ADHD at 31: The Diagnosis Process


If you have been following along.  Earlier this year we learned that our youngest son was both Autistic and ADHD.  

We also learned that both ADHD and Autism are extremely genetic.  And most likely passed along by the father.  

I decided to leave it be.  I’m 31 now and if I wasn’t diagnosed when I was younger there was no way I had either of them.  

But while doing research about ADHD for Liam I recognized alot of the symptoms as things I struggled with every day

  • Inability to sit/stand still
  • Inability to focus in conversation
  • Starting something and not finishing
  • Focusing too intensly on certain subjects
  • Saying or doing things without thinking
  • On the go, driven by an internal motor.  

I also learned that ADHD is the most reseached mental illness in the world.  It’s also the most treatable, also the most misunderstood, and also the most ignored.  

I will cover what really goes on in the ADHD brain in another episode.  

I mentioned some of my thoughts to my primary doctor during an annual check-up.  

And he suggested we do a simple screening.  

After the simple question and answer session he said that he strongly suggested that we move forward.  

He explained that getting diagnosed with ADHD is easy when you are a child.  Very difficult as an adult.  

He wasn’t kidding.  I had 7 sessions with a pyschological specialist before he was confident it was ADHD.  

The first couple sessions were just basic interviews.  He asked my about my childhood, home life, work life etc.  The second time I remembered to write some stuff down.  I always tend to clam up and forget what I want to say.

Then it was three trials of computer testing.  Where it tested me for attention deficit, hyperactivity, and impulsively. 

Then it was on to written testing where we dove deeper into my past and daily life.  

Then at the end he was ready to give his diagnosis.  

Now it’s up to myself and my primary where to go from here.  

 There’s a lot of emotions that come out when you are diagnosed as an adult. 

All the “what ifs”.  Would my life be different if I had known earlier?  

Right now.  I’m just glad to have a better understanding about myself and ADHD in general.  

Stay tuned for more

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Author: billshappinessproject

I was near the end of 2016 when I realized that my life was totally out of balance. I was 30 and I was working my life away. I did not have strong relationships with my wife, family, or friends. It was around this time that I came across THE HAPPINESS PROJECT by Gretchen Rubin. It was then that I decided to launch my own year long project towards personal happiness for the entire year of 2017.

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