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Hello, I'm Pinar. I am 18 and I was first diagnosed with ADHD just under a year ago when I was 17. It's safe to say that I was a tad bit of a shit show prior to my diagnosis.
I'm here to give people in a similar situation to me some help and tips and all of that juicy stuff so let us go!
- If like me you were diagnosed far too late, don't stress about it. I know for sure that I stressed for ages after because I realised that there was the possibility of me having done better in my GCSEs and A-levels, because that's all in the past and unless you want to pay a ridiculous amount of money, you're not going to re-do them.
- PLAN! FOR FUCK'S SAKE PLAN! If you're doing an essay based subject, I am begging you to plan your essays in an extreme amount of detail beforehand because if you don't, you'll regret it. It's so much easier to sit down to write an essay when you know what you're about to talk shite about for the next 2000 or so words.
- Drink water. Not only does water help your skin and the colour of your piss, it also helps you concentrate!
- Get good templates for your essays!! I'll pop a template below because It is a life saver.
- If you have to read a lot of books, please read them... or at the very least.. Schmoop it. Trust me, Schmoop notes have gotten me quite a few 2:1's when I didn't have the mental capacity to read all 20 of them.
- Start planning your essays real quick, like as soon as you get the question.
- Start writing your essay two weeks in advance so that you don't get too stressed and so that you still have time to talk to your course director about any questions you may have.
- Try and enjoy your topic because it makes it a hell of a lot easier to get all the info in when you actually care about it.
- Invest in a pretty planner because it will make you want to plan and make you feel guilty when you don't do the work that you planned to do.
- Eat well! Your body is a temple and without the right fuel, you will feel like shit.
- Exercise! (Or sexercise, whatever one you prefer.) Endorphins are your best friends when you have ADHD because we are more susceptible to other mental illnesses.
- Please do not forget to breathe. I know it sounds silly; however, recent studies on ADHD have made scientists believe that gut and lung problems could be what causes ADHD in some people, so if you're not getting enough oxygen to your brain, whether you have ADHD or not, it will motivate you more.
- If you have a vagina and get periods, check your cycle. There are points in your cycle where you will naturally feel more motivated due to hormones and all that. With that information, you can try to use all of your heavy working days on the days where your hormones are like "do ye work ye stupid bastard." I use the period app EVE to track mine. EVE tells you the things a normal period app does, but it also tells you what the day of your cycle means.
- Don't cram. It will not go in.
- And last but not least, utilise your benefits. In the UK when you have a learning disability, you can apply for a grant through student finance where the government provide you with materials to help you through your studies. Also, don't forget to talk to your SU's DDS team because you could get things like two weeks extra time on your coursework and 50 percent extra time in your exams!
Yes ADHD is shitty, but it's also you. And you should be proud of that.