I Lost My Sense of Self After My ADHD Diagnosis
I lost my sense of self after receiving a clinical diagnosis for "mild inattentive attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)." Something strange happened after that ADHD diagnosis. What I thought would be liberation turned into weeks, if not months of self-loathing and debility. Instead of learning how to coexist with my ADHD, I became it.
I no longer knew how to separate myself from my ADHD symptoms, and my relationship with my fiance took a nosedive because of it.
Sense of Self and ADHD
In this weeks video blog, I discuss:
- The self-fulfilling prophecy
- How some tough love helped me separate my identity from my diagnosis
- Where I'm at now with the whole thing
Check out the video below.
Ansah, T. (2020, April 23). I Lost My Sense of Self After My ADHD Diagnosis , HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2023, March 21 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/livingwithadultadhd/2020/4/i-lost-my-sense-of-self-after-my-adhd-diagnosis
Author: Tonie Ansah
Thanks for sharing this Tonie; and I appreciate your honesty about how at first you felt defensive towards your fiancé's comments. It totally resonates with what I'm going through right now. I wonder if it is common for people with the inattentive/ not high energy version of ADD to get sucked in this kind of trap. I have to remind myself not to get so hung up on the problem but to get on to the solutions.