Forgive me readers; it’s been five years since I last posted.
Of course, in ADHD time, that’s roughly 150 years – at least that’s how it feels.
Over that time, I’ve been working full-time as an editor and multi-media journalist for a local newspaper. After I left the paper, I spent about a year meandering on the side-trails of life (read: recovering from debilitating burnout).
I’m glad I’ve finally found my way back to the main trail – and just in time to celebrate Psych Central’s 25th anniversary, no less. It feels kind of exciting and auspicious to be making a comeback now, so I’m also celebrating the kismet of that.
Today, I’m back to freelancing, finishing my third book, and of course, re-launching ADHD from A to Zoë.
Because – guess what?
I still have ADHD.
To my new readers: welcome! I’m glad you’ve “discovered” my blog.
I hope you’re as enthusiastic as the kid who comes home from school saying, “Mom, you’ve got to listen to this sick band!” – only to share a download of Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.”
If you’re back to pick up where we left off – like Robert Plant, you’re going to find I’ve seasoned since we last saw each other. I’m older. And, hopefully, wiser. And definitely have some new stories to share. I can’t wait to share them with you!
For readers new and past, here’s a brief (re)introduction:
I was diagnosed with ADHD at 47.
Not knowing anything about it, I was pretty sure that it made me a six-year-old boy bouncing off the walls.
Except I wasn’t.
That was the stereotype of those with the diagnosis at the time. The idea of girls – much less an adult woman having ADHD – was still but a glint in a psychiatrist’s eye. Today we recognize that ADHD shows up in about a fifty-fifty split between the sexes.
As I started to learn, the fledgling information available told me girls with the disorder were mainly the “dreamy, inattentive” sub-type.
Damn. After a lifetime of ADHD pratfalls and pitfalls, I couldn’t even get ADHD “right” (or so I thought). While I could get distracted with the best of them, hyperactivity was the hallmark of my flavor of ADHD, not dreaminess.
I looked for a book that reflected my life experiences. I couldn’t find one.
So I wrote it.
In 2013, ADHD According to Zoë was published, a memoir chronicling much of what I’d learned as a late-diagnosed woman with ADHD.
Prior to the book’s release, in 2010 I started writing this blog, ADHD from A to Zoë. No way was I going to go through this journey alone! It was such a relief to meet others like me: readers who have been so generous in sharing their own insights and challenges by commenting on the many topics covered so far.
And so we have come full circle.
For those of you who are new to this blog – or who would like a refresher – here are a few recommended posts to get you started:
- ADHD Diagnostic Quiz for Women
- 10 Signs That You’re An HSP (Highly Sensitive Person)
- ADHD – The Immigrant Experience
Don’t forget to check out the extensive archives, where I explore topics like ADHD treatment, the pros and cons of “coming out” at work; time management; ADHD coaching; social awkwardness and so much more!
What’s new is I can now share experiences from the perspective of an older woman with ADHD. For example, as a late-blooming bass player, I’ve discovered there’s a world of difference between “aging rocker” and “off your rocker.”
I’m still learning about the non-ADHD majority so I can interact successfully out there in the big world without tripping over my feet (or tongue) when communicating with those who are not in the tribe.
I’m inviting you to come along for the ride, learning with me and sharing your own experience, tips, and workarounds.
I promise I’ll do my best to respond to your comments when appropriate (time allowing).
And remember: you’re not alone. You never were. Together, we can keep reminding each other that while our ADHD minds might put us in the minority, it doesn’t make us wrong, just different. Sure, some of our traits challenge us and, let’s face it – others, but some are akin to superpowers. Or can be turned into superpowers with a bit of tweaking! The trick is learning which is which; embracing and enhancing the things that work for us, and learning to manage, compensate for or minimize the stuff that trips us up.
Then I’ll see you again soon.
Can’t wait to explore and continue the journey with you, my ADHD tribe.