I've been described as "overly sensitive" my whole life, usually in relation to emotional sensitivity; however, I've come to realize I'm sensitive to sights, smells, and sounds, as well.
Like these other ladies have mentioned, I cry when I'm happy, sad, mad, or somewhere in between. I cry at TV shows, movies, commercials, newspaper/magazine articles, etc….and forget being able to express myself when I do become upset! I often can't even get my words out. Of course, being continually shamed for being "too sensitive", I work really hard at curbing those tears, and try really hard to "hold it all in", which in the end, is the worst thing I can do.
Until I started getting your newsletter, I had not come across information related to the heightened sensitivity of those with ADHD. So, I want to say THANK YOU, for sharing your wealth of knowledge with those of us who are continuing to learn about ourselves.
As a somewhat funny side note: I wasn't diagnosed until three years ago, at the age of 33. My diagnosis came about after I realized that in my work as a school psychologist, I would sit in meetings with parents and teachers describing how ADHD "can present differently in girls, and often goes missed"….and then one day the light bulb came on, and I realized that the behaviors I was describing were the same things I had struggled with my entire academic career, and continued to struggle with in my new professional role. Thankfully, I was already in therapy due to an unhappy marriage, and asked to be referred to a psychiatrist. Midway through our first appointment, the doctor asked me, "How is it possible that you never received a diagnosis? You fit the "classic" picture of a female with ADHD". I finally had the beginning of an answer as to why I could be "so smart" but still struggle with day to day activities.
Although I entered my profession in order to be an advocate for all children with special needs, I now have an "extra special" place in my heart for those kiddos with ADHD, and feel the need to educate parents and teachers that it is a "real" diagnosis, that it "looks" different in each child, and most importantly, a child doesn't "grow out of" ADHD.