Each individual with ADHD sees themselves as having their own special qualities. Michelle Price calls herself an entrepreneur and after talking with her I agree with that description! She feels her diagnosis and experiences with ADHD make her story very different from stories she has heard or read by other ADHD adults!
As a child, Michelle was told she was very gifted. Growing up in the 60’s as a young African American child, she remembers people telling her mother she was “off the charts” when it came to intelligence. Because her family moved around a lot, Michelle attended many different schools. She did not like being smart, in fact she told her family she hated being smart and she did not like moving from school to school!
When she entered high school, in a diverse neighborhood with people from every nationality and every walk of life, she made new friends! Michelle tested very high on her PSAT and SAT tests and started getting letters from Ivy League colleges. But Michelle did not want to go to college. She felt like an imposter. After graduating from high school, she soon married and had a baby. By the time she was 19 years old she had separated from her husband and moved back home. She took a good job at the local university. From there, Michelle found a new job at a clinic where she also worked as a union delegate. She was earning a good salary, had another child and worked very hard raising her children as a single parent.
At the age of 48, Michelle was diagnosed with ADHD. She had realized over the years that she had an emotional component that she did not understand but after being diagnosed, learned this was part of ADHD. She realized that her threshold for sticking with things was about two and a half years. This is when she quit her job and decided to work online from home.
In 2003, one of her first clients was author John Assahs, who hired her to market his latest book. In one of their conversations, he told her he had ADHD. He was the first person to tell her she might have ADHD. She was later introduced to Dr. Daniel Amen and also helped him market one of his books.
As so many other adults have done, she took Dr. Amen’s test, “Do You Have ADHD?” which she passed test with flying colors! Learning of her diagnosis, she was so excited that she cried aloud “There really is something wrong!”
Finding the right doctor’s and the right medication, she has been able to overcome this thing called ADHD. Although she continues to struggle every day she also feels there is no reason not to excel if you have ADHD!! She finds her inspiration in being a lifelong learner!
Michelle is particularly interested in working with other women with ADHD. She feels the most important piece of the puzzle that is missing is the emotional component which must be included to complete the whole picture! Michelle says that although the struggle is real on a daily basis, that having ADHD is the biggest gift she has ever received.