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Neurotypical: Of brain function that is considered ‘normal’, ie, without mental illness or disability. 

This blog is not intended for the parents of children with ADHD. If you are a parent, I would love for you to read it. I really would. But I will not be offering any parenting advice. For one, I’m not a parent, and therefore I don’t feel qualified. For another, I believe it is those children with ADHD who need information far more urgently. 

When I was first diagnosed back in 2013, I was desperate for any sort of information that could help me. Any tips I might find useful in order to function as any neurotypical student would. I found a lot of resources, but the vast–vast–majority of them were intended for parents. ‘How to make your ADHD child behave.’ ‘How to get them to sit still and be quiet.’ ‘What medications they should be on in order to make them pliable and reasonable.’ None of it applied to me, and none could help me. 

There were very few useful resources for me, a grade eight student whose parents had already found ways to manage her in childhood, but couldn’t help me through the tougher years of high school, when my symptoms did not only affect my ability to sit still throughout the school day. They were out of their depth, and so was I.  

More resources did not pop up when I entered high school. My ADHD was not taken seriously in elementary school, and so I chose not to tell my teachers in high school. And still, there was no solidarity, it seemed. There were very few personal experiences like mine being shared. There were clubs to remove the stigma surrounding depression and anxiety. Why was there none for ADHD, a classified mental illness like any other? 

It is only now, in university, that I have chosen to acknowledge and work with my ADHD, rather than ignore it and deny its existence to myself. It’s led me down a fascinating path that culminated in my choice to create this blog in May of 2019. 

This blog is for people like myself, who are teenagers and young adults with ADHD, who did not outgrow their condition as everyone claimed they would and are now resourceless. This blog is for the brilliant people who consistently underperform on tests and in the workplace for no other reason than a disability that is not treated seriously enough. It is for me to share my experiences with you, in the hopes that you can learn something. Either way, I hope you’ll find it interesting.  

Thank you for being here. 

Julia