ADHD Acceptance Month – Dispel a Myth

ADHD Butterfly Source

You can succeed as an undiagnosed ADHDer…

This is the most persistent myth about ADHD. This is the myth that blocks so many from getting the help they need. This is why so many people end up diagnosed with things like “high functioning anxiety” and “high functioning depression”. I guarantee you anyone with those other diagnoses is not functioning as highly as those things make out.

ADHD allows some people to go undetected because they manage to have a good academic track record, they are more highly adaptable, and they had good support structures growing up.

They look fine to others from the outside, but inside their lives are falling apart.

They may have failed relationships, a messy house, the very act of ‘adulting’ seems completely impossible, their hygiene slips, they can’t manage – they end up extremely self-critical and brutal on themselves for the things that they fail to do successfully.

ADHDers come in different flavours, with different support, with different outcomes – but we are all ADHD.

There’s no mild, moderate or severe ADHD – IT’S ALWAYS SPICY but usually in ways that others cannot see. We are great at masking the fact that we are struggling because so often we have been gaslight into thinking that having struggles is not anyone else’s problem.

Suffering in silence is not an innate part of ADHD, but I can guarantee you nearly all of us have. Don’t deny people support who need it due to an area where they are exceeding your ableist expectations – dig deeper – make sure you see the person underneath.

Daily blog challenge

October is here usually known as ‘ADHD Awareness Month’ – but IMO we ADHDers deserve more than that – we deserve acceptance. We need to be listened to, we need realistic accommodations, and help. We need to start moving toward ADHD Pride Month. People should be able to feel proud of being ADHDers, because the alternative is shame.

For 31 days I will be writing every day on being an ADHDer using this list of prompts:

Published by roryreckons

I am an ADHD/Autism Coach as well as ADHD/Autism/OCD/CPTSD advocate and independent ADHD/Autism researcher. I am an ADHD/Autism Coach who trained through the ADD Coaching Academy. I write mainly about ADHD/Autism/OCD/Mental health issues, but will also discuss morality, abolition, and current affairs occasionally.

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