If you’re getting diagnosed with ADHD because you want some answers, well, you just might get them. But if you do, they’re going to come with twice as many new questions.
Being newly diagnosed with ADHD is an exciting time. Things that didn’t make sense before start to make sense. But part of this process of gaining insight into ADHD is about questioning the assumptions you’d made about your life. This psychological adjustment involves working through a lot of questions.
Here are some common questions that follow an ADHD diagnosis. I’m not even going to attempt to answer them because addressing any one of them in the detail it deserves would take an entire post of its own.
- Why didn’t I find out sooner?
- How would my life have been different if I had been diagnosed sooner?
- Who should I tell?
- Should I take medication?
- What if this is all a big misunderstanding and I’m actually just really lazy?
- Does ADHD really exist?
- What would my life be like if I didn’t have ADHD?
- You mean these things aren’t all just normal?
- Do I have a disability?
- Which of these things are symptoms of ADHD and which are just quirks of my personality? Is there even a difference?
- Are there any advantages to having ADHD?
- Does X person also have ADHD?
- How do I explain this to people who don’t know what ADHD is?
- Why are there so many misconceptions around ADHD?
- What changes in my life do I make now?
Of course, there are plenty of other questions people might ask themselves after being diagnosed with ADHD. If you can think of some, or if you have any thoughts on the questions above, please share below!
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