Hi! I’m Andrew Foell, barely 40 and diagnosed with adult ADHD in my early thirties. I prefer to be called Drew. Somewhat characteristic of many people with adult ADHD, I refer to myself as a “jack of all trades and master of some.” That segues into some of my credentials: I earned a Master of Arts in Instruction in the late nineties and have taught secondary English and developmental English—a supplementary class for students with ADHD and other diagnoses. Currently, I work as a literacy tutor, again serving similar populations. I am a member of our district-wide PBIS (positive behavior interventions and supports) implementation team, and I believe strongly in early intervention. Research and writing are personal passions as are mental health and mental health advocacy.
Adult ADHD Diagnosis a Relief
Being diagnosed with ADHD as an adult was a relief and helped me to understand the many report cards from my youth that read: “Andy (I hate that name) is a bright student who is not working up to his potential.” It also helped me to understand my lifelong struggle with major depression, again, a diagnosis I received in adulthood. On the flip side, I have experienced some significant employment concerns related to my adult ADHD diagnosis.
Presently, I am working on “Putting Together the Pieces,” which I think is an apt title for a blog about Adult ADHD. As I better understand myself, my limitations, and my strengths, I can better put together the pieces that will help me to lead a healthier and more productive life. I hope that through sharing my experiences, triumphs, and tribulations, I can provide readers with help, hope, and strategies for use in their personal lives. I’m excited to begin this journey with you at HealthyPlace!