I was diagnosed a few days ago at 26 years old and I am yet to start my therapy, so I’m wondering what’s the difference I can expect. I heard amazing stories of people finishing colleges and accomplishing great things, so maybe someone here has some stories of their own. The rest of the post is my personal story living with it up to now.
Since ADHD awareness is almost non-existent in my country even within psychologists, I was told my entire life that I just need to try harder, that that’s just the way I am, that I am lazy and so on. I was even told by a psychologist that I scored over 120 on an IQ test, yet I managed to get mainly D’s in math, physics and chemistry in elementary and middle school and I failed an entire year in high school, despite private tutors and me legitimately giving 110% of myself to succeed.
Speaking of high school, I went to a transport logistics high school and I barely got D’s in all transport related subjects, I had good grades only in foreign languages, computers and history, so although I have a transport logistics diploma and could technically work as a dispatcher, I learned jack and I can’t even work jobs I have a diploma for. In my country salaries are pathetic, only around 400 usd per month, but I’ve noticed a lot of people are working as remote truck dispatchers for American companies and getting like 1.600$ or more per month, which, while probably bellow average in America, would be like 4 average monthly salaries here. Proportionally speaking that’s like a German receiving 8.000 euros instead of the average 2.000 per month, just imagine what kind of life you could have with such income.
I’m also interested in programming and 3d modeling, where I could earn even more and since I currently work a job at a train station where I sit for hours doing nothing, I could do that in addition to my job and get like 6 or 7 times the average salary…but I don’t, because despite all the euphoria and motivation I get at the start, I lose motivation and after a few weeks learning programming or 3d modeling, it becomes boring, no matter how much I loved it at first. Then after a few months I get interested again and I lose motivation again.
Same thing with languages, I know 2 foreign ones at an advanced level and 3 at a very basic level. The 3 that are on basic are only at a low level not because I struggle with any words, grammar or topic, but because I start learning for a few weeks and as soon as my motivation drops slightly, I decide to postpone studying for tomorrow and play video games now, then the same thing tomorrow and suddenly 2 months passed and I didn’t learn a single word. I tried countless methods and in the end I found one which proved to be 5 times more effective than anything I tried before and even that wasn’t enough to keep me studying. If I tried to force myself to sit down, I’d instantly start feeling resentment and stop, it’s as if my brain is trying to ban me from doing what I want, because it’s not stimulating enough.
Hopefully at least some of these things will improve when I start taking meds and maybe I can get my life in order.