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Putting ADHD in Focus with an Unexpected Diagnosis

Hi all, and thanks so much for reading.  I have to say when I first thought about writing this — I thought NO WAY would I be able to handle it! Write about ADHD on a weekly basis, multiple times a week, when I already have way too much on my plate?

But then I thought it would be good for me, you, and I had a lot to share about the subject. So I am going to try to do it — and tell you how I do it, so this blog in itself will be a learning tool for the both of us.  It got off to a bit of a rocky start as I already lost the password to my blog account, so I had to retrieve my password already!

TIP: Keep an excel spreadsheet with all your passwords, and try to make the most complicated password you can that works across all formatting requirements (i.e. 6 letters, one number, and 2 symbols or 5 letters, one number, one cap, one symbol, etc.), and use the same one!

First off, I was not diagnosed with ADHD until I was 36/37.  This simply amazes me.  I have an undergraduate degree in psychology, a master’s degree, my mom was a school psychologist (is brilliant!), I run a nonprofit for depression, yet I did not even recognize it in myself.  It is both a blessing and a curse.

It is all obvious now. Just yesterday I took the ADHD quiz here on Psych Central — and I got this picture:

If I didn’t want to laugh, I think I would have to cry and never stop.  I have seemed to make a bit of a mess of my life (we will get into that later), but at least now I know at least part of the reason why, and can do something productive about it.

So first off — if you think you might have ADHD or someone you know, get help. The symptoms of ADHD can mask / are comorbid with other diseases, so never rule it out.  I can’t tell you how many people I have met who have children they are trying to ‘get under control’ who have never even been tested.

My hope in this blog is to get a discussion going around ADHD — to share with you my trials and tribulations, how you can turn your life around at any age, coping strategies for the disease, and challenge myself to see if, practically, I can manage to keep up on this post!

It would have been much easier had I known this from an early age, but we live and learn. Hopefully, by sharing people will start to understand it better, and get help earlier rather than later.  Where there is help, there is hope.

So start by taking the ADHD quiz, or sending the quiz to others that might benefit from taking it. And then start with going to see a doctor or therapist. It will change your life in ways you have never imagined.

Putting ADHD in Focus with an Unexpected Diagnosis

Kathryn Goetzke

I own a company called the Mood-factory (, a company that creates products based on how sensory experiences effect moods. I also run a nonprofit for depressio, iFred (, we are working to change the brand of depression. And yes, I have ADHD, along with PTSD, major depressive disorder, and a host of other challenges, opportunities, and gifts.

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Goetzke, K. (2010). Putting ADHD in Focus with an Unexpected Diagnosis. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 4, 2020, from


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