Real stories - how ADHD affects real people

In over 10 years spent treating adults with ADHD, we have heard hundreds of people describing how their lives have been affected by undiagnosed ADHD. Some of these real life stories, but not real names or images, are shared here. You may recognise some of them in yourself or in the people you know.

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james adhd story

Loss of focus at university

James was really looking forward to going to university and escaping the rules and regulation of school and life at home.
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richard adhd story attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Too many points

Richard loved driving and found it exciting, however, he really struggled to stick to the speed limit. He would get impatient with slow drivers...
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jane adhd story attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Impulse buying

Jane had never been able to manage her finances very well. When she had an idea about something she wanted to do...
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mary adhd story attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Juggling too many things

Mary had coped well with school and college after being diagnosed with, and treated for, ADHD. She felt once in work she did not need medication any more...
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luis adhd story attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Testing times

Luis did well in his early years at school, however, he had always found it hard to listen for long in class, he struggled to take good notes...
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josh adhd story attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Zoning out

Josh was really struggling to focus at work, in his cubicle, in an open plan office. The office floor was loud and distracting and he could not concentrate.
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stuart adhd story attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Chopping and changing

Stuart had a long history of starting college courses and dropping out - or trying out various hobbies and jobs and not sticking with any of them.
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suzie adhd story attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Feeling rejected

Suzie told me that she was walking down the corridor at work and saw a colleague looking at some papers whilst he was walking...
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emma adhd story attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Struggling to be perfect

Emma had started struggling during her A levels. She had always been shy and a people pleaser, and had worked hard to do her revision...
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philip adhd story attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Married with children

Philip was a married man with two children. His marriage was under a lot of stress, as his wife complained that with him, she had three kids to look after not two.
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kali adhd story attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

If only I could remember

Kali had always been labelled as unreliable. At school, she could never remember to take notes home to her parents. If she answered the home phone...
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mohammed adhd story attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Driving. A testing time

It had taken Mohammed four attempts to pass his driving test. He now felt that driving was a constant struggle.
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The motor always ran-on in my brain even when I knew I needed to get to bed it would always take me ages for one reason or another to settle. Even once in bed my brain would continue working away on fears, problems, work, ideas, inventions - it was so tiring.

Extract from iwantgreatcare.org recommendation.

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