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Sir Smiley
1
20 days ago

ADHD condition worsened after diagnosis

For those that were diagnosed as adults, did you find your conditions / symptoms got worse once you were formally diagnosed? My fiancée and I feel like mine have become more apparent and worse since I was diagnosed and I’m trying to put my finger as to why.

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PrincessLeya
1w

Yeah I got diagnosed last year at age 19 and I dont need to mask my thinking, my emotions and just"me" anymore so I literally CANT MASK anymore which makes my "symptoms" worse. I dont think that the are worst i think that they are more noticeable now cause we lost the ability to hide them. Now we now that we are different and that masking isn't necessary so we don't mask and forget how to mask. If you get what I mean :,)

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wonderwander
1w

I recently got diagnosed because I finally went to talk therapy which was prompted by worsened symptoms. I think the adult pursuit of awareness and diagnosis was prompted by that. I agree about now being hyper aware.

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mands_ca
2w

I had this feeling too, but my theory is that: now I'm completely aware. I can identify the symptoms and the triggers, because I know what it is. I believe it might cause this feeling. At least, that's how I feel when I think of something similar.

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moor-rose
2w

I think diagnosis can be stressful, even when it comes as a relief. Behaviours that we may have glossed over or distracted ourselves from get dragged kicking and screaming into the limelight; they're more visible, they're taking up more brain space, and we're learning to relate to them in new ways. Maybe the brain wants to see them in action armed with this new knowledge and start piecing together a fresh paradigm, no? Or maybe it's just a wee bit overloaded, making inhibitory behaviour less accessible to it. Although it's easier said than done, I hope you can accept it as part of your process, and observe it with curiosity and self-compassion.

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