I am 65 years old, and I just found out that I have ADHD. I always knew I had a problem, but I never could figure out what my problem was. I liked to learn, but I had a hard time in school. I just was not a good student. I did not have a very good memory. I was very lucky because most of my life I have been in sales.
I did the best when I did not handle paperwork. I just never seemed to get the hang of getting paperwork done correctly. In later years, when I sold insurance and had to complete applications, that really scared me. I was always missing a signature or just not doing it correctly. The best thing about me was I could talk, explain, and sell. The rest really scared me big time. I do not consider myself lazy, stupid, or crazy. I just could not grasp the use of paperwork. Everything else I enjoyed. Computers are another thing I have problems with. I have hard time remembering everything I need to do. Also, it does not interest me. I like helping people.
Finally, I found out what my problem was at the age of 65. What a relief it was to me. My shrink, Dr. Larry, has been a life saver for me. He has really opened my eyes. Now I know why I lose things, misplace things, etc. I do not make excuses for my ADHD, but I know am learning to live with it. I’m not blaming myself anymore. My family is having hard time accepting my ADHD. They just do not understand what it means to me, and why I am the way I am. I would love to get my story out there and help other people who learn at a late age they have ADHD. Since I found out about my ADHD, I am a new and improved person. I am far from perfect but a hundred percent better, and every day I improve.