#18. 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 have often heard people describe ADHD as nonsense. It took me the age of 24 to finally get diagnosed because I started to believe what I was hearing from others. If ADHD didn’t have such a negative connotation it would be easier to talk about it. It is also great to have a loving and understanding support system, for me it was my wife.
Explaining how I feel to her made me understand how I can better explain my condition to others.
My family and friends seemed more to deny the existence of such a condition based on what they had heard, but once I explained to them how my life had become, it became easier to explain.
I think the most important thing people have to understand before speaking out is actually understanding what ADHD is. When I didn’t have a complete grasp on what the condition was I was very skeptical, but when I started researching and understanding the condition I started to explain it to more people as well. Hope this helps and good luck on your survey.”