#9. This post is a part of a series where people answer my anonymous survey question. If you have ADHD but haven’t gone public with it, what would it take to you go public with ADHD?
There are risks and rewards for going public with ADHD AND for staying hidden in the ADHD closet. See this post for context on the series.
“I still feel shame about my diagnosis of Adult ADHD. I believe it would harm me at this point to “go public” . I shared my new diagnosis with my family and a few close friends, their reaction and lack of empathy made me realize the negative stigma associated with ADHD. I would go public if I felt it would be viewed as a real medical condition. My family physician had little empathy or understanding of ADHD and how it affects my life. If my physician doesn’t understand, how can I expect my employer or colleagues to understand?”