I thought I had ADHD since I was 15 and didn't try to get diagnosed until I was 29. I never knew how much I didn't know about ADHD and many misconceptions I had about it. The ADHD twitter community has been amazing! I have learnt more from there than anywhere else.
In March I put a tweet out suggesting a Zoom call with other people who were struggling with isolation from COVID, a woman in California said sure and it's snowballed from there to now hosting it every week averaging 25 to 30 people from 8 to 9 different countries each week.
I'm a plant scientist, studying for a PhD in Environmental Science. I founded the ND Co-Working Group shortly after my ADHD diagnosis, as a way of supporting other neurodivergent adults who, like me, needed structure and accountability while working from home during the Covid pandemic.
Having been treated unsuccessfully for depression and anxiety, I started to suspect ADHD in 2017 and was finally diagnosed in 2020. Having the diagnosis has been like finding a part of myself that was missing. I'm finally learning to love and accept myself as I am.
I'm a neuroscientist, I have achieved my master's degree in biomedical neuroscience. I have started over in my life six times because I've been trying to fit into the wrong world. For the longest time I was treated for depression and anxiety, both of which I do have, but treatment didn't really fix anything. When I was initially diagnosed, I didn't actually believe it because of how I understood ADHD from the way it was portrayed in general and from my experience of it in my two younger brothers. But as a scientist I couldn't help looking further into it and almost a year later I finally accepted that I'm ADHD. The ADHD community on twitter was a big part of what convinced me, especially Pina and Dani, because for the first time in my life, I made sense.
I'm an extroverted person, I need interaction with people, so I was very happy to jump into the ADHD Party calls during the covid quarantines; I joined the second one and kept attending each week after that.
I have so much content about ADHD neuroscience I want to make and I have so many ideas for the website. One of the things I love the most about all this is that more and more people keep joining and contributing their ideas and their enthusiasm.
I was diagnosed with ADHD (then called ADD) back in 2000 at the age of 15. While I've knowingly lived with ADHD my whole adult life, when I was a kid, very little guidance about how to manage the condition was given to me. I like to say that I'd spend an hour a month "talking" (mostly looking around the room and deflecting) to my psychiatrist, who would then write me a prescription for Adderall and send me on my merry way.
I later had to cease taking my medication in 2005 when I decided to drop out of community college and enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. I was able to keep up my masking (for the most part) through my 5 years in the Marines, during my undergraduate studies in journalism, in my full-time journalism jobs, and about 95% through my graduate program in energy systems before life got too complex and I couldn't keep it together. I restarted treatment with psychiatrists and Adderall in January of 2019. If you're keeping score, that's around 13-14 years of going untreated for ADHD while also being fully aware I had it. I could keep it up until I couldn't.
Today, I have a much better grasp of my twin conditions of ADHD and depression. For the first time in my life, I'm able to be kind to myself for my shortcomings, even if it can still be difficult to do so.
I am 41 years old have had struggles with ADHD all my life, though until this year I didn't know what it was. I was reading a twitter thread shared by a friend about ADHD and reading it brought tears to my eyes because it described exactly what I had been going through my whole life.
I recently moved to Canada and was formally assessed and diagnosed with ADHD-Combined.
I'm working on learning all the tricks I can to work with my brain and not against it.
I draw, write poetry and for my day job I work in IT either as a Developer or in a support roles. Unsurprisingly I tend to get bored doing one thing for too long, and have left hundreds of unfinished personal software projects in my wake. I'm that restless IT bod always looking for new things and new experiences.
I don't know what else to say except I'm immensely grateful for ADHD Hive, and the opportunity to do work here that supports others, and incredibly thankful for the Neurodivergent twitter community in general who have accepted me with open arms and allowed me to share my experiences and hear those of others.
What can I say? No, seriously, what can I say? I'm a software engineer, plodding through life with a trail half-finished projects in my wake, and I'd never even thought about ADHD being an explanation until a year or two before my diagnosis. It began as a joke between myself, my ex-wife and our friends who poked fun at my apparent inability to complete projects, my ability to sleep in the middle of parties (hey, when I'm tired, I'm gonna want to sleep), and my animated grandiose plans of completing a master's degree – a feat I have attempted five or six times, but to no avail – but led to serious thought about looking for a diagnosis.
So I went and got tested - and got diagnosed with primarily inattentive type ADHD.
Before my diagnosis, I always tried to act in spite of my undiagnosed challenges. After my diagnosis, however, I became a whole different person. Events that happened in my past have a clearer explanation, and I find myself more understanding of the challenges that I face and able to work with them to be my authentic self.
Since the turn of the year, I've been trying to take a more active role in the ADHD community – both socially and in an advocational sense – which led me to an opportunity to present a talk at Camp ADHD in July where I met the amazing folks who run ADHD Hive.
How cool is that?
Miss Eli's Classroom
I’m going to begin this ‘About Me’ by telling you about my brother. He is wonderful and intelligent and always seems to naturally get things right.
So my first experience at school went like this:
‘If you tried harder, I think you could be as bright as your brother!’
One day, my art teacher gave me a detention for misbehaving in her class. I cried and explained that I was sorry for ruining her lessons, but I didn’t know why I kept doing it. She listened and cried too. After this, she wrote to my parents saying she believes I have ADHD; I never let that letter arrive home.
My behaviour wasn’t ideal but I figured, If I don’t try, it’s my choice to be mediocre, right?
This worked up until my English teacher asked if he could use my book to model a top-grade answer. To this day, I’m not sure if it was a great answer, or just an attempt to build my confidence. Either way, it worked. My teachers would describe me as the ‘most polite troublemaker’.
I had teachers who believed in me, and I found it easy to fit in. I’d play the part of a popular girl very well in lessons I didn’t care for. Outside of school, I did acting. Strangely, I feel most myself when acting. I can shout, dress-up, sing AND be applauded for it? Yes please. I’m still an actor now, I think I always will be.
After University, I didn’t know what I wanted to do next until one day, mid-sandwich, 15 mins before Shakespeare class, my friend and I signed up to become teachers. Before I knew it, I was 2 weeks into a course, the youngest in the cohort and drowning trying to process everything.
I saw a therapist who suggested I have ADHD. I suppose my art teacher’s letter lived on. My psychiatrist smiled at my stories and we saw how laced they were with ADHD. I felt absolved but sad. I carried on training and ADHD wasn’t mentioned once. Frustrated by this, I decided to make it my MA topic.
Now, I’m 22 and I have created Miss Eli’s Classroom where I utilise my studies to help others. I started this alone but how could I pass up the chance to be on a team of neurodiverse people?
So, I’m Eli, an actor/teacher with impulsive actions but always good intentions.
I have a lifelong passion for nature and wildlife, and I love learning everything I can about the world, and enjoy sharing what I’ve learned with others. I have fun learning languages and can speak English, German and Scottish Gaelic. I would also like to learn Danish and Cantonese some day. I am keen to get involved with wild animal rehabilitation in my spare time.
In high school I was going to be a writer. At uni studying Creative Writing, I was going to be a stage manager & theatre tech. When I couldn't stick with that either I crash-landed in a Conservation traineeship, spent 10 years working as a park ranger, then crashed out again rather spectacularly when the "stress" (a.k.a. undiagnosed ADHD & anxiety & mayyybe autism?) finally all got too much.
A year later I got my ADHD diagnosis, after specifically asking to be assessed for it when I finally realised that all the people who made the most sense to me had ADHD. I'm still very much in the early stages of my journey of understanding my ADHD brain, learning to better manage my mental health as a neurodivergent queer person, and figuring out how to create a life where I can be true to myself and also make a living. I'll be documenting that journey on my upcoming website & podcast, Hummingbird Brain.
In the meantime, though, I've definitely established that I work better when I have accountability and company, so when I realised ADHD Hive didn't have any daytime sessions for those of us in Australia/New Zealand, I put my hand up to change that.
I'm non-binary and my pronouns are they/them. I come from Melbourne, Australia but currently live in New Zealand. Besides neurodiversity, my interests include nature in all its gorgeous weirdness; storycraft; knitting; hiking; roleplaying; crafting; cycling; baking; gardening; and a bunch of other things besides. One things for sure - I don't like to be bored!
Hello! I'm a newcomer to the online ADHDsphere.
This is my first time hosting study groups.
I enjoy ATLA as well as all forms of movies, including silent films.
Reading, watching, and learning are all things I enjoy doing.
I'm also a huge fan of journaling, which is why I love collecting stationery.
I grew-up knowing that I have ADHD. Primary school was a struggle with the stigma connected to having a "mental condition or disability". By the age of 12 I understood my brain and the condition well enough to fend for myself. In high school I decided to go undercover. I went on to university to study English and Afrikaans Language and Literature, as well as Geographical Sciences. I struggled to cope with the workload and adapt to university learning, but I figured out how to study and learn in ways that fit "my" brain. I never dared to ask for help out of fear of being kicked out – luckily this never happened.
In 2014 I got asked back to do a postgraduate degree, after completing my Postgraduate Certification in Education, by the department I now work in. I decided; this is part of who I am and I will not actively hide this part of my self anymore.
Since then I have been reading up on research on the topic and following the ADHD community on Twitter & YouTube. Recently I was struggling to handle all the challenges that came with COVID. Then I found Ross's ADHD Party on twitter and joined on a whim – I found my tribe!
I joined the Study Group, because working from home is not ADHD friendly and I needed some structure. Now I help out where I can as part of the team.
Study Group Host
I'm a theatre maker, mainly as a writer and facilitator. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 51, and suddenly so many things made sense. Like many, I've learned so much from others with ADHD, and I find the study groups here invaluable for helping me to focus. And I also just love the wonderful company. We're all very different in terms of what we do and where we are, but it feels like a very connected and welcoming group. If you're not sure, jump into the party: it's the biggest group of people, so it's easier to just stay quiet and get a feel for the place. Hope to see you in a study group sometime.
About Me's are always weird and challenging for me because I have so much to say about my background and what I do, so how about this: Third culture human, biracial mixed bag of a number of different ethnicities, pronouns they/them. Music is one of my biggest loves, but I am a freelancer who is also a video game / escape room designer, human rights activist, educational/motivational speaker, and stand-up comedian. I'm passionate about many things and love learning about your thing. I am one of those people who found out about their ADHD and was like "Wait... this makes so much sense... why didn't they tell me this 20 years ago?!" If you want to reach out and message me, I'd love to get to know all of you! :)