As a journalist with a close friend who has been diagnosed with ADHD, I'm interested in writing a longform article about the experiences of people who didn't realise they had ADHD until becoming an adult, and if and how the diagnosis has changed their daily lives. I'm particularly interested if anyone has found that their ADHD has been linked to either mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, or aggression which has been difficult to manage. I'm a freelance journalist, so will be sending the finished article to several different publications, and can be contacted at email@example.com. Thank you in advance for any help and if you have any questions please let me know!
Hello, it’s me Olivia again. I’m still waiting for testimonies to help complete my long form article. Unfortunately the email response to my request to date has been minimal. I’m particularly interested in combined type ADHD experiences. In the the long term I hope my article will reduce adult ADHD discrimination and increase social equality. I’m trying to help here guys but need your input! Thank you in advance, you can contact me Oliviaka@btinternet.com.
Forgive me but somehow what you are asking for and suggesting doesn’t sit right. I’m struggling to know why exactly it is that I feel like this though!
Maybe you have the best intentions - but it’s a huge and complex subject. And everyone’s experience will be different. There are loads of ‘testimonies’ on this site and others. You may need to do some work to extract and piece them together though. I hope you realise that you are expecting a lot from an adhd community to be together enough to put together meaningful and probably lengthy ‘testimonies’, with so little to go on! Not To mention needing to trust a complete stranger whose motives aren’t exactly clear, except that you presumably want to sell this article as well as change the world?
Perhaps you could start by sharing your own testimony or by explaining what you already know, what research you’ve done, why the various things about ADHD that you’ve mentioned interest you in particular and how you hope to change things with your writing about it.
What is your second name? Have you published anything before?
Sorry if any of that sounded rude!
And I agree that one to one meetings would be better. Not all of us write confidently. Try your nearest support group?
Hi Olivia, aside from the aforementioned questions as to who you may be etc., I'm not sure if you are aware, but asking a bunch of ADHD people to follow up with you via email is a bit like asking the proverbial fish to climb a tree. Even if numerous adhd people here may think "okay, I don't mind doing that..." we are the very people for whom the problems of procrastination, forgetting and inability to finish tasks are endemic! We have many many times more the good intentions and aims than the actual followed-through results. So, if you're not getting many volunteers via email, you may want to rethink your canvassing method.
I myself think this kind of thing - more public stories in media etc - can only work in favour of those of us for whom this disorder is, or has been, a living nightmare. Trying to get assessment and treatment in the UK seems to be like some kind of joke! Countries like Canada make it seem like mental health care in the UK is still stuck in the '50s!
I am happy to contribute via whatever way - WhatsApp suits me best - and am making a mental note to email you forthwith... (totally going to keep it short though, otherwise I'm almost certain I won't do/send it)... 🤪
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damo80: Any whatsapp groups available to connect with fellows?
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vaman: suz34 Yes I would be interested, I live in Ninfield
Feb 23, 2019 6:48:51 GMT
suz34: Diagnosed for 3 years only just found this forum looking to start an informal support group in the hasting area if anyone is interested
Feb 23, 2019 1:28:20 GMT
amybcw: diagnosed at 33! Kizzy try re registering or another browser. My twitter handle is @amywalt02503072 and I post tips I find handy on my twitter page. Add me for tips or just a new DHD friend!
Feb 18, 2019 11:50:57 GMT
amybcw: Newly diagnosed, looking forward to learning more and hopefully being able to help others! I live in South London, anyone else?
Feb 18, 2019 11:36:41 GMT
kizzy: is this board still live. I cant seem to get into read posts and when i try to contact staff the link is broken. anyone got any ideas? Thanks if you can help.
Feb 7, 2019 17:36:20 GMT
kizzy: hello i am trying to get an assessment for adhd but finding it very difficult. just saying hello.
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hry40: diagnosed at 55 sorry kids I thought we were normal
Feb 3, 2019 7:11:34 GMT
louise22: Marriage is struggling due to ADD, anyone struggling similarly?
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dmbeaton: Opportunity to take part in an Online Questionnaire - anyone with or without a formal diagnosis can take part, and will be entered into a prize draw to win £25 worth of Amazon Vouchers. Find out more here: aadduk.proboards.com/post/107967
Jan 17, 2019 11:28:39 GMT
liszen: hello. im 49 years old and have just been diagnosed with adhd. im in a complete and utter overwhelmed state about it - as ive struggled for so many years to keep up with everything - and I knew it wasn't just because I had too much on-im really struggling.
Jan 3, 2019 23:03:31 GMT
lennyad: Please check my post in intros. I am starting up a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of untreated ADHD, in addition to addiction etc. I have many contacts professionally but need voices from ADHD addicts and all you ADHD voices! DM me for info 8
Dec 25, 2018 6:17:34 GMT
dizzydee: I'm glad this box is back...
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nicko: lepetitprince (and anyone else with advocacy/ defence/ legal issues) please speak to your local citizens advice bureau ASAP
Dec 1, 2018 22:41:49 GMT
timharvardsweeting: I was diagnosed aged 45, after a typical ADHD rollercoaster of a life. I am now a psychotherapist and coach working with ADHD adults. I'm also an advocate for ADHD in the workplace- helping companies to undwerstand that ADHD is not to be feared/ fired.
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