I have ADHD. I take pills every day because they make my life, and that of my family, better. They help me function and to do the things most people take for granted.
One in 20 people are like me. Yet despite how common ADHD is, and how profound the impact can be, it is hard to get people to take it seriously. Furthermore, there are growing voices claiming that the medication I take is part of the problem.
So let me set the record straight on a few things about ADHD:
In 2016, in the journal Support for Learning, Irish researchers Michael Quinn and Andrea Lynch stated: “In many western countries, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has achieved celebrity status, such that it probably no longer requires introduction.” It may not “require introduction”, but even with a definition – “a common disorder characterised by developm
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I have a brain difference, and I’m not ashamed. I’d rather be known for what I actually am — as the woman with ADHD, fidget spinner and all — than as the dumb blonde of my childhood.