Having ADHD Is Not A Life Sentence

Being diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is not the life sentence many people imagine. That said, it was definitely a life changing experience for my family when our son was diagnosed with a combination of Asperger's Syndrome and ADHD. But we were expecting something, having noticed his behaviour for many years. We knew he needed help and so did he.  

His diagnosis was a late one at 39! Sadly he had gone through the lacking education system with the typical bullying by peers and teachers and labels of stupid, lazy and indifferent. Sound Familiar? Teachers did not know the child I knew at home where he felt safe to be his amusing and intelligent self.  He has been left with internal scars but continues making amazing steps forward, by learning all about himself and other people of his tribe. 

After my son was diagnosed I realized that I too had traits of ADHD. And after two gruelling assessments where I was told that I did not have ADHD, I found a psychiatrist who told me that I did have ADHD.  Struggling to get a diagnosis is common with girls and women. Don't give up! 

My son and I both experienced the ADHD Grief Cycle - Five Stages That Will Happen after Diagnosis;  Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.  

My son has achieved so much with baby steps.  Being overwhelmed is typical but once you learn to take everything one step at a time, you can see your life expanding before you. 

Medication can help with ADHD but it's not the only answer, and it can be used in combination with:

  • Therapies; Mindfulness, Counselling, Coaching, Hypnotherapy
  • Exercise; yoga, walking, shinseido, wing chung  
  • Support groups
  • Balanced diet (no sugar)
  • Keeping a journal
  • Art
  • Listening to music 
  • Watching films

ADHD does not define us or what we can achieve. 

In the darkest moments, you learn to turn on the light, with the help of an ADHD therapist.

As ADDers, we have much to offer the World!  



Simone Biles

Simone Biles

The superstar American gymnast with four gold medals from Rio, takes medicine for ADHD. “I have ADHD and I have taken medicine for it since I was a kid,” Biles tweeted. Taking a stand against ADHD stigma.


Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is an English business magnate and investor. He is best known as the founder of Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies.


Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey

James Eugene “Jim” Carrey is a Canadian American actor, comedian, and producer. Carrey has received four Golden Globe Award nominations, winning two.

Wendy Davis

Best known for her role as Colonel Joan Burton in Lifetime television series Army Wives (2007–2013). “ADHD makes you different, not defective.”

Ed Hallowell, M.D.

Harvard Psychiatrist and Best Selling Author with ADHD


Brookley Wofford

Brookley Wofford

I AM #ONEOF15M AMERICANS LIVING WITH ADHD. Once upon a time, a Southern Belle followed her dreams to a land 1,200 miles from everything she had ever known. Three years later she is living happily ever after as Miss Minnesota United States 2015 and a CHADD Champion who is achieving her career and personal goals while Unlocking Confidence Through the Arts!


Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler

He rose to stardom despite early struggles with dyslexia and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.” In 2003 I started writing children's novels about the world’s greatest underachiever,” he said of his “Hank Zipzer” series. “And I’m in the bottom three percent academically.”