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“My Childhood ADHD Diagnosis Was the Secret That Nearly Destroyed Me.”

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signs of ADHD – I never suspected that I had the condition. I thought it was just “who I was.” Until I reached adulthood – when the consequences of not knowing nearly destroyed me.The philosophy of adults and teachers during my childhood was to negatively reinforce and punish symptoms out of a child – or at least, that is what it felt like.

Wielded without any regard for my ADHD diagnosis, this approach only left me feeling more confused, alienated, and uncertain of myself.

It eventually chipped away at my confidence and ability to be a happy child. By age 10, I often felt sad and began closing myself off from others.Though I survived grade school, university posed a completely new challenge that I was unprepared to handle.

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