I Have Adult Adhd

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 1,397 People

    Oh God, I'm going to lose my job.

    i feel like such a **** up.i can't do anything right. I have/to get a pcp to give me meds to be "normal" but no i procrastinated that too.my heart is crying. my whole life is ****** up right now. God please help me! !
    Glitterpoo Glitterpoo
    Dec 16, 2015

    ADHD I'm not dumb or lazy

    Most of my life I've felt like I was dumb and lazy.  I am 40 yrs old and married with 3 children. My husband and I have often gotten into fights about my in-ability to keep the house clean and remember appiontments. I beat myself up and wonder why these simple tasks are so...
    3gymnasts 3gymnasts
    36-40, F
    31 Responses Mar 29, 2010

    It was secret Methamphetamine addiction.

    My girlfriend, whom I posted about 3 or 4 down from this, who bankrupt my business. She is denying it, even yesterday with eyes like O.O and unable to even sit down. I'm not going to say "she did this" or "she did that" - anyone who has had an addiction knows the addiction lies...
    alcudia2011 alcudia2011
    41-45, M
    Jul 24, 2015

    While I suspected having ADHD

    for many years, it wasn't until about 5 years ago that I was diagnosed by a professional. I believe things could have been different if I had gotten help sooner. Meds don't work for me, as I am very susceptible to the side effects of stimulants. I was also prescribed anti...
    BizSuitStacy BizSuitStacy
    51-55, T
    2 Responses Nov 30, 2015

    I was prescribed Ritalin

    or Dexedrine back in the 80's to give anti-depressant a boost. I've been taking them off and on since. More on then off. The regulations on controlled substances are much tougher now, so my doctor added the ADHD diagnosis so he can continue prescribing them. Depression effects...
    jameson939 jameson939
    56-60, M
    2 Responses Jan 22

    Adhd Is Driving Me To Depression

    I get bored with things so easily. One day I'm really passionate and excited about something, the next I am just drained thinking about it. I love new challenges and opportunities. There are times when I think I'm really smart and innovative, but those are...
    itgirlwannabe itgirlwannabe
    22-25, F
    14 Responses Nov 18, 2009

    I'm going to my Doctor

    for a check up today and I'm going to ask him about ADHD. I am sure I have it, which is why I'm on here. This is the first time in my life when I can read someone's story and mildly tear up because it applies to me so much. My worry is that he, just like my parents are going to...
    Tyler7sea Tyler7sea
    26-30, M
    3 Responses Mar 30, 2015

    I started an Adult ADHD page on AnswerMug.

    deleted deleted
    Apr 8

    I Can't Get It Out!!!

    As many of you know I have ADHD as well as damage from a brain injury, and possibly asperger's syndrome. So here I am now to vent again at my frustration at the lack of understanding.... I'll say one thing, or, I think I've said one thing, only to find out later that I was...
    ScatteredGrapes ScatteredGrapes
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Aug 21, 2012

    Or bi polar. My Girlfriend almost certainly has

    AADHD very badly but unbelievably no one worked this out - I only worked out that my BI POLAR diagnosis was probably equally likely to be AADHD this week. I say unbelievably because she bankrupt my business over the last year in about 1000 separate catastrophes. Only 2 days...
    alcudia2011 alcudia2011
    41-45, M
    4 Responses May 24, 2015

    This is quite serious issue

    that many are not aware they have it, ADHD or ADD. Attention deficit disorder often goes unrecognized throughout childhood. This was especially common in the past, when very few people were aware of ADD/ADHD. Instead of recognizing your symptoms and identifying the real issue...
    DarknessDepth DarknessDepth
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Feb 18

    A day off Amphetamine is like a full day of the

    nausea one feels after the first 30 mins of taking it.
    Tyler7sea Tyler7sea
    26-30, M
    Apr 10, 2015

    I can't concentrate on anything

    for more than ten minutes unless I m on a plane. I hate sitting still and that's bad for my career because my job requires me to sit still and focus on the task. My boss noticed I have this problem too I just dunno what to do about it
    thousandcuts thousandcuts
    26-30, F
    Sep 12, 2015

    Clutter. Disorder. Chaos.

    My mind bounces off it all like a rubber ball, no place to rest. I have two choices. 1. Start cleaning like a mad woman, or 2. Shut my mind down. At home it's easy. It's mine to do with as I please or not. At my mothers house .... oh God, help. I visit my mom every...
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Mar 16

    I was diagnosed ADHD in my late 20s

    and up until now I thought I was managing it pretty well. Aside from the fact I can't keep a checkbook to save my life, and the least little thing will distract me in a heartbeat. But after 20 years a couple years ago I decided to go back to school and I've always SUCKED at math...
    Blackangel Blackangel
    46-50, F
    Oct 16, 2015

    I don't connect the dots of real,

    all my world is feel, all my world is right now, or on the edge of perception of what might be. Concepts of everyday are mostly ghostly thoughts on the edges of remember to remember there is a reality to which i am a member. When on my own left to my devices my mind spreads...
    Lilithlives Lilithlives
    46-50, M
    Mar 30

    I think. Wait, I have to grab my Mac

    and cheese from microwave. Do you like Oprah? I think I've eaten 1600 calories today. I need to paint my nails again. When is that class at the gym again? Time to tweet! I'm hungry. I should probably get back to work.... Repeat the above with a slightly different variety. I'm...
    girlfromhere girlfromhere
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Dec 10, 2013

    Hey for a good laugh

    and if you're wondering if anybody understands you check out "BuzzFeed" 25 problems only people with adhd understand.
    Lilithlives Lilithlives
    46-50, M
    Aug 14, 2015

    I have ADHD and I was prescribed Adderall.

    I didn't have health insurance so I got the generic kind. I've never had legit Adderall. Anyway, I started taking it last year, but I feel as if this drug is hit or miss. In the beginning it was my saving grace, now I swear to god it's making me manic. I was so upset with how I...
    LoveJennaXo LoveJennaXo
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Dec 19, 2014

    Fear And Fustration .

    ....................... So for the last day or two I've really been in a flustered state. And I think it's all coming from the fear that my ADHD meds are not strong enough, or that the side effect we'll cause a worse divide in my marriage than the ADHD, or that they are going to...
    Tyler7sea Tyler7sea
    26-30, M
    1 Response Apr 2, 2015

    Day Two on Amphetamine Salt Combo.

    Yesterday I was really concerned with understanding the difference between meds.(Adderall vs generic U29 Amphetamine Salt Combo) Today I have a bit more understand and am content and thankful for what I do have. After a long and drawn out conversation with my insurance provide...
    Tyler7sea Tyler7sea
    26-30, M
    1 Response Apr 1, 2015

    A Whole Different Definition Of 'Normal'

    So a few years ago, my wife drug me, kicking and screaming to see a marriage counselor to discuss how we should best deal with my teenage son from my first marriage. We went to see the counselor every other week for a couple of months and were really able to come up with some...
    edwerz edwerz
    51-55, M
    3 Responses Oct 2, 2013

    I have found a new Helper!

    Dr Russell Barkley is the nation's leading ADHD researcher. If you haven't read any of his books, you should. But here's the hard part: the books are pretty dense and hard to read. He writes primarily for other researchers and clinicians. Barkley is definitely not a pop...
    icDavey icDavey
    61-65, M
    1 Response Feb 22, 2014

    I was diagnose in my mid- 20's

    and I struggled in college trying to focus in class to trying to studying at home. I always felt like a outcast everywhere I went and people made fun of me because I was different . The doctors put me adderall,but it makes you feel like a robot. I'm not the same person anymore...
    whitster01 whitster01
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Feb 7, 2015

    This ADD has just been driving me mad.

    I cannot begin to explain how much it depresses me that I just can't have a normally functioning brain with a sane mind. Is it too much to ask for to be able to focus on something? To be completely attentive? To not get distracted by unimportant stimuli in my surroundings? I...
    psychedelicblues psychedelicblues
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Dec 18, 2014
    marques30s marques30s
    31-35, M
    1 Response Oct 13, 2015

    Love And Marriage With An Adhd Husband (me)

    A disclaimer to start: this may be really long and drawn out but if you are a husband with ADHD or a wife that is married to ADD'er "stay focused" and try to get through this. It could save your marriage. I'll start with a little background. I'm 39 years old and have been...
    Youratthetopofmylist Youratthetopofmylist
    36-40, M
    3 Responses Dec 19, 2011

    I am going to the doctor on Monday to discuss

    the possibility of having ADD. I have discussed this possibility with friend/co workers and my partner and have received mixed reviews...i know that this is a real issue and i am aware of stigmas and the way that its not a a good feeling if people say or assume that they have a...
    backagainV backagainV
    26-30, F
    1 Response Nov 19, 2015

    Why Didn't Anyone Catch This Years Ago?

    The title pretty much says it all. I'm a 41 year old woman with a history of severe depression, learning disabilities, unstable relationships, a really dismal academic record and a generally screwed up life. That all changed back in June when I put the pieces together and asked...
    hpcatfish hpcatfish
    41-45, F
    9 Responses Aug 14, 2011

    I have adult ADHD. So ADHD never bothered me

    until I got older. All this BS about you can only have ADHD if you show signs of it as a child and it gets less prominent as an adult ****** me off. That stigma made it that much harder for me to be diagnosed and recieve the treatment I needed. I was not diagnosed with ADHD...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Dec 12, 2015

    I'm looking : For any adults

    who have adhd and if you experience other people getting frustrated with you. Why are they frustrated? My problem , the biggest one is taking too long to do anything and everything. Also I'm horrible getting back to people when they call. What about you?
    deleted deleted
    9 Responses Dec 22, 2015

    And Maybe Asperger's Too.

    In all honesty I don't get why they say someone has adult ADHD. I've had it all my life. When a person has juvenile diabetes (type 1 diabetes) it's called that all their lives, the name doesn't change when they become and adult. Same for ADHD. It will be there my entire life, so...
    ScatteredGrapes ScatteredGrapes
    41-45, F
    4 Responses Aug 13, 2012

    to be honest I have Attention Deficit Disorder

    (ADD) but its all put under the same category anyway. I've known that I've had ADD for a long time, since I was little. but when I got into high school I stopped taking my medication. and when I got into college I realized what a mistake that was. I had to go through a re...
    HealingMyHeart HealingMyHeart
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Dec 23, 2014

    I never knew I had it

    until about 5 years ago. I have the attention deficit part of it. I am on meds, but it still causes problems for me at work (teacher) and in my relationships (fiancé). The biggest issue is that I rarely manage to get to all of the things I say I will do, be it chores, outings...
    Whipp77 Whipp77
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Jun 13, 2015

    I Can't Believe This...

    I have a professor in a class where I was paying attention to everything else, and mistakingly left some mess out. She then wrote on my grade that I was lazy...I'm sorry but I can't really help that! It's when I realized that it's not just affecting my schoolwork, but how people...
    imstuckinhere imstuckinhere
    4 Responses Nov 25, 2008

    Just Got Diagnosed With Adhd

    I just got diagnosed with ADHD. Sure I've suspected it for some time, I've always been very distracted, I'm way to easily bore, I'm an adrenaline junky. I loose my keys and phone fifty times a day. I hate sitting still and sitting through lectures in school is pain. I always have...
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Feb 4, 2013

    I can't do most of the things

    that I like because I resist doing anything that requires sustained mental effort. As much as love reading, it is the hardest thing in the world for me to do. I also like meditating but it is so difficult with adhd
    ekatt123 ekatt123
    18-21, M
    3 Responses Nov 15, 2015

    I always on the go, once they order me to do

    something before finishing d sentence, im long gone, usually they have to shout to stop me, I was quite easily distracted by phone ringing. once in operating theater, d phone ring, in split second I turn toward d phone.and saw her staring at me.. I turn back telling myself I'm...
    fallenangle fallenangle
    Sep 5, 2015

    Starting a project is a challenge;

    but stopping it is an even bigger challenge.
    SailorsAngel SailorsAngel
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Mar 29, 2015

    Not really. But I want to be diagnosed soon,

    as I believe I have it. You see, all my life I've struggled to live normally. I failed. A lot of people dislike me because I am. . . lazy, irresponsible, indifferent, weird, clumsy, retarded. At least that's what people say. I'm not the hyperactive, talkative, can't sit in one...
    deeplydull deeplydull
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jan 26, 2015
    deleted deleted
    Mar 6

    I was diagnosed in March of 2015 with

    Inattentive Adult ADD. I had never been diagnosed with ADHD before, but with the diagnosis a lot of things made more sense. I was in therapy and on meds for a while, but I no longer have to money to get those things anymore. I'm trying to figure out how to cope without those...
    eawilli eawilli
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Jan 3

    What a Life of Suffering for ADHD Sufferer

    Having an ADHD makes everything hard. It impacts every area of your life. It is also very hard to diagnose even for the professional, let alone yourself. Some ppl can suffer years without knowing what's going on. I did graduate with an honor degree in Actuarial science though...
    Excellency Excellency
    26-30, M
    8 Responses Nov 25, 2011

    I've finally been diagnosed,

    and I wonder what the first medication they put me on will be. I did the classic check-the-box quiz and I scored quite high. My husband did the same quiz to see what his perception of my habits were and it was higher. There are so many stimulant medications out there, what's...
    appalachiancoyote appalachiancoyote
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Jul 14, 2015

    Now That I Understand It, I Don't Know If I'd Change It

    There are a lot of sad stories about what undiagnosed ADHD has done to people's lives.  This isn't one of them.  I was lucky.  Blessed with high intelligence, I was able to cram for the exams the night before and pull off high marks.  Even though I procrastinated and got...
    Glad2Chat Glad2Chat
    10 Responses Jul 16, 2011

    Day one on What I think is Adderall.

    So I talked to my Doctor today about my ADHD and he agreed that medication would help. He prescribed me ADDERALL 15mg. But CVS gave me a pill called U29 is this the same thing? I will say on a GOOD note that its calmed me down LOTS. I feel very level and that's cool. At first I...
    Tyler7sea Tyler7sea
    26-30, M
    3 Responses Mar 31, 2015

    To Hell With This Research Paper!!!

    It is not fun when I always get stuck doing a research paper at the last minute and I can't focus. I'm not dumb, I write good papers and I've managed to remain a straight A student even in university, but I can't focus for the life of me. I have been trying to get meds. This is...
    hypnotika hypnotika
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Nov 25, 2013

    "Surprise, You're Older and You Have Adhd"

    Those were the very words of my psychiatrist one year ago. I responded by laughing because I wasn't surprised one bit. I found it funny that not one shrink had diagnosed me for something that I struggled with. It was the root problem under the compulsiveness and anxiety driven...
    smartiecats smartiecats
    15 Responses Jun 8, 2008

    If They Understood Back Then...

    Here's my ADHD story....Currently, I'm 44 and was "officially" diagnosed with Adult ADD about 8 years ago. I tried different MEDs until the clear best choice was Concerta. I also have borderline bi-polar/mood disorder so I take a very small dose of Lamictal here and there...
    TheDays TheDays
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Sep 13, 2013

    My Adhd Hell

    Hi i have always been different and now,thanks to the love of my life.I now know why,i was always called lazy or stupid when i was child and i just created a fantasy world to retreat from the pressures of the real world.I have always been a impulse spender of money and now i am...
    wotaloser wotaloser
    36-40, M
    8 Responses Mar 23, 2011

    I have a terrible ADHD.

    My name is Handa who is a Japanese. Anyways, l was diagnosed with an ADHD and now my parents have been bullying me.Especially my father bullies me that I'm an ADHD and depression and has been saying don't be a fool and don't act like a disorder and he punched me today that I...
    Skutaro2 Skutaro2
    22-25, M
    1 Response Nov 4, 2015

    I have ADHD and everyone else can just deal

    with it. I do not take any medication for it and I will tell you why. I can live an almost normal life without it. I with much effort I can focus on things, such as college lectures or tasks at work. The ADHD really comes out when my over talkativeness and distractibility comes...
    cherrypie54552 cherrypie54552
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Aug 11, 2015
More Stories