I was diagnosed with ADHD during my freshman year of college, and even though it didn’t come as much of a surprise, hearing the official diagnosis was so validating. I was able to understand why things like sitting still during a long lecture and reading a chapter of a textbook were so difficult for me, and I stopped beating myself up for things that had previously made me feel like I was just lazy.
In the years since learning I have ADHD, I’ve been able to explore the unique ways that my brain functions, and through that, I’ve discovered some strategies that set me up for a clear-headed day. To help others who may still be finding their way, I spoke with Marcy Caldwell, PsyD, owner and director of Rittenhouse Psychological Services, about some of the pressures I faced in college, and how to make those symptoms more manageable. If you’re struggling to keep up with your course load, read on for some expert advice that will help you focus and thrive.