About the late onset in ADHD, thanks everyone for the answers!
It’s very helpful to me to know about your opinions and experiences, knowing that ADHD can be diagnosed late now I can consider more seriously about going to a doctor, I really would like to find a solution to these problems I’m having.
The reasonable thing for me to do as you said would be to talk with my dad or my sister and wait for them to posing about seeing a doctor, but it’s not as simple as that for me really :/ My dad lives very far away, I really don’t feel comfortable talking with him and as I know he always had a big denial about his ADHD and he never wanted to take the medication, or not even that my sister take it; I could talk it with my sister, but her ADHD it’s kinda of tabu in my house also, besides, I talk a lot with her and she knows that I’m not doing well in school and everything, I really don’t know if she would say something if she ever thought about the posibility that I have ADHD, and if she didn’t, I really don’t know how she would react if I tell her. I’m afraid that they take it as a tasteless joke or something, it’s a very delicate theme in my house, and come up with it would cause a lot of quarreling if they don’t take it as a joke; And as you said it could be just a mild depression or something.
The scholar year is already finishing, I think that I’ll wait to see if something changes next year, and if it doesn’t I would propose to my mom the idea. Again, thank you very much to everyone for sharing your experiences and answering my question, as I said they were very helpful and comprehensie of your part :-) I may not do something about it by now, but if nothing changes in the long term, now I know that ADHD could be an option.
Another for the late presenting question
I know someone has already addressed this, but I wanted to share as well. I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 19, during the summer after my freshmen year in college. Looking back, however, I would say that my symptoms really started to present when I was around 14 or 15, so close to the age you are now. My biggest problem, in terms of not being diagnosed, was that I didn’t want to admit there might be something wrong, or that I was struggling as much as I was. Instead I overcompensated and figured out a lot of tricks to get my schoolwork done. I didn’t do as well as I could have, but my grades were above average so no one was too concerned. It was like I was running a marathon and keeping up with the other runners, except I was going up a steep hill and they were on flat ground. So what does this have to do with your question? Not much, I’ll admit, other than reassurance that you aren’t alone.
But here’s the part where I answer the question. I don’t have any numbers or statistics about how many people present late. But I do know that it happens. I also know that, regardless of the age it starts to present, if you have ADHD, you have always had ADHD. I have always had ADHD. At some point you may realize, like I have, that even when you were a little kid there were signs there. But depending on your environment, or the work you did in elementary/middle school classes, or the types of symptoms you have, it is completely possible that it hasn’t started to become a problem until now. And, as you said, it is possible that what you’re experiencing is normal. But maybe not. And I would strongly urge you to find out for sure. If you have it, I can’t begin to describe how much better your life (especially the next few years) will be, if you know what’s wrong and how to fix it.
To anon asking about late onset of ADHD
This actually does happen to some people. It could be that you’ve always had some symptoms but they never caused you any problems until now- as a teen, you have to juggle a lot of things around in life; things get more complicated academically, socially, and emotionally; and you are busy in general. The usual case is that someone has always had some symptoms but because their environment was either not very challenging to them growing up or because the overall severity of their ADHD was low, problems don’t begin to show up until later in life.
I myself was diagnosed this summer because I was having a terrible time paying attention in class and even just sitting through class. I’m 24 years old and in a graduate studies program!
It’s very likely that you have it since there is a strong history of ADHD in your family. It would be a good idea to go to your doctor and see about a medication trial. If it works, you have ADHD. If it doesn’t work, it might be a motivation issue or mild depression.
I am currently finishing a Master’s degree in Mental Health. I don’t profess to be able to diagnose or give you medical advice. I can only tell you what I’ve learned from my studies and my own personal experience. That being said, it would still be a good idea to see your doctor about it and see what they say.
In regards to my last post, I was wondering. Is anyone else more grounded by tactile sensations? I found it is that much easier to read when in hammock or even sitting outside when I can feel the sun on my skin.
Does anyone else have similar experiences?