I’ve been studying ADHD extensively and I’ve been blogging about it for some time. And now I’m blogging about it here at Psych Central. I was diagnosed one year ago, but knew the diagnosis was coming for a while.
And I’m happy about this diagnosis
Yes, I went through the “Stages of Grief” and I’ve come out the other side pretty much intact. Yes, I know that any one of those stages could reoccur and that several of them could come back to collectively bite me on the frontal lobe. But for now, I’m comfortable with my self and with my diagnosis.
Don’t get mad, get even!
Anger was the worst stage for me. And anger at the wasted years of not knowing the why’s and wherefore’s of my life with ADHD topped the list. I don’t know if I’d be farther ahead at this point if I’d had an early diagnosis, but I’m damned sure I’d have cut myself more slack, apologized less and had fewer regrets. And maybe I’d have worked harder on the underlying causes of my disappointments in life instead of repeatedly running up against the same invisible walls.
But enough about me (for now)
One thing I’m uncomfortable with is how little is known by the general public about mental health in general and ADHD in particular. The idea that mental health is a matter of not thinking correctly seems to be very prevalent. And it seems that not thinking correctly is considered the responsibility of the person who is suffering from poor mental health.
In future posts we’ll explore this stigmatization and many other interesting misconceptions. We’ll look into medication and therapy, explore books and cognitive therapy programs, we’ll even try to find the less than effective approaches to ADHD treatment that are financially driven rather than care driven.
Some fun and games
And hopefully we’ll also laugh. There is no shortage of humor among us and while I am saluting my own flag here, I like to think I’m one of the funnier ones. It’s fine if you disagree. I can take it.
I’ll also be finding things of interest online and mentioning them to you, and hoping you’ll do the same.
Last but not least
And lastly, I’ll be telling you what’s going on in my life, how it both affects and is affected by my ADHD. Some of you will be able to see yourselves in these situations and some of you will not (we are no two of us identical). And some of you may just be filing the info away for reference in case you find yourself needing it later.
Known by the company I keep
I would like to take this opportunity to say that I am honored to have my work listed among the blogs here at Psych Central. If the company one keeps speaks for quality, I have a great task ahead of me in living up to the standard set by my peers here.
And speaking of peers and interesting things online, if you haven’t been to Zoë Kessler’s blog: “ADHD from A to Zoë” here on Psych Central (and I can’t imagine why you haven’t) you owe it to yourself to check it out. Her insights and informative writings, spiced with humor and humility, wit and wisdom, are always worth reading and rereading.