Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can destroy relationships, sabotage careers and cause havoc in one’s life – yet most people with this condition remain untreated because it’s one of the most misdiagnosed disorders. Could adult ADHD be at the root of your problems?
By Joan van Zyl
When a psychologist told Cape Town systems programmer Daniël du Toit* (50) 10 years ago that he had ADHD, he refused to believe her. Daniël had been hopping from one psychologist to another for 20 years in a bid to find out why neither his life nor his career showed any progress.
“I noticed at school something wasn’t right,” he says. “I did well in primary school but afterwards my marks would take a dive whenever I was in a tressful situation, for instance when I moved on to high school.”
At university Daniël really came unstuck. Even though he was a bright student, he just couldn’t settle down to study. “I would jump up and make tea, come back and read a sentence then find something else to do,” he explains.
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