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Late Diagnosis of ADHD
Hi my name is Hannah,
I am currently in my final year of my psychology degree and I am really struggling. It feels like with all the added pressure my ADHD symptoms are at an all time high and the problem is I don’t understand them or know how to reduce them. I have a student advisor offered by my university who gives me support and keeps me on track however I sometimes feel like she’s noticing things in me that make me struggle that I can’t notice in myself or that don’t get communicated to me. As I psychologist I am very interested in my own brain functioning but the more I read about ADHD or read my diagnostic paperwork I feel like I have just been handed a load of problems with little solutions. Currently my main issues lie with increased anxiety, disorganisation, lack of motivation (despite anxiety about upcoming grades) and poor productivity.
I wasn’t diagnosed with ADHD until I was 17 and didn’t receive any support until I got to University. I feel like I am coping but my quality of life is definitely not the same as it is when I have lots of work pressure. I enjoy my degree and what I am learning and have high aspirations so to be struggling like this in my third year increases my anxiety and makes me feel a little hopeless and useless when considering my future prospects and work outcomes. I am yet to do poorly in work I hand in but I will be handing in work very soon.
Wondered if anyone had any suggestions on how they deal with work pressures.