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The hidden struggles of adults with ADHD

Wulan Kusuma Wardhani

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, March 29, 2021  /  08:00 am
The hidden struggles of adults with ADHD

Venettia had problems completing tasks in high school because of her ADHD. (JP/Courtesy of Venettia Olga)

Sometime in mid-2019, Bandung resident Venettia Olga, who usually goes by her last name, was feeling overwhelmed by a combination of academic and personal problems. Feeling it might be a serious issue, she sought professional help. A psychiatrist diagnosed her with bipolar disorder and, two months later, with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). “At first, I complained about my roller-coaster mood. After the doctor asked me an extensive set of questions, including about how my childhood was, he gave a diagnosis of ADHD,” Olga, a 24-year-old recent graduate, told The Jakarta Post.   People with ADHD tend only to engage with activities and topics they find interesting. If a task isn’t enthralling for them, it tends to take a notable amount of effort to complete it. “In junior high school, I [suffered from the symptoms of] ADHD. Even if I kn...