November 9, 2021


by: admin


Tags: ADHD, Diagnosis, Late, story


Categories: adhd

My ADHD Story of Late Analysis

My identical twin sister was diagnosed with ADHD about a year ago in the United States. I was living in the UK at the time. My first thought was, “Come on, they’re distributing diagnoses left, right, and in the US.” I didn’t believe it. It certainly never crossed my mind that I could have it too.

When I started listening to podcasts about ADHD and what it was like in women, everything about my own life started to make sense. I found answers to questions I had asked myself all my life, such as, “Why am I so good at difficult things but confused by everyday things like scheduling a doctor’s appointment or speaking without the distraction?” That’s when I decided to have a check-up and finally got my diagnosis.

For me as an entrepreneur, ADHD is both a blessing and a curse. I am a writer, content creator and yoga teacher. Like many with ADHD, I have an inexhaustible pool of ideas, but it is frustrating when these ideas are not implemented because I am a one-woman company and do everything myself.

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My negative dysphoria also means that I have the urge to make everyone happy. I’ve learned that I’ll never please everyone – and if I do, it means I probably won’t please myself. This experience has enabled me to practice distance – an element in yoga called aparigraha – thereby detaching my ego from others’ assumptions about me and the nameplates they might use to describe me.

Since my diagnosis, I have allowed myself to focus on what I am good at and ask for help with the things I am not good at. I have more compassion for myself, and that makes me feel more compassionate for others.

My advice to live well with ADHD? Talk to other people with ADHD, join groups, listen to podcasts, read books, and anything else that educates you about the ADHD experience. I have found that ADHD is not a “overcome” problem. It means I have a wonderfully quirky brain that just works differently. Understanding the individual and unique way ADHD shows up in my life is key to making it my superpower.

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