It’s official: I have the ADHD. As does my daughter. So far. I’ll be getting my boys tested as well at this point.
I am now on meds for my ADHD and it’s been interesting. My brain is much quieter, allowing me to focus on my tasks. I knew if would be different from my anxiety meds, but I wasn’t sure how. Anxiety impacts so many body parts, including the chest and stomach, but I knew not to look for the meds to impact how I was feeling. This med actually impacts how I think. Which is very interesting. And helpful. It’s short term, it doesn’t build up in my system, I have to take it twice a day. I’ve only been on it two days and already I’m like: skip weekends? Why?? I need to be able to function all the time! I think my work production, already fairly high, will only go up. I’m hoping it impacts my productivity in my home as well. Moving is just around the corner and I need to be able to clean out and pack up. Are my hopes too high for this med? I hope not. It’s supposed to help me focus, and that all seems on-par with being focused.
Like caffeine, the Ritalin can cause jitters and headaches and acid reflux. So no more caffeine. This is the only downside in my opinion, as caffeine lurks everywhere. But I’m trying so I don’t have heart palpitations and headaches. I’ve already ordered a dark roast decaf, as the smell and taste of coffee helps perk me up in the morning. Here’s hoping that works for me.
After much research, here is what I discovered about ADHD/ADD, some of which is not common knowledge. Also note: ADHD is genetic. So if I have it, family members be aware!
Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a neurological disorder that affects a person’s ability to focus and stay organized. It is a type of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) that is often diagnosed in adulthood. Adult ADD can cause a range of symptoms, including:
Inability to focus: Adults with ADD have difficulty paying attention to details, staying on task, and completing projects on time.
Poor organizational skills: They may struggle to manage their time, keep track of appointments, and prioritize tasks.
Forgetfulness: They may forget important dates, names, or events, and may frequently lose or misplace things.
Impulsivity: Adults with ADD may act on impulse, without thinking through the consequences of their actions.
Restlessness: They may feel constantly on edge, and may have difficulty sitting still or relaxing.
Hyperactivity: While not as common in adults as in children, some adults with ADD may experience hyperactivity, such as fidgeting or feeling the need to constantly move.
Adult ADD can be challenging to diagnose because its symptoms can overlap with other conditions such as anxiety or depression. If you suspect that you or someone you know may have adult ADD, it’s important to seek the guidance of a medical professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Medications, therapy, and lifestyle changes, such as exercise and good sleep habits, may be recommended to manage symptoms and improve quality of life.
My brother was diagnosed as “hyperactive” as a child. (ADD and ADHD were not used in the early 70s.)!He was just taken off medication in the summer, & God help me, I suffered! But he’s now my #1 supporter and one of my best friends. And professionally, he’s been wildly successful. I’m glad you have the diagnosis. Always wishing you the best!