I have extreme and profound anxiety to the point I do not go to the supermarkets. Got worse after I had my 3 children. I finally went to a therapist and got some help. My 2nd session is in a couple of weeks. My son was Dx with AAHD. The puzzle is finally coming along. I had no idea that I could have ADD. My therapist told me that girls are often overlooked as having it in elementary schools. I just know that I have never worked up to my ability because of the overwelming nature it makes me feel. I just could not put my finger on what was wrong with me.
Do not let me get started about keeping a job for more than 2 years. I have counted over 200 jobs that I have went thru.(I'm 41) over a twenty year stretch. I just get so overwhelmed, was labeled as being lazy, and inconsistant. I do not start any big projects fear of not finishing it. I have learned to do as little as possible in life so that my anxiety did not get the best of me.
I have never worked a 80hr week. I can only do 3-4 days a week. I can work a double cause it is only being at the job for 2 days out of the week.
Because I am a loner, I pretty much kept to myself and thought this was the way I am. I did some soul searching and was honest to myself about what keeps me from enjoying life to the fullest. I have been avoiding life, furthering my education and climbing the career ladder. Pretty much a sitting duck. I am glad that my son will not have to go thru life as I have lived; I have decided to get my other 2 younger children tested for AAHD as well.
I do not officially have my Dx. of ADD but I have all the characteristics of the disorder. I recently experimented with my sons Adderall. I was able to complete simple task as laundry, shopping, cooking a meal for my family. I could never do all these things. I can clean my house, but I did not cook, I can shop and cook the meal too! Seems simple to others, but was a task that I have avoided. Thank God for supportive husbands! I can now wash the clothes and fold them up. I do small loads daily, I fold, and and put them away. It may not be on the same day but I complete the task.
I cannot tell you how refreshing it feels to be get help. I will be so happy when I am officially Dx. and Medicated!
Thanks everyone for sharing your personal experiences about this disorder.