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What Was Your Tipping Point? Adult ADHD Diagnosis Stories

ADHD diagnoses among adults are growing four times faster than are ADHD diagnoses among children in the U.S. 1 Still, ADHD remains significantly underdiagnosed beyond childhood. Fewer than 20% of adults with ADHD are currently diagnosed and receiving treatment, which means most are navigating symptoms without any support or treatment.

2Among those who have pursued an ADHD diagnosis in adulthood, most report experiencing some “tipping point” that made their symptoms impossible to further ignore or dismiss. Here, ADDitude readers tell us what life event(s) prompted them to pursue their ADHD diagnoses. Their tipping points range from the pandemic and perimenopause to motherhood and divorce, to job promotions — and job losses — plus many more.Were you diagnosed with ADHD after childhood? What “tipping point” led to your evaluation for ADHD? Share your stories in the Comments section below.“When I got to graduate school, I knew the difficulties I faced in my first semester weren’t survivable.

I was finally specializing in what I loved! So, why was I still procrastinating, stressed out, and anxious? I’d considered the possibility of having ADHD before, but this time I finally brought it up to my psychologist. My diagnosis changed everything for the better. I’ll be graduating with my MFA in a few months.” — An ADDitude Reader“My tipping point came at the ripe age of 45.

I had put myself through college for five years (and quit with a few credits to go) and excelled in a demanding career. I had experienced five years of infertility and then became a parent to two highly spirited kids (both of whom barely sleep). My head felt like it was going to explode.

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