Is anyone ever angry at the adults that you had in your life that never saw your signs of ADD as a child? I am a girl, which means there has been less research into outward presenting symptoms of ADD until recently. Since learning about my ADD, I can't help but feel kind of betrayed that know one noticed and that people just decided it was just my "quirks".
I know it all sounds irrational and when I was younger, there wasn't as much common knowledge about ADD in girls. Don't get me wrong, I love my parents and the adults I had in my life. It's just upsetting to me that no one saw. No one thought to question why I was so smart but never got good grades, why sometimes I couldn't comprehend what was asked of me, or why I was so forgetful all the time.
I feel like I was maybe unintentionally crying out for help without knowing I was when I was young and was brushed off because they just chalked it up to me not caring. It makes me feel like I could have had a better childhood had I known. Maybe I would have had better strategies to handle my symptoms and maybe that would have helped me with my schoolwork which suffered poorly because of them. Maybe now I would have better strategies and I would be farther along in learning how to handle all this had I known earlier.
Does anyone who was diagnosed as an adult understand what I mean? Do you feel the same way?