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Why Getting an ADHD Diagnosis at Age 30 Was a Gift

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This year, right before my 30th birthday, I received a surprise gift — a diagnosis of ADHD. The diagnosis was an accidental finding, discovered while completing cognitive testing for an unrelated illness.

After 30 years of living with undiagnosed ADHD, I have no regrets for not getting diagnosed sooner in life — but I do have to admit that it feels impactful to finally get an official label for my learning differences.

Here is what the diagnosis of ADHD means to me: It revises my history from one of a difficult, messy and disorganized child, to one of a child succeeding despite challenges.

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