‘I was too distracted to play with my son, then I got a shocking diagnosis that explained why’

A mother was haunted by anxiety after being too distracted to play with her son, without understanding why. Then she received a surprising diagnosis in her 30s that explained everything.

Amy Polly had postpartum anxiety after the birth of her son, now four-year-old Jackson. Amy thought that was why she had “chaotic” thoughts and a “noisy” mind.

But after months of research, the mother was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at the age of 37. attention he needed”.

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Amy, who lives in Stamford, Lincolnshire, finds it ‘so hard’ to juggle her ADHD symptoms while being a mother – mundane and repetitive tasks are hard for her to do, such as playing the same games over and over with her son . It can make her feel like she’s not always giving him the attention he deserves.

In addition to Amy’s ADHD and postpartum anxiety symptoms, she also broke up with her son’s father three years after giving birth, causing her to “burn out” and eventually go to her GP to seek help. Before becoming a mindfulness coach, Amy worked as an accountant and left every task to the last second, which her boss had no idea about—since she was diagnosed, she realized this was a common symptom of ADHD.

Amy thinks the growing awareness about ADHD, especially among women, on social media is extremely positive – she hopes young people will be more knowledgeable about the symptoms of ADHD, meaning more people could be diagnosed. “Having ADHD in old age was a huge learning curve and a complete shock — I used to think everyone had a constantly noisy brain and found boring activities almost impossible,” said Amy.

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