Women w/ ADHD Inattentive Type – anyone out there?
So I am not alone in this odd reallity called Earth. I am a overweight 46 year-old mother of 2 girls both ADHD (a nine-year-old and a teenager- fourteen) married to a sweet guy who has ADD as well. Does any one have tips or ideas how to keep sane and not swing from the light fixtures Three of us are on meds.
Wow! Sounds like our house (with me being the overweight motherd=). We don’t bother to avoid swinging on the light fixtures (unless we have non-ADD company :lol:) Seriously, we enjoy our quirkyness. 3 out of the 4 of us are on medication as well. We find it helps to laugh as much as possible–and there is certainly a lot to laugh about at our house! Try to see the funny side of your days and enjoy each other as much as possible!
Fifty y/o woman here, who as always felt like an “outsider” and that I never fit in anywhere. My eyes lit up when I read about the “laundry” stories. I have a pile downstairs that is growing into mt. vesuvius. I had been thinking about going to the Dr.s to inquire about the possibility that I have ADD, but I kept cancelling the appointments because I felt too much anxiety when the time of the appt. came around! I quit an amazingly great job because I panicked when I was supposed to go to a conference. I was a no show, drove straight to the office, typed out my resignation letter, left it on my seat and went home! WTH, what was wrong with me?? Now, after readingI think I must have ADD. Is there anyone who has improved by taking prescription medications like Ritilan and Concerta? I have seen a homeopathic remedy advertised lately called “Synaptol.” Has anyone tried this product? So happy to read all of your stories. Thanks!
Hello all, 54 y/o over wt mom of 2 girls. I realized I was ADD when my oldest daughter was getting diagnosed (dx) in grade school. Been on Methlphenydate SR 40 mg . It has helped like crazy. Read about Fish oil in ADDitude and started taking that too, and I think that has some good difference, subtle but there. I have taken an anti depressant since my girls were born, and it helps with the anxiety..and the Ritalin has actually taken it away for hours. Eating protein is very important too, as I can get to carb-ing out and this does nothing for the anxiety or disorganization.
Have always been the square peg in the round hole. this Website has been a godsend. It helps me remember I am not unique or alone. My mind just works differently. I am pretty good at multitasking, and have had several jobs where it was necessary. I think the peri menopause has made this worse tho, as it is more exhausting, and I can’t sustain the energy it takes to do it for 8 hrs. Maybe I never could and just noticed? I don’t mind laundry..as long as I am doing dishes, or vaccuming, it is something to do in-between..you know? I did not like it when I had to pack it up and take it to a laundomat..I still have too many underpants so I don’t have to do it for over a wk..some things just work!!
We have to rmember that ADD manifests differently in women and girls…we “take off” or go somewhere else, hello inattentive!! and had to educate the teachers in my rural community. I have had to educate my bosses too, and some have become believers, so are still skeptic. one of my best bosses was ADHD and very clever…I miss working there, but my direct supervisor was a skeptic, so I don’t work there anymore…
I say congratulations to all who are just learning about why they never fit, AND don’t give up..meds have been sooo helpful!! some didn’t work, but others have made all the difference. Don’t believe everything a MD or Psych tells you, sometimes they are misstaken the first MD I went to thought I was Bi-Polar, meds did nothing for me..so I had to stick to the antidepressants and ritalin..and I changed MDs..and I found couselors have been soo helpful. Every idea is worth a ponder or a try…if it works keep doing it, if it doesn’t..try something else til you or your family notice a difference.. It will happen.
As I have mentioned I live in a rural part of MT, and I am thinking about a coach. I can see where that could be helpful. Or evern another couselor .. just getting to it lately has been a challange.. I would LOVE to have a group to work with..as we are good cheerleaders..
That is all for now, as I am thinking this is getting a little long…onward thru the fog!!!