In the past attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often went unrecognized throughout childhood. Before the 1980’s very few people were even aware of ADD/ADHD. Instead of recognising your symptoms and identifying the real issue, your family, teachers, or other parents may have labelled you a dreamer, a slacker, a troublemaker, or just a bad student. Even many doctors were not aware of the condition.
Alternatively, you may have been able to compensate for the symptoms of ADD/ADHD when you were young, only to run into problems as your responsibilities increase. The more balls you’re trying to keep in the air-pursuing a career, raising a family, running a household-the greater the demand on your abilities to organise, focus, and remain calm. This can be challenging for anyone, but if you have ADD/ADHD, it can feel downright impossible.