WOAH A SERIOUS POST WHAT IS THIS?!
About a week ago, I was in a counseling session (U of S counseling center/dept. = the best.) and I was confiding in my counselor Leah, that I was kind of anxious about being re-evaluated for LD (learning disability) in about a month, so I’d be eligible for special accommodations if I ever needed ‘em. She asked me why I was anxious and one reason I suggested was
- What if there’s the possibility I have something besides this LD? Like, say, ADD or ADHD. I know sometimes LD and ADD/ADHD can go together like PB ‘n’ J, what if that’s the case with me?
So, she said “You can be evaluated here if you’d like, we have someone on our staff who can do that for you.” So I went in to be evaluated, and as the psychologist explained, it wasn’t a direct, straightforward YES you have ADD or NO you’re ok, you can leave, kind of thing, it was more like trying to get a picture of whether or not it would be likely that I have ADD/ADHD, and it was recommended that I see another psychologist to run a full battery of tests to get a broader picture. (Killing two birds with one stone and am now being evaluated for LD and ADD in June, yaaay!)
And as it turns out, from what Leah and the psychologist, Dr. Tom Smith, who evaluated me gathered and reviewed, it is rather likely that I have ADD or ADHD, but it kinda went undiagnosed, under the radar. I’ve also read articles about how ADD/ADHD is often undiagnosed in girls and women simply because it manifests itself differently than in does—or how it’s expected to—in dudes. I’m not sure how I feel about this, but I feel like a part of me has always suspected it. As my mom said when I dropped this on her “It really explains so much.”
And oh god, it does it really does
feelings mode: engaged