Over the next couple weeks, I am going to give the world a glimpse into the realities of individuals living with ADHD. In the ADDer World Community, we have wonderful, real life people, with ADHD, discussing and sharing their realities in regard to living with ADHD and much, much more. Here’s the first post from a Member of ADDer World who answered the question which I posted:
“What does ADHD mean to you personally?”
Hi my name is … and I am an adult with ADD. I have had ADD and been diagnosed, believe it or not, since 1st grade, I am now 35. I am and have been extremely successful in my journey with ADD. I was a little slower initially in school, but thankfully my mother was very realistic, and held me back in 1st grade. The best decision anyone could have ever made for me. I continued to be extremely successful in school graduating at the top of my class in high school and college. I have an enormous amount of energy and a personality that most would die for. Throughout my life, I was able to direct my ADD energy to athletics. I was a cheerleader at the University of Georgia, and loved every minute of it. I am an over achiever and always are trying to compensate for the path God has chosen for me. I have two beautiful little girls, an awesome husband and obviously and adorable bulldog to complete my life. Currently, I have had a lot of problems with my ADD. I don’t know if it is the age, or lack of exercise, but life with adult ADD has been more difficult than as a child. I have just been put on Adderall and Wellbutrin, and I am still questioning myself as to why? I have gone so many years without medication. It has only been a week and I am not sure this is the right route for me. I was on paxil for 7years, a quick fix when I was in law school and had a six month old baby. Now, I have to face the music, and it has been a very difficult four weeks without the paxil. I am only hoping that the SSRI withdrawal will eventually go away. I figure that I have lived with ADD for 35 years and need to overcome this mile stone. I am determined to defeat this withdrawal, but life is not easy right now. On a personal level ADD has been the push I needed to become successful.
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