I’m a thirty-something human with ADHD. I wasn’t diagnosed until I was already a thirty-something human with ADHD. And it wasn’t some big revelation when I was diagnosed, it made all the sense in the world, it just hadn’t become a big enough problem for me until then (though that doesn’t mean it wasn’t causing problems). Trying to function in life and grad school simultaneously pushed me past all of my abilities to cope. My anxieties were at an all-time high. The old tricks didn’t work anymore. I needed to diversify. And I needed, once and for all, to know that there was some kind of explanation for my eccentricity. There’s nothing wrong with eccentricity of course, but living with an ADHD brain is a little intense – it’s easy to think there’s something “wrong” with you, when really, you just need to learn better manual steering (and maybe some chemical steering).
One person’s ADHD is not everyone else’s, but I know that when I was first diagnosed I craved first person accounts from others with ADHD. I was in grad school so I could look up all the research and facts I wanted – and I did. But I really needed to know that I was not alone, and I really wanted a glimpse of adult life with ADHD. I started the blog for myself as a journal, but realized eventually that it might also be useful or helpful to others, who may be seeking just the kind of information that I was.
And so…this blog is an unvarnished description of my ADHD life. There is no pride or glamour in this…but I hope that it might help someone else in one of those dark and confusing moments when they feel alone. In those moments when they need a reminder to laugh kindly at themselves. When they need a reminder to lighten up, because it’s just ADHD. Or when they just need to laugh at me, because I’m occasionally ridiculous.
And you can call me Mrs. Rollins.
When I’m not embarrassing myself by blogging, I’m a wife, stepmother of three, collector of animals (I AM NOT A HOARDER, we are at capacity at five!), an artstrepreneur, event planner, social media/marketing consultant and compulsive civic project instigator. I can often be seen around town with my ADHDog in tow.
Perhaps you’ve read me in Additude Magazine: