Paul’s Story

I have had ADHD as long as I can remember. I struggled through grade school and never could focus. My teachers passed me because 1. They liked me. 2. My parents paid the tuition for a private school. Anyways, in High School I found marijuana and alcohol, and this finally made me feel free! I dropped out of High School and partied for years… At 26, I went to AA with a friend and decided to quit drinking and work the AA program. In the program I realized I had been living a lie for years, I was gay. I came out because of the program and found a job I really wanted. At work, I met the love of my life and have been with him for 14 years. Sounds pretty good huh?!

Well, it was not a paved road for me. I worked my way up at work and received a Manager position at a large Credit Card Company. But it was VERY challenging for me to get this, based on my learning disabilities. But I was determined and plus people liked me… hey what can I say, I’m a nice guy.. =)

This year, I went to my doctor cause I was sick of fighting ADHD. After several counseling sessions, I found out I am also Depressed/OCD/GAD as well. I am now on 30mg of Paxil and 40mg of Adderall and I have never been happier in my life! I can think before blurting something out, read a book (even a novel now, something I could not do before). I am finding new interests since I have more patience as well. Life is good, and I just wish I did this 20 years ago, but I guess I should be happy where I am now!