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1) As the last day of #ADHDAwarenessMonth comes to a close, I am grateful for finding community in the #NeurodiverseSquad. I was diagnosed as a 49 year old adult. It saved my life. #ADHD
2) Throughout my childhood and until two years ago, I knew something was different about how my brain worked. It was clear that I was "smart" or "brilliant" to hear adults and others describe me... As an adult, I was told friends that I was 1 of the smartest people they knew.
3) But if you were a family member, teacher, co-worker, or boss, I was frustrating to deal with. They "knew" that I was smart, creative, capable. But they saw someone who was "disorganized", "can't prioritize", "managed time poorly"

Both sides are true.
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All right neurotypicals, you wanna know what having ADHD feels like?

Let’s talk about how hard it is to change your behavior, and what happens to self-esteem when you fail.

Have you ever decided to lose weight or exercise more?

Think about how motivated you were when you started. Maybe you bought a new workout outfit, or some tupperware to meal prep. You did research and you downloaded apps.

You were inspired and ready to go. You had a plan.
Things were going great. You pushed through the difficult parts because it was new and you were determined.

You saw progress and felt proud to see the results of your labor.
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Hi! My name is Elise and I was diagnosed with #ADHD when I was 30 years old. At first I thought I was inattentive type but over time my psych suspected more and more that I am actually combined (inattentive and hyperactive) type. Here’s my story... #ADHDAwarenessMonth
When I was 9 or 10 years old I started getting intense abdominal and pelvic pains. In 1996 I was hospitalised several times in so much pain I couldn’t attend school.
After a laparoscopic investigation and appendectomy I was told that I did not have endometriosis or fibroids or cysts and I was discharged and referred to the mental health unit. I attended the MHU as an outpatient for several months. They didn’t tell me what I ~had~.
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Ok! Let's talk about Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD)! I'm sure you've heard of ADHD, but have you heard of this common co-morbid condition? I was shocked that I hadn't even heard of it until after I was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult.

So what is RSD? #ADHDAwarenessMonth
No one likes feeling rejected, but RSD can make the smallest rejection seem ENORMOUS and CATASTROPHIC, even if the rejection is minor or merely perceived. Personally, I can tell you that it feels like getting swept up suddenly by a tidal wave.
Often you're aware that your emotional reaction is disproportionate to the slight, but the only thing you can really do about it is breathe and wait it out. The strong emotions do eventually subside--the wave recedes--but it's intense while it's there. It's common for thoughts
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It's #ADHDAwarenessMonth! There's a lot about #ADHD I didn't know until I was diagnosed, so, here are some things about it that you may or may not be aware of.
ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. There are three types: Primarily Hyperactive, Primarily Inattentive, and Combination (both hyperactive and inattentive). ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder, is now ADHD- Primarily Inattentive type.
This isn't to invalidate any ADD diagnosis! Even my psychiatrist writes it down as ADD in letters for others because it's still used commonly as a term by physicians and laymen. If you were diagnosed with ADD, it just means the official name is now ADHD-PI.
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I’m not sure what magic caused this to appear in my timeline but it gave me a nudge at a point where I really needed a nudge (or maybe a good hard shove). It also spoke to a core fear: that I’d get there and nobody would believe me. How can this be a problem now at 48?
But of course it wasn’t just now - it’s been at least since university DVD probably before. It was just never noticed because I could gut through things and was basically quiet. The more I read about ADHD, the more things made sense.
So anyway, I went in yesterday. I had bad allergies as a cover story in case I lost my nerve. But they listened to me and now I’m going back next week to see where it goes.
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Thread: I wrote this back in October for #ADHDawarenessmonth , and thought I’d share here with the new #NeurodiverseSquad I’ve found. I spent October looking for any inspiration I could find, as I was so frustrated with hating my disability and thinking so negatively about myself
I needed some inspiration after all the time spent researching the symptoms of my weirdly wired brain please share this moment with me. 🙃 Life with ADHD is a struggle in many ways, but it can also be a gift.
💡 Impulsivity can become spontaneity, sparking creativity and out-of-the-box solutions. It can also mean planning to go to Disney World for the weekend TONIGHT because you’re bored, and everything will be packed in 5 hours. I can go from 0-100 real quick when given motivation!
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Since it's #adhdawarenessmonth. Here's some facts:

ADHD is developmental disorder, like ASD. Whilst it can be comorbid with learning disorders such as dyslexia, and dyscalculia, etc, it is not a learning disorder itself. It's also not a behavioural disorder.
ADHD is classified in 3 presentations in both the DSM (4 & 5), and the ICD-10-CM and ICD-11.

Predominantly Inattentive (formerly known as ADD)
Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive
Predominantly Combined (Meaning you exhibit 5 or more symptoms from both PI and PH)
ADHD is NOT a childhood disorder. It's a developmental disorder meaning that an ADHD child will grow up to be an ADHD adult.

The percentage of children who show ADHD traits, and later grow out of them is incredibly small.
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