been able to complete these things, but it would have been a lot more of a struggle. I know some who have had their diagnosis later in life have been able to complete high school and all, but it wasn’t always easy.
So, it’s kind of why I am grateful for getting the diagnosis when I did.
Yes, I am still trying to figure things out. Trying to figure out how to manage my symptoms, daily tasks, and all, but everyone has things to figure out in their lives. It might be different from what I’m trying to figure out, but there’s still something.
At the end of the day, I am grateful that I got my diagnosis when I did. I am grateful that my parents helped go through the process of getting my diagnosis. I am grateful that my parents start taking medication when I started grade 7.
I know not everyone agrees with medication for this. It may not help everyone. We are all different and it doesn’t work for everyone.
I am grateful for these things, as it has helped me. It has been nice to know and have an explanation.
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