Jeff’s Story

I am 38 years old and was diagnosed when I was 28 with ADD.
As far back as grade school I was struggling with reading. Then when they started to add homework in 5th grade. This is when the real struggle started. In sixth grade I was tested for ADD and diagnosed as not having it. So the next year I was moved from the middle group of classes to the bottom. This is when I started to think I was stupid. So from 5th grade till I graduates High school I constantly heard that I had so much potential and needed to apply myself.

In High school all of my friends were smart and mostly in the higher AP classes and I was in the lower ones. The difference between us did not hit me until SATs came in and most of my friends got 1100 and above combined and mine were 710 combined. That is when I really thought myself stupid.

Through these years the only things I was interested in was music and cooking. I really wanted to go to college. I went from community college to regular college and eventually failed out for bad grades.
I was determined to graduate college and after a couple years off and taking a few courses I made my way to a good state school. My semesters were fine until I suddenly started having seizures and had to stop drinking coffee. Suddenly I could not read anymore. I went from being able to read for many hours straight to looking at a page for twenty minutes and taking in nothing. It turns out I was self medicating myself with coffee.

This was when I was diagnosed. I got a psychiatrist who told me I did not need a coach . I was regimented Ritalin. Eventually after panic attacks added Prozac and switched from Ritalin to Adderall.
Years Later I have realized the profound effect ADD has had on my life.

Also realizing how uniformed the public is of this disability.
Now I find myself leaving a job after 12.5 years, because of ADD related issues. Feeling very empowered and ready for the next part of my life.

I am so glad I found this sight. It’s been great to read about everyone!