My name is Ashley Becan and I am 22 years old. I am in my fourth year of college but my first year at Texas State University. I am a Public Relations major and am hoping to become a publicist when I graduate. When I was 18 years old, I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Combined Type. This blog is an exploration of my life with ADHD and how I cope with it on a daily basis.
The road to my diagnosis certainly wasn’t unique. I was a strange and impulsive child who talked too much and too loudly, teachers often commenting on my inability to stay still, keep quiet, and pay attention. But despite this, I was a good student who got good grades so besides passing comments on report cards and in parent/teacher conferences, my ADHD was largely ignored. However, my senior year of high school was overwhelming and stressful and eventually, my mind shattered. I shut down, unable to focus in classes, unwilling to do my homework, unable to do anything except sit there and get lost in my own head. My grades suffered and my parents and teachers became concerned. My mother took me to a doctor where she officially diagnosed me with Combined Type ADHD. I was upset but also relieved; finally my strange behavior that for so many years had labeled me a freak had an explanation.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that approximately 3 million people have been diagnosed with. Since I was officially diagnosed, I have done my best to research everything I can about it. I hope to be able to better explain ADHD to people and remove some of the stigma surrounding it. I also hope that through highlighting my daily struggles with living with ADHD, people get a better understanding about what it is. I also want to reach out to other people who are diagnosed and let them know that they aren’t alone and to maybe help those who may think they have ADHD but haven’t received an official diagnosis.