The Very Real, Totally Hidden, Costs of Being an Adult With ADHD

A person wearing a blue shirt holds several hundred dollar bills in a fan shape, covering her face. The bills have been lit on fire.
Sometimes having ADHD feels just like this. Photo by Jp Valery on Unsplash

I was 36 years old when my therapist, who had been hinting at as much for months, gently told me she suspected I had ADHD.

At first, I scoffed at the suggestion. Nobody had ever, ever said that to me before. ADHD, as I understood it, was what the kid…



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Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey


Teller of tales—mine and others'. Eater of foods—cooked and ordered. Yoga instructor. Phillies fan. Former Texan.