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    ADHD, normal puberty or too much stress?

    I'm so confused at this point. I don't know, if my traits and symptoms come from undiagnosed ADHD, puberty or the years of too much stress. The thing is, stress won't get much better for the next 3 years because I'm going to move out to be able to dance more and still graduating school (I'm 16 yrs old). I'm book smart and never had issues with that, but I struggle with always coming late (poor understanding/sense of time...) forgetting that my friends and family existif don'tseeing them, sensory overload and hyperacusis, and putting away my technical devices (but I don't have any withdrawal-symptoms, so no phone/netflix/instagram/tiktok/Youtube addiction, I think it's more something about dopamine). Also setting priorities, making decisions, and a lot of oversharing. I get distracted by everything, constantly losing important stuff and throwing things on the floore by accidents, am still not able to eat/drink completly without spilling or making a mess, always assume that people are honest with me so usually don't get sarcasm right away, super empathetic and struggling to differentiate between my own and others feelings, I love stimming but it could be my body trying to release stress. I'm and always have been very hyperactive verbally and my mom wanted to send me to an therapist/coach when I was 8 yrs old because she got overwhelmed with my temper tantrums (or was I just confused by the loud, fast world?) but didn't.
    The stress I'm experiencing comes from dealing with school, perfectionism and intense ballet training since 5 years. The ballet-bubble has some very ugly sides.

    What if it turns out, that I'm just a typical teenager who is overwhelmed by everything(like the most)? Who has a lot of potential (A LOT) but got just so screwed by puberty and not having enough discipline to push trough it, that it get lost? I struggled with disordered eating (still, but it's getting better), self harm and bodydysmorphia. I'm super scared of hurting myself again because I know that I'm super capable of that.

    That question remains, puberty, ADHD or stress overwhelm? Or a combination?

    PS.: sorry for grammar and spelling mistakes, I'm not fluid in English.
    #confused #MightyQuestions #SelfDoubt #Neurodiversity #ADHD #Stress #Anxiety

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    I suffer from severe hyperacusis and am working to raise awareness and advocacy towards a cure and recognition. Still trying to figure this site out, but I'm glad it's here.


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    Hi I'm new here. I'm a musician, book lover, animal lover, etc. I'm also #Autistic visually impaired, and have #Hyperacusis looking forwarded to meeting people.

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    Handling pain #Hyperacusis #Migraine

    What are your tips on handling pain? I have nerve damage in my ear causing severe hyperacusis and it means when I have too much noise I get poor motor control (exacerbated by my #Hypermobility ), migraines (with auras and tinnitus) and debilitating fatigue. I just want to feel normal and am sick of being told it’s my anxiety

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    Does anyone have experience with Tranquil II sound generators? One of them is only going up to half volume.

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    Bad appointment with the ENT

    I am so sad and frustrated by the way the doctor spoke to me today. I don't know why he was so dismissive and rude.  He offered me nothing for my hyperacusis and tinnitus except "wear ear plugs and change your lifestyle i.e. don't go to concerts, restaurants etc. (which I haven't done in years).  As if avoidance and isolation help.  I think he thought I was mentally ill.  I know about TRT but can't afford it.  So depressed and discouraged.

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