*I absolutely am not trying to make light of this condition, however, my coping mechanism is humor!
As I mentioned before, I am finally able to see a light at the end of the tunnel. While I still haven’t talked to my doctor about an official diagnosis (appt next month) after doing a lot of research there is no way I DON’T have ADHD/ADD. Even talking with my brother, we have both discussed how we have most of the symptoms ADD. And I am beyond convinced my mom did too. It has been shown to be highly genetic so this makes a lot of sense.
The good news? I finally don’t feel like such a failure in life! I am surrounded by colleagues and friends who don’t seem to have the same struggles I do (but truly, what do I know about the inner workings of someone’s life and brain?) but I often compare myself to them. How are they NOT procrastinating this task? How do they stay so organized? How to do they GET organized in the first place? Why can’t I remember someone’s name? Why can’t I be a functional adult?! So understanding that it’s not just laziness but actually how my brain is wired is a relief.
Like I mentioned, after reading and doing research A) I know I am not alone and B) I am beginning to learn tactics to help reign in some of these aspects of my brain/personality. The other day, I utilized pinterest to read about organization tips. The problem? They were all titled, “Easy ways of getting organized!” “Be organized this weekend!” “Organize your whole life in 10 days!” Okay, so this is a bit of an exaggeration but honestly, these articles make no sense to me. I have read hundreds of these but they never seem to be feasible for me. Seriously, how do I even get started?!
Of course while doing this research I had a pile of laundry the size of Mount Everest just waiting for me.
I found this article on the blog, ADD Consults, Helping Women Get Unstuck and on Track. After reading a few articles, this website is going to be a huge help to me. Connecting with others who are dealing with the same issues I am while getting advice on how to cope and strategies to function better are going to be very helpful.
Maybe I will never have an official diagnosis. Maybe my doctor will think, “is there anything this woman DOESN’T diagnose herself with?!” (and maybe you are thinking this too) then I can still utilize these tips since so many of them match up with my difficulties. On the flip side, so many of them coincide with my STRENGTHS. I am able to use my resources well. I think outside of the box more often than inside. And I can always find a solution to issues that stump others. I am creative, artsy, and can see the big picture.
Anyone else dealing with adult ADHD/ADD? (I’ve read conflicting articles that say ADD as a diagnosis no longer exists and that it is all referred to as ADHD so I am still trying to figure out this one.) I would love to hear how others work to control some of the procrastination and organizing woes!