I’d like to give a shout-out to our fantastic blogger, Zoë Kessler, who blogs over at ADHD from A to Zoë. She was featured in a Toronto Star article about attention deficit disorder, telling her personal story.
Kessler tells the story of feeling like her life had derailed after her father died. She felt like was scattered and unable to focus and she couldn’t find a way to get back on track.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD) is most often discussed when talking about children, teens or young adults. But the fact is, many adults also suffer the disorder and don’t always become aware of it until well into adulthood.
Zoë’s story is an inspiration. Not only did she find a way to understand her condition and get help for it, but she writes about it for the world, sharing her own personal trials and tribulations in living with ADD.
Journalist Isabel Teotonio helps weave Zoë’s story:
“I became massively overwhelmed,” recalls Kessler, a writer who lives in Owen Sound. “I found myself spinning and going from room to room in my apartment and not quite knowing what I should be doing next.”
A friend suspected she had ADHD and suggested she talk to her doctor about it. At age 46, Kessler was diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
She finally understood why she had always been so impulsive, why she felt so overwhelmed in university and had such rapid-fire thoughts.
And these are the kinds of symptoms we often hear about in adults with ADD or ADHD. Yet this diagnosis is so often missed, or misdiagnosed, in adults.
Luckily, treatment is available for anyone with ADHD or ADD. All you need do is seek it out:
For Kessler [...] treatment has helped get her life back on track. Her therapy includes taking a stimulant and doing exercise, yoga and meditation.
“It helped me to cope with the challenges I had while being able to be more productive (as a writer) and accomplish my dreams and move forward.”
Kudos to Zoë for the courage to tell her story to the Toronto Star, as as well as to the newspaper for publishing it.
Read the full article: Could you have adult ADHD?
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Grohol, J. (2013). Zoe Kessler & ADHD Featured in Toronto Star. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 24, 2013, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/02/07/zoe-kessler-adhd-featured-in-toronto-star/