Being Diagnosed with ADHD Is Almost Like Finding Out You Have a Secret Identity

Being Diagnosed with ADHD Is Almost Like Finding Out You Have a Secret Identity

Today our guest host, René Brooks, shares a little behind-the-scenes conversation with our producer, Sarah Guertin, about how it feels to learn you have ADHD, and how she’s grown and changed over the years since being diagnosed.

“It’s like the comparison (to neurotypicals) is an unfair one and we’re really comparing to people who actually don’t exist… these perfectly organized, always on time, always emotionally regulated people– it’s a fantasy. So we’re setting ourselves up to meet this unmeetable standard and then we get burnt out and frustrated in the process.”

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Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It’s the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

We are excited to share that René Brooks is continuing her guest-hosting of Distraction through November and December! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others sirhould be put toward peopl with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

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