September 19, 2021
  • 7:00 am Outstanding Professor Award Recipient’s Mic Drop Moment at Last Month’s Virtual Ceremony
  • 9:10 am Bookworms of the World Unite!
  • 7:46 pm Breaking News: All Students Living in Campus Housing Required to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
  • 9:00 am CSUDH Esports Creates International Competition
  • 9:35 am Spring Commencement Ceremonies Get Brighter
  • 3:46 pm Breaking News: Spring Commencement Ceremonies Recieve Stadium Upgrade
  • 8:00 am Testing the Teachers (and All the Educators)
  • 9:30 am CSUDH Educators and School Employees, Vaccinated Next
  • 10:30 am For White People Only: Anti-Racism Workshop Addresses Racial Bias and Unity
  • 2:43 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 10:02 am Straight Down the Chimney and Into Your (Digital) Hands: Special Holiday Edition of The Bulletin!
  • 2:44 pm Did You Wake up Looking this Beautiful?
  • 11:43 am A Long History for University’s Newest Major
  • 5:15 pm Issue 5 of Bulletin Live! Collector’s Item! Worth its Weight in Digital Paper!
  • 4:06 pm Special Election Issue
  • 4:03 pm Three best Latinx Halloween & Horror Short Films available now on HBO Max
  • 9:49 am Issue 3 of CSUDH Bulletin Live if You Want It
  • 3:24 pm Hispanic Heritage Month Update
  • 2:00 pm South Bay Economic Forecast Goes Virtual
  • 3:52 pm BREAKING NEWS: Classes for Spring to be Online, CSU Chancellor Announces
  • 9:39 am “Strikes” and Solidarity
  • 8:30 am March Into History: Just 5 in 1970, CSUDH Growth Shaped by Historic Event
  • 8:30 am Will the Bulletin Make Today Tomorrow?
  • 9:04 am Different Neighborhoods Warrant Rubber Bullets or Traffic Control For Protesters
  • 5:07 pm STAFF EDITORIAL: Even Socially Distant, We All Have to Work Together
  • 5:47 pm Transcript of CSUDH President Parham’s Coronavirus Announcement
  • 10:46 am Cal State Long Beach Suspends Face-to-Face Classes; CSUDH Discussing Contingency Plans
  • 5:26 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
  • 10:25 am Latinx Students Need a Place to Call Home
  • 2:35 pm Will Time Run Out Before Funds for PEGS? [UPDATED]
  • 8:41 am Year of the Rat? What’s That?
  • 6:20 am Artist Who Gave Life to Death and Inspired Countless Others Gets His Due at Dominguez Hills
  • 5:16 pm Why I’m Rooting for Dr. Cornel West
  • 5:00 pm Under Fire from the Feds, Vaping’s Future is Cloudy
  • 3:28 pm We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat; Tsunami 3.0 Hits Campus, Enrollment Swells
  • 1:22 pm THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE BULLETIN IS HERE
  • 4:48 pm University Weathering a Wave of New Students
  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
  • 4:27 pm Black is the New Black: Raising the Capital on the “B” Word
  • 10:53 am Guns Up for Arrest: Student advocacy group pushes for CSU No Gun Zones–Including the Police
  • 4:09 pm Staff Editorial: Words on the First
  • 8:42 pm Carson Mayor Blasts Media, Landmark Libel Case in Keynote Address
  • 9:27 am Free Speech Week Calendar of Events Update
  • 6:02 am Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
  • 3:24 pm Green Olive to Open By End of Feb; Starbucks Not Until Fall
  • 3:20 pm Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Hailed for Extensive Funding Increases
  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
  • 3:36 pm Career Center Holds Major/Minor Fair
  • 5:34 pm After Unexpected Delay, Undocumented Becomes More Intimate Theatrical Production
  • 1:30 pm What to Expect When You’re Expecting New Buildings
  • 7:06 pm Part Two of the Bulletin’s Epic Five-Part Series on Diversity in Superhero Comic Books: Focus on LGBTQ Representation
  • 5:46 pm To Celebrate Pride Month Here’s Part 2 of the Bulletin’s Series on Diversity in Comic Books–No, Make That Friday
  • 9:00 am Letter From The Editors

Though there are many symptoms of ADHD some include, being easily distracted and having problems staying focused on daily tasks or activities. Art by Andrea Espinoza

By Andrea Espinoza, Staff Reporter

I was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in my junior year of high school. For years I suffered in silence, in complete frustration with myself. This disorder soured my relationship with school, my dreams of attending and completing a college education began to fade away.

I hated school with a passion, but not any longer. 

Throughout my time in school, I never made the honor roll or received recognition for my academics. I was never good at tests and math to this day is a subject I loathe. It seemed like no matter how many hours I spent studying, I continued to struggle in school.  

I tried my hardest to pay attention, but it was impossible to stop my mind from wandering as I tried to do even the simplest tasks as a student. 

I sought additional help through after school tutoring, but it was pointless. No matter how many times my teachers would assist me, I still found it difficult to excel academically. Every bad grade I received was another chip at my confidence as a student. I wasn’t even sure I would graduate high school. I was anxious to even step foot on school grounds which then led me into a deep depression.

It wasn’t until I was properly diagnosed using an individualized educational plan (IEP) that I was finally given a clearer picture of why being successful at academics felt like an impossible goal. 

According to the American Psychiatric Association, as of 2017, an estimated 8.4% of children and 2.5% of adults have ADHD, which can often be first identified in children’s early school years. ADHD symptoms also include difficulty remaining still for a long period of time and limited attention span.

After my diagnosis, I felt really confused and embarrassed that there was something “wrong” with me. I refused to take any of the medication prescribed to me for my disorder because I heard of the adverse side effects.

Looking back, I have no regrets about my  decision. I was able to explore myself further and learn how to cope with my ADHD symptoms, mostly.

Do I have bad days? Of course. Those are the days I have to learn to put my mental health first and unplug from the world. Whether it be reducing social media interaction, noise interaction, or simply sitting in silence to ease the buzzing in my brain from over stimulation. I had to learn that it’s okay to walk away from an assignment or project that I am working on to give my mind a break. I know that if I push myself, I would shut down. These were the tools I took with me as I navigated my journey through college. 

My time at Los Angeles Harbor College (LAHC) was another phase that I walked away from with another life lesson, that it’s okay to ask for help. I was almost kicked out of LAHC due to poor grades. I sat down with the dean of students and was offered another chance if I passed all my classes the following semester. 

I also met with a counselor at the special services office and together we explored every degree, program, and department before I settled on one, journalism. I loved English and I loved to write, whether it was creatively or academically. 

I thank her for that push. I took the two classes in communications that I needed to transfer to California State University, Dominguez Hills where I finally felt happy. In hindsight, I look back at those experiences and know that they have shaped me into the person I am today. I am a soon-to-be college graduate, the first in my family. I am a completely different person than I was at 16 years old, I am a person that suffers from ADHD (and I’m no longer embarrassed to admit it). I know if I can accomplish anything so can others. 

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