I had no idea I had ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) until around 8 months ago, but being diagnosed has changed my life. I’ve managed my whole life without knowing, I always did well in school and I made it through my University degree with a 3.3 GPA. I’m also nothing like what the average person thinks of when you imagine someone with ADHD--I’m not a hyperactive little boy that can’t stop squirming, acts out from time to time and hates school. Consequently, my specific type of ADHD and how I present is why I managed to make it this long without being diagnosed. Like most women and girls, I present with the inattentive symptoms like daydreaming, forgetting where I put things, and frequent spacey-ness. It’s also important to note that women and girls are socialized to be able to mask it better. Unfortunately, when we’re not able to mask them, we’re told that our ADHD symptoms are actually character flaws.
Before I get into my personal journey with ADHD, I want to go over some of the basics of what it means to have ADHD and dispel some common myths.