Like many before me, I wasn’t diagnosed until college. Because ADHD shows differently in girls and boys growing up, my symptoms went unnoticed and grew up thinking I was stupid. Teachers would sympathize with me because they saw I was trying and was a “pleasure to have in class” but still received sub-par grades. Lucky enough, I excelled in extracurricular activities, which eventually led me to my current career.
I work with the public at a science museum and try to set an example for all of those guests (kids and adults!) who might think they have limited abilities do to any diagnoses. I try to employ and help others employ a growth mindset.
I would be interested in participating in your documentary! Thank you so much for shedding light on a topic often taken too lightly.