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Journal Entry: Tue May 20, 2014, 9:49 AM
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I am 60 years old and was diagnosed about 4 years ago with ADD.  Didn't surprise me but what DID shock me was all the negative attributes that go along with ADD being undiagnosed your whole life.  I have been having a hard time coming to grips with this.  At about 18 I took an IQ test to try to get into Mensa.  Although I missed it (but not by much) my IQ impressed me.  Through grade school I always felt dumb (mind wandering, you know).  So equipped with my IQ knowledge I have pushed myself throughout life always thinking I am SMART why the hell can't I DO THIS?  Well, now I know why but all I can see are my wasted years fighting windmills and watching other people that I swore were not as smart as me catch on to things much quicker and move ahead.

Is there anyone else in this "bitter" stage?   There is also the challenge of other people not believing how truly difficult this is and blow it off.   I have read approximately 20 books on the subject and what I'm sick of are the ones that say having ADD/ADHD is a GIFT and we should be happy.   Well I would rather be normal than to have felt like I was on the outside looking in my whole life.  Even if it meant giving up art.

Anyone else, with late diagnosis, struggling?

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  • Listening to: Maroon V
  • Reading: Trashy novels
  • Watching: I have stopped watching TV (?!)
  • Playing: "Don't Wanna Know"
  • Eating: healthy (well, trying to) Who am I kidding?
  • Drinking: Diet A&W Root Beer (how odd, right?)


Joni L. Wagner
Artist | Traditional Art
United States
I have been drawing ever since I can remember. I am fascinated by graphite hyperrealism and my goal is to continuously improve with my work. In the past I have gone to science fiction conventions and sold my art along with occasional commissions. I want to do more commissions now since due to redistributed work responsibilities I have more "me" time. With that in sight, anyone interested in having me do a drawing for them please contact me at: Thanks! In the meantime, I'm drawing anything and everything.

********The new above picture was taken on September 27, 2014 at Disneyland in front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle. After working for 26 years at WDW in Florida I finally made it to the Motherland!**********

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tophxomi Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the Llama!
jedi120 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the llama badge!! :)
joniwagnerart Featured By Owner 2 days ago   Traditional Artist
You deserve it!
jedi120 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
chibi-demon-angel694 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the :llama:!
joniwagnerart Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017   Traditional Artist
You're Welcome!
professorwagstaff Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017
Joni, your submission,  Ethiopian Girl,  has been moved to the Featured folder of :iconsharpenededge:.
joniwagnerart Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017   Traditional Artist
professorwagstaff Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017
My pleasure Joni.
OffShoreSoul Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thx For the llama Meow :3 
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