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Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder in which executive function is disrupted and/or poorly regulated causing behavioural and emotional control issues. This can present as:

There are three types of ADHD, based on these groups of symptoms. You can be diagnosed as predominately inattentive, predominately hyperactive-impulsive or combined, which has symptoms of both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive. I have the combined type, although my hyperactive-impulsive symptoms are more prominent and more of a ~problem~ than my inattentive ones.

Because of society’s expectations that everyone can effectively implement the executive functioning skills we’re taught as we grow up, ADHD can be quite the disabling experience in all areas of life. Eventually, the inability to meet expectations can lead to burnout and in some cases, the development of chronic illness. That’s where I live. I feel as though my undiagnosed ADHD put so much strain on my body that my immune system decided to just give up on me.

Below is a ~quick~ timeline of my ADHD journey, including events that I believe were tied to my ADHD before diagnosis. If you’re interested in my full story in detail, please see the My Story series of blog entries.

My ADHD Timeline