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She also used the same studies, strategies that she had used in high school. She found herself cramming for the exams. It turned out that she ended up spending too much time with her extracurriculars and not enough time studying.
So after failing two classes in her spring semester, Carrie was asked to take an academic leave of absence from her college. She came back home and was evaluated in our program and we did in fact diagnose her with ADHD. We explained to her exactly how it was that she had managed to do fine until college and that she had managed to get by until she was in this unstructured learning environment. We spent a lot of time teaching her about adult ADHD, we started her on an ADHD medication, and she began coming for weekly cognitive behavioral trainings sessions.
Over the course of the next few months, she began to get more and more comfortable with the diagnosis and with figuring out what she needed to do to get difficult tasks done. She managed to get a job in selling tickets in local theater company and eventually she decided to take some courses in community college. She did extremely well and she really figured that she was now ready to go back to college.
She went back this past year and has done exceptionally well, getting most As and a few Bs, keeping herself very organized and able to balance the lifestyle that she wants. After so many years of researching and looking for answers and going to doctors, I started to become very clear about some of these behaviors that are existing in my world as well.
Beginning in late middle school and early high school he started experimenting with marijuana and alcohol, and eventually began to use other substances like cocaine, and finally, by the time he was finishing high school — and he barely graduated — James was using prescription opiates.
After high school he worked for a few years as a janitor, but this addiction to OxyContin got the better of him. That is why our medical history is important. Not that you deserve an answer. But the molecular-biologist in my family is hard at work on cancer treatments. Accusing of harassing strangers on the internet — coming from an ex-editor of newspapers.
I totally agree with you, when I am using the correct medications I am able to function and people do not worry about me, such as am I capable of doing things.
I really would like to find someone that can help with this problem with me that I have had since a child, and I have no problem handing over copies of my medical records if they are willing to help me, or if they would like to run some tests, or even a sleep study long as it is not many months out. Quite often I do get days mixed up, and forget to do things that I was talking about just a few minutes ago.
I also remember things 50 years ago, as exactly the same as what I did the day before. It takes a while for me many times to know when my memories happened, as I have to dig for clues such as who was president then, what kinds of computers were used at the time of the memory etc. The way I see it, keeping medications out of the hands of possible addicts is more important than the lives of many people these days, as evidenced by the number of people that are dying with chronic pain now compared to a decade and more ago.
They are forced to seek out what they can get through any means to get relief from pain, and this is because they are unable to find a doctor and a pharmacy to get the medications though a safely controlled manner. I mention this because I have chronic pain in my back due to damaged disks pushing on my spinal cord and cracked vertibre, and without strong pain medications I hurt so bad I can barely breathe and also can barely walk or even stand.
As well-meaning as the various health professionals were physicians and physical therapists, etc. It took a lot of investigation and trial and error. Pain medication can be a lifesaver. But too many people get stuck there because their pain-contributing problems are poorly understood. Especially in the areas where the opioid epidemic hit the hardest, the available jobs have steadily required more and more repetitive physical tasks.
People might be working two jobs, to make ends meet, and so sleep is curtailed as it the opportunity to exercise. The pain meds can be palliative at best. Many people with ADHD find that their chronic-pain and chronic-fatigue symptoms resolve once they start medical treatment. Another epidemic that is seldom talked about but might be as bad as or worse than the opioid-addiction crisis: Anti-anxiety medications that were never intended for chronic use.
The level of medical knowledge and treatment in this country and many others does not impress me. In fact, I find it slightly terrifying. Everyone must self-educate and self-advocate. And this is a very cruel imperative for people whose ADHD symptoms impair the very qualities needed to navigate the system: Besides I would never seem to have anxiety if more people had the brains to understand what they are being told, instead of trying to listen for some meaning between the words that is not being said.
My biggest complaint is about mistakes and people being more willing to believe lies instead of the truth. You know it is bad when hospitals hire people that write down the wrong sex for people, and refuse to write their allergies along with writing things that they take that is keeping them alive as what they are allergic to. Then have medical people that do not even know what an allergy even is.
Why hire people that are so unskilled? Not much lately, as I have been unable to work due to a criminal attack. Also learning new things is difficult with ADD, that is not what stops me the most, as I suffer a brain injury in the criminal attack as well. I guess this world is not for those that care about others anymore, as it supports criminal activities against me and others that care about others.
You know it is bad when police spend more time looking for excuses to not enforce the laws that are there to go after violent offenders, than it would take them to just file the proper paperwork.
Thankfully there are some in the state government that assist those that have been affected by crime, but far more are needed. Also I spend far too much effort trying to figure out who is trying to scam me, so now days I hardly if ever answer the phone. It would be nice if there were an easy way to block people from calling from numbers that are not in service.
Gina is a former newspaper editor. Richard is a doctor. The question is, who am I more likely to listen to? A former newspaper editor, or a doctor? Having seen a handful of doctors for my ADHD, I find that I know more about the condition than most of those doctors, and I am neither a doctor nor a former newspaper editor, but an educated person who spends a lot of time reading about those things which are in my best interest to know more about.
I find that the more I read, and the more I look for good, hard evidence that supports what folks claim, the better I am able to ascertain what is opinion, and what is fact.
Go to the data, not the opinion. Number 2 coming up. A neurologist is able to diagnose and treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD. Because neurologists are medical doctors, they can perform medical tests, verifying that your ADHD symptoms are not caused by an underlying medical condition.
They can also prescribe medications for ADHD treatment. Meg, my experience has taught me the same. What an eye-opener that was. Just because someone has an M. Do you mean get up to speed on unscientific opinions? This is the same mentality I encounter from the most vehement climate change deniers: My goal in life is to learn as much as possible about my body and brain, with the intent of creating a good life for myself.
Hopefully others will stop wasting their time as well. Look at the diagnostic criteria for ADHD and find something in there that is not normal behaviour. A long list of endorsements came from other top researchers and clinicians in the field. I congratulate you on being published.
It is quite a feat of determination, skill, and an orderly collection of thoughts approved by another. If it is evidence-based or peer-reviewed study results in a scientific journal, then the published work is even closer — but always still open to be disproven. People were saying until recently that dyslexia does not exist.
It is dated and ignorant to state there is no such thing at ADHD. Worse, it is harmful as sufferers will not be given the knowledge or tools to manage their condition, and like dyslexics of old, face a life of under achievement, low self esteem and all the misery that follows. It is ignorant to accept the following as some kind of excuse for poor behaviour. It is ignorant to think that ADHD is real, especially when you read through the diagnostic criteria.
Well Georgeegee, you sound like a troll, just trying to insight an argument, but on the off chance you are not and just hugely misguided and arrogant, please allow me to put you straight on a few things. Yet I struggled my whole life mainly as a result of coming into contact with teachers who like yourself maybe seemed to be suffering from some as yet undiscovered Humanity Deficit Uncompassionate Disorder HDUD.
Medication, smart phone alarm reminders, to do list, good diet and exercise has helped me see the error of my ways, where 3 years of having psychotherapists tell me I need to take responsibility for myself failed. Jeff, thank you for your civil and thoughtful response. You can still be a good, successful, compassionate person while taking medication. And in turn, being able to stick to better diet, exercise, and organization habits really allows us to thrive. Medication is only a piece of the puzzle.
Often it seems to me to be an arbitary set of rules that may serve dome short term purpose but can actually cause long term harm. The idea that someone should sit still for hours on end to achieve done task. From a human health point of view this is clearly wrong but from a desired behaviour point of view has massive traction both with children and adults.
A good example of this would be you are talking to me, and I fall asleep right in front of you after a long nights sleep. That is because my mind is not getting enough input fast enough to stay awake. It is not meant to be an insult to someone, but quite often taken as such. Problem with getting help for anything in the world today that involves taking medications is that too many see such people as druggies. That includes doctors and pharmacists. I adore the HDUD diagnosis — I plan to keep it in my pocket for future use, if only silently as I walk through this world.
You were able just as me to get advanced degrees, but then comes to the problem of using them in the real world, that takes another set of special skills.
I do make many mistakes when testing or even doing simple things. I can know the answer and circle the wrong thing, or I can completely miss a very important word. I admit I am a fairly good listener, but honestly sometimes when people are talking to me I have a million other thoughts running through my mind.
I have a very hard time completing tasks. One minute I have the energy to clean my entire apartment, and when I am so close to being done I just give up. Or I often start new hobbies and never actually finish doing them. I keep thinking buying a planner is going to help me. I write down the first weeks worth of tasks and never open it again. Plus no matter what, my freaking keys and phone somehow are always lost. I actually ended up washing my boyfriends phone by accident, along with my debit card about 5 times.
I avoid homework like the plague. I find many of the assignments to be a waste of my time and procrastinate them until the last minute.
I already talked about how I lose everything constantly. I do get easily distracted by irrelevant things, like that tapping someone is doing with their pencil, or the sound of a clock cant get out of my head. I do appear on the go or driven by something. I do talk a lot, but its because something that fascinates me always pops up in my head.
I do know when to bite my tongue and not answer questions before they have been completely asked out loud, but I do try to answer them before in my head. Thank you for your reply. It is only through failure for over 4 decades in spite of extreme efforts to succeed long-term with futile results did I finally concede to being professionally tested by a licensed specialist. Now, perhaps I may enjoy the successes so the rest of the world seem to enjoy with half the effort put in to their lives as I have mine.
Please, simply state that you do not have it and therefore cannot comment. Beautifully and movingly put. When I wrote that over six months ago, I was misled by an overpriced private psychiatrist into believing a rating scale could constitute a diagnosis and that is why I said it can be faked. That is because you were judged on things other than the facts stated, as too many doctors refuse to even listen to patients.
It would be great if everyone could have access to all the medications without getting approval from a doctor, and that person were held to be the only one responsible for taking something that they should not.
In otherwords the family could not sue the doctor or the pharmacist. I am going through the same things with doctors myself, and figure if I loose everything because of it, then might as well give up on life as well. As after all my well being and that of many others is not important compared to a much smaller number of people that actually abuse drugs so they can fry their brains. When someone does not see things properly that are directly in front of them, what else could it be?
When suffering from it, you would know. It is talking to someone and while they are speaking your mind does not hear what they are saying, but instead is thinking about something else.
It is the ultimate of distractions. Dyslexia is real as well, and I know what it is like. I am quite often confused because I see words in front of me that are not there. And by the way as someone who has a little experience in this area, whoever said that dyslexia, or whatever it was previously called before say , did not exist? If you are a dyslexic, do not confuse that condition with those all in the minds ramblings which would respond well to the BWSDS treatment plus exposure to real problems.
I refer you to my previous comment. So which is it stupidity or laziness? I finally got diagnosed when I took myself for a test at university. In the meantime I had about 20 years of misery. I see very little difference between my teacher and you. Dyslexia was identified as from I made that perfectly clear in my original comment.
A bigot, incidently isone who disregards reason. As for depression, very rare in people who have real problems such as war, decease and starvation. I am still waiting to see a specialist in order to get an official diagnosis for ADD, having been referred by my doctor.
I was bullied by my peers and disliked by the majority of my teachers. I had problems forming friendships. I was a regular in detention, mainly for failing to do homework and later on for repeatedly getting caught smoking in the school toilets and then for bunking off school.
Now I was scared of my father. He was a bully and not a very pleasant man. To summarise the rest of my childhood — self-harm and solvent abuse. Fast forward to now. During my access course I was found to have dyscalculia and some seven months ago, it was brought to my attention that I might have ADD. Take a step into my head. The more I try to concentrate on the task in hand, the more my brain tunes in to external stimuli. Reading a book is another challenge.
I have to use a program to block distracting websites during the day because I lack the self-control necessary to avoid these when I need to be using the computer for uni work. These are just some examples. There are many others that affect my relationships with people, with money, with my physical health and my self-esteem. What a blessed relief to realise that I might have a condition.
That the symptoms of this condition can be alleviated with medication. I can now ask for support from my lecturers and for allowances to be made, like being allowed to take a break whenever I need during long practicals and sitting exams in a room on my own. Thanks to her support, my grades are averaging an upper second. If you got this far, I thank you for your patience. It just disheartens me when folk question the validity of a condition solely on the basis that the mechanics of it are not yet fully understood.
You have taken the usual route of going to a college or university of some sort and placing yourself in the hands of professionals who will be only too happy to continue to look after you as has ineffectively been done for some time now. All very difficult I agree.
The option of joining a good charity and going of to Angola or Benin or some such has probably passed. All I can suggest is that when you do finish your course, go out into the big bad world, even some of the dodgy parts of it and see what life is like there?
Have you always been this patronising or is it something that has flourished in the wake of your sanctimoniousness? I wish you best of luck to you with your journey. Thank you for writing it too. People need to learn the harm they might do to the life of a person with ADHD if they ignore or deny it. I have found going to a support group has made me realise that your and my experience is far from uncommon. I was a cycle courier in London for four years and I enjoyed being on the bike with my random thoughts.
I miss it but the stress was starting to get to me. It was the people I had to deal with on a day-to-day basis rather than the job. Thanks for your share. Sounds like the world really must be flat and we all need to just stop this nonsense.
Right this very minute! May I remind you that the editorial piece is trying to discount decades of double blind experiments written up in peer reviewed journals.
Please resist any urge to apply your treatment, they may not be in as good a place as myself. Then if you still feel we are mostly just [insert your favourite pejorative term here] then please feel free to return to your trolling activities.
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