I didn't see a thread for this, so if this is a duplicate, please let me know!
Writing this instead of doing the other important task I need done before tomorrow. Currently, I'm recently diagnosed with ADHD (and a few other psych diagnoses) at 40+ and as of yet, unmedicated, but that'll change pretty soon. An entire lifetime of issues that are grains of sand that piled into a weight that has probably burdened swaths of my lifetime that I'm still uncovering. Trying to treat it all as water under the bridge and maintain a positive outlook on what I can do with the rest of my life. Trying not to regret or resent a society that struggled, and still continued to struggle, to diagnose women, girls, and AFAB people with ADHD.
The relationship between ADHD and gaming has been long known, if often misunderstood. TL:DR gaming does not cause or exacerbate ADHD as far as we know; it's seems to kind of be the other way around in that people with ADHD are drawn to the dopamine hit of action and reward within a structured framework of rules and standards that games often provide.
Now that more is being learned and understood about ADHD, there are more later-in-life diagnoses like mine. I know there are folks here who had theirs early in life and others out there, like me, in this community. I wanted to have a thread where folks could share their experiences and how their own ADHD has informed or impacted their gaming and other parts of their lives.
I just want to know what has your experience been like as an adult! How has it been for those of you who had early diagnoses, and what has your journey been like? How many of you had concerns about ADHD in your children to find out you might have it, too? How many of you spiraled through life until you were tired of being full grown but not able to 'get it together?' How many of you spent way too long thinking "yeah, but that's not me," because we grew up with generations who stigmatized mental health?
If you're comfortable, please share your stories. I would love to hear it.