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ADHD and the Relentless Search for Dopamine

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Some people search for love. Others money. Some spend their lives in search of fame, or glory. But not me. There’s only one thing I’m after, and that’s the Big D.

Dopamine. I’ve written previously about the positive sides of having ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder): as a student at Cambridge University, a highly competitive academic environment, it felt useful to me to weaponize my disability, painting it in a positive light in order re-shape how not only others saw me, but how I saw myself.

In reality, however, it is a condition that is often debilitating. And this debilitation, as a high achiever, has led me to feelings of personal shame.

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