Adult ADHD Support
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Newly diagnosed , looking for support and advice


I am a 22year old currently in my last year of college pursuing my BSN in nursing. School has been an ultimate battle ... I've had dignosed anxiety for years been on medication for that. not until recently, I was diagnosed with ADHD. I went to my doctor so confused and looking for answers ... I couldn't focus for more than 10 minutes in class I was constantly figiting.. studying had gotten increasingly harder and my grades suffered.

At first I just thought it was my anxiety but then my doctor told me I had ADHD and I felt excited to finally have an answer as to why I felt the way I did and why I was struggling , but also discouraged cause I saw it as another "problem" I had to overcome. I told my mom I constantly felt discouraged because my teachers clearly don't understand what I am going through ... I always feel like a person taking an elevator instead of the stairs ... by that I am just as smart as all the other students but I just have to come at the material in a different way and the teachers don't get it. I do take my tests in a private room and have done that for years due to my anxiety. I guess what I'm looking for is just some pointers on how to study, stay motivated and not get discouraged , I do take strattera for the ADHD as needed. I see me getting distracted during my exams and having my mind wonder slightly even with strattera, I exercise a lot to get the energy out daily.

Any suggestions are appreciated or just some kind words!

It nice to know I'm not the only one!


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Haha ,hi page ..

Even i am going through same situation as your with Adhd and social anxiety disorder . I can totally corelate about not being able to concentrate for merely 10 mins , its good that your grades are not getting affected . Try to focus on your strength because trust me you are lucky your grades and not getting affected and your school have special provision to give exam .

Exercising early morning for an hour would be really helpful .

Wishing you best of luck .


Hi. My name is Jacob. I can relate to your experience, and it’s nice to see you got the help you needs from the start. I graduated medical school, and like you did start out in nursing. Was undiagnosed ADHD for most of my education. I recently went to Chicago for a month, and took a prep course for my USMLE exam. So here are some study tips or exam tips that will help you. Multiple exam choice style questions seems to have been my problem, but now that I know how to approach them they are becoming easy, if you follow these steps exactly you will see an improvement.

1. Cover all possible answer choices!!!!!!!! Do not look at the possible answers...Read the last sentence of the question presented to you.

Why? Because test wrighters love to add a lot of bs to try and trick you. By reading the last question in the long paragraph, you get an idea of what to look for. In the past I’ve read an entire question that took a min to read only to find out at he end I really could have answerd the question from only reading the last part. After reading the last question of the vignettes then decide are you looking for a clue or a concept.

2. Start to read the question, because you have an idea what to look for due to step 1 you can filter out the colorful words. As you read think about what the answer could be from key words relating to the main question.

3. After reading the question still having your answer choices covered, think of what the answer will be. Now uncover your answer choices and read the answers from the bottom choice up. So if choices are

A. Read me last

B. Read me third

C.. Read me second

D. Read me first

Most of the time choice A is wrong, it’s a distractor. Test wrighters know most people look at choices in order from top to bottom.

If you see your answer you thought of great. Pick the question and move on.

4. If you don’t see your answer in the choices, then eliminate the choices you know are wrong. If left with 2 or 3 choices. Always pick the bottom choice.

I hope you find this helpful. I did not make it up, a man by the name of Dr Francis who teaches at the Pass Program did. He is a great man, who also has ADHD.

Good luck and may all your dreams come true



Hi - You're doing pretty well if you got into nursing school, so give yourself credit for that. You didn't mention whether or not your school knows about your ADD- if you are ok with sharing your new diagnosis with the school, I'd go talk to your counselor. You may be able to get additional accommodations for tests, etc like extra time.

I was diagnosed with ADD long after I had gotten through college, but it explained some of the issues I had dealt with throughout school & work my whole life. Still not fun though.

You said you take Strattera as needed- is it working for you? Did you try any other medications? I don't remember if Straterra is the same as other ADHD meds, (I take Adderall) but for me, it's better if I take them daily, not just as needed. I still struggle to stay on task, especially with tasks I really don't want to do :) but only taking meds some of the time might be difficult to manage, esp in school. Of course, talk to your doctor before you make any changes to how you take your meds. The thing is, meds don't cure ADHD, they just help with some of the symptoms. Some meds might work better or worse, it's different for each individual- so if Straterra isn't working, you might want to try different meds.

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