Tom's Story



                                                                        What is your official diagnosis? When did you receive this?

In 2016, I was officially diagnosed with ADHD. In addition to this, I also struggle daily with a Gambling Addiction and Anxiety.

                                                                        How long have you suffered with these conditions?

I have suffered with traits since I was a child but during the past 3-4 years I have been able to get myself a diagnosis and learn about my issues in order for me to better myself.

                                                                        How does your diagnosis manifest itself? Do you have any triggers?

A lot of my symptoms are physical as well as mentally draining. I suffer regularly with panic attacks, sweaty hands, palpitations and shortness of breath. I also carry a lot of frustration and regularly don't have the ability to sleep or concentrate.My ADHD and addictive personality means I'm incredibly impulsive which can be a blessing and a curse. Unfortunately, I'm unable to fully understand my triggers but I'm slowly trying to learn and understand.


                                                                        What are your coping mechanisms? 

In terms of medication, I take 5 mg of Olanzapine a night to this take the edge off. If I'm agitated, I'll distance myself from people to prevent arguments and saying things I'd regret. Sometimes this does backfire against me and the people close to me but ultimately, it's what I think is right for me. I regularly go for drives to calm down and practise driving mindfully to switch off.


                                                                        Advice?

It sounds cliche, especially for an addict but if you hit rock bottom... the only way from there is UP! It is so important to speak to someone and admit you have a problem. By speaking up and seeking help, you can get the diagnosis and treatment you need.