The Secret Life of Diane McLean

The ticket stub on my refrigerator reads “Sat 12/28/2013.” It all began that day during the 1:05 pm showing of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. In the movie, Walter decides to leave his mundane job and daydream world of adventures to step out into a real-life quest and discover his passionate, authentic, courageous self. On December 28th, 2013, I too decided to step out to discover my dreams and passions. Over the next 18 months my life underwent a significant transformation as I set out to discover the secret life of Diane McLean. My 25-year career in education had…
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Later-Life ADHD Diagnosis: Life Sentence or Turning Point?

I had a textbook adult ADHD diagnosis. Like many women with primarily inattentive ADHD, I did not receive a diagnosis until after I started researching ADHD for my daughter. The more I read, the more I thought, “This is me!” I took an online quiz and found I scored well above the threshold for adult ADHD. The next step was to receive an official diagnosis from a local psychologist. Receiving a diagnosis later in life left me with mixed emotions. On one hand, I finally understood why I was so disorganized, why I couldn’t pay attention, and why I struggled…
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Turning Frustration into Triumph

I didn’t understand that I had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) until I turned twenty-eight. That meant a big part of my life was spent believing I was somehow “not quite with it”. I didn’t think it was possible for me to have ADHD because it was usually associated with hyperactive boys. When I was growing up I wanted to be the best at everything I did, no matter what it took. I remember staying up all night doing homework because I never got anything done during the evening as there were just too many distractions. The library was awful…
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Never Too Late To Learn That You Have ADHD

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…
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