2 thoughts on “When Someone Doesn’t Want to Believe You Have ADHD

  • November 13, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    How sad. I am a 58 yr. Young very productive woman. It’s been a struggle though. Growing up, my mother would take me to psychologists because she ” just couldn’t control me”
    I’d hear things like she doesn’t pay attention, won’t sit still, shes always into something, and the worst ( which people closest to me still say) YOU DONT LISTEN!!
    After the age if about 45, I finally got the diagnosis that I had ADHD, Bipolor & PSTD.
    I take MYSELF to therapy now. Not so much for my diagnostic issues, but to UNDO all the damage as a child I was told.
    I’ve had to learn to love myself, that I am worthy, and that I was not the cause of some family issues that was told to me.
    I was a child with ADHD and now an adult still with it..
    I’ve learned how to deal with this through medication, meditation, talk therapy, yoga and any other kind of mindfulness classes or books I can.
    The hardest part is going back in time to heal that little child that was always ” in trouble”. I left home at a very early age because I didn’t want Mom to hurt anymore from my behavior.
    My mother passed years ago at an early age of 60.
    I don’t even know now though, if she’d understand. But that’s ok, because I’ve forgiven, hold no resentments and continue to work on positive life influences.
    I only hope parents and teachers are aware of this, and the damage that can be done in the child through adult.

    • November 14, 2018 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks very much for sharing your experiences, Julie. I think a lot of people will find that insightful to read — you’re absolutely right that the psychological baggage of growing up with ADHD that’s not diagnosed or even understood takes a lifetime to untangle. It sounds like you’re countering that with acceptance, positivity and knowledge, which is inspiring and I think is the best way to do it.


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