Debra’s Story

I feel blessed in a way to have come across this site. I am a 40 year old mother with AD/HD raising a 13 year old son with AD/HD. My story may be a bit different then some I have read in the fact that I have always known I was AD/HD I was diagnosed as a first grader. I was on ritalin 3 times a day and without it I would of never graduated high school or attended college.

After stopping medication over 20 years ago I have now come to realize that I have never outgrown this condition and it is now the root of my depression. I don’t seem to be able to stay at one job for very long. I always get overwhelmed and so stressed out that I just want to give up.

I am engaged and my fiance constantly tells me that I didn’t listen to what he said and I need to slow down. My son whom is also AD/HD has on many times said to me in the middle of a conversation”Mom are you listening to me?” Only then do I realize that my mind is going off in another direction. People will talk to me and in the middle of a conversation I will have to try to figure out what they are talking about because I wasn’t listening to them when I thought I was.

I am always misplacing things like my keys and my glasses. No matter how hard I try to keep them in one place. My organizational skills are so poor that I even drive myself crazy. I always have stuff laying around that takes me days to put away.

I am frustrated and depressed and have come to realize I can’t keep living like this. I just don’t know what to do to deal with it. I have thought medication would be the answer again but unfortunately I don’t have insurance and I can’t afford it.

Thanks to all whom have read this and I hope I have made some sense out of what I have said… If not oh well it’s typical of me…..