#16. This post is a part of a series where people answer my anonymous survey question on the ADHD Catch 22. 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’m 38 and I’m still keeping ADHD a secret to avoid social and work problems. I let the people around me think my priorities are wrong to avoid being seen as stupid in other ways. To other people it looks like disregard, or an aloof attitude, like I don’t care if I disrespected them by forgetting something.
There are consequences. So, I would feel more comfortable if they understood that I’m every bit as capable as they are, and not retarded or a joke. That’s the big thing, I don’t want people to think that I’m stupid.”