The diagnosis of ADHD is not overstated

Here’s the bitter truth. Sometimes, when I tell people I have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), I feel embarrassed. And it’s not that I’m ashamed of ADHD itself, which, being a disease of the nervous system, negatively affects my executive functioning, impulsiveness, and processing. Nor do I think that this nervous condition should be a cause for shame in anyone who suffers from it.

But being such a bad activist is because when I tell people I have ADHD, I know exactly what they’re thinking. I see a smirk, a quick eye roll, and I resign myself to the fact that they might think that all I want is to feel different from other people: as if I read a tweet or watched a short video on TikTok saying that brushing your teeth is a sign that your mental functioning or Nervousness is different, then I rode fast and joined the influencer train.

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By all indications, discrimination against people with a disability should diminish in 2022. We know that some disabilities are not visible, and that derogatory blanket terms such as “learning disabilities” and “special needs” have been replaced by the term “neurodiversity” in order to explain the fact that That while many brains work differently – whether as a result of autism, dyslexia, ADHD or one of the many other neurological differences – this does not in any way make us a loser or defective for those whose brains work in a “neurotypical” way. .

But, along with an astute awareness of neurodiversity, especially on social media, is growing skepticism about who “fits” for a diagnosis of this condition. Thoughtful articles, hypothetical tweets, and opinions from self-proclaimed “professionals” are all overflowing with groans about how everyone suddenly has ADHD: But what all those bumbling critics are missing as they wave their fists at the damn app TikTok, The fact that there are many background factors contributing to the so-called ADHD “boom” we are witnessing today.

First, we have to consider how the old reductionist diagnostic model of ADHD has left more than a million adults with ADHD going unmonitored, the ADHD found. ADHD Action UK says that of the 1.5 million adults in the UK with ADHD, only 120,000 have received a formal diagnosis of the condition. This chronic underdiagnosis is due to the fact that, until recently, the diagnostic model for ADHD recognized only the “hyperactive” form of the disorder, which, in addition to being more common among young males, constitutes (here Trauma, even bereavement) is the only type of person the researchers examined when determining the diagnostic criteria for ADHD in the 1970s.

So, and note with me, medicine’s disregard for women once again kept women with different mental or neurological functions without obtaining the necessary diagnosis, because 50 to 75 percent of women with ADHD remained unmonitored. In this neurotic state, while the “inattentive” type of ADHD—that is, in which hyperactivity is more inward than outward—was only recently identified as part of this neurotic state: the same is true for ADHD. The condition as a mixture of internal and external hyperactivity. There’s also the fact that ADHD in adults is itself seen as a very different condition than ADHD in childhood, so when it comes to catching up here, we have a lot to do.

With regards to our health, particularly unseen disabilities, we have been told that we have to be proactive and seek help for ourselves. But even when people get to the point where they realize they have ADHD, they have to wait seven years on the NHS waiting list in Britain, or they save money. And they are saving some hard-earned money in order to obtain a diagnosis through the private health sector, in the midst of the largest living crisis we have witnessed in years, and the next stage of recession. Even then, when private ADHD diagnostic services such as Psychiatry UK faced unprecedented demand, they created their own waiting lists.

Believe me, I know that. I was diagnosed with ADHD and had to fight and argue every step of my journey with GPs, mental health services, clinical teams, nurses, and God knows who else. Even now, 18 months after my diagnosis, I still struggle with navigating treatment options such as medication, due to the overwhelming demand for these services and the lack of information available about ADHD, even in the private medical services sector. In fact, it’s grueling fighting day after day to get the bare minimum while being slammed in at every step of the way – and that’s all before we get into how ADHD brains make life such a difficult road in the first place.

This is why, when I see posts, articles, or jokes circulating in cyberspace about how “ADHD” is nothing but an amusing Internet rant, I find myself weighed down with shame and frustration. I don’t understand why anyone would choose to struggle with ADHD. This condition leaves a profound impact on your life, your relationships, and your mental and psychological health, and even reaching the stage at which you see that you have this disorder does not come from watching one of the short videos on “Tik Tok”, but rather from an intense search that lasts for months, and failures and collapses, such as trying to find An explanation of what is wrong with you, and why you cannot do the things others seem to do normally.

TikTok is certainly overflowing with content about ADHD, and yes, many are looking for diagnosis and even self-diagnosis, but both of these issues reflect systemic problems including a crumbling health service system and historically ingrained bias in medical research against women. and the fact that some do not have the money to get a diagnosis or treatment through the private health sector for ADHD. If the major financial system and health care system are doing what they are supposed to, people will not rely on social media to find solace and information about ADHD.

So, instead of crying over the fact that “everyone” on TikTok has ADHD, I’d advise you to stop and think about what got us to this point in the first place – and here’s the story, in part because of behavior like this.

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