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“I Believed I Was Fundamentally Flawed. In Fact, the Blemish Was on Society.”

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ADHD sometimes feels like tiptoeing through a minefield. I progress slowly, cautiously — bracing for an explosion of confusing thoughts.

Words spoken too quickly. Explosive, unanticipated anger. I feel contrarian — but also dogmatic — in my views, thought processes, and daily habits.

I am a living contradiction, and that is painfully isolating — in no small part because my feelings are so impossible to explain and, therefore, frequently invalidated through a lack of understanding.Before I was finally diagnosed with ADHD in my early 20s, I did not think of myself as a victim, yet I always felt different.

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