Sitting in the school library, Shante Joseph’s heart began to pound.
Having struggled with concentration for years and desperately trying to prepare for exams, he drank one after another of energy drinks and caffeine pills.
“At school, teachers sometimes told me I was lazy,” he recalls. I spent 12 hours in the library, drinking energy drinks, popping caffeine pills, wondering why I couldn’t focus. Drink Red Bull after Red Bull.
But it wasn’t fatigue, it was concentration. Looking back, I would like to know what I know now. Palpitations and caffeine consumption at age 17 were the symptoms.
It’s a sign of ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, that goes undiagnosed for another seven years, making school and work life all but impossible.
Shanti, now 25, who was finally diagnosed at 24, is now a successful writer, producer and presenter on Channel 4’s How Not To Be Racist.
He also leads the Undiagnosed + Undersearched campaign for the neurodiversity platform Cognassist. She discusses the number of women and people of color living with undiagnosed learning differences because they have historically been underrepresented in relevant research.
People with ADHD may have trouble concentrating, act impulsively, and seem restless. Symptoms may appear early in life, but ADHD can be diagnosed in adulthood.
Emotional management problems are a common symptom of ADHD. With ADHD, emotional reactions can become more frequent, more intense, longer lasting, and interfere with daily life.
Relationships can also be affected, which can lead to more problems with loneliness.
Boredom crept into almost every situation, and although Shanti was a diligent student, she was often seen as too talkative, rude, and disruptive at school.
Shanti says, “My negative attitude at school was the start of my ADHD. Then I went to work and told myself not to screw it up, I didn’t think I had ADHD.” I did it. I get bored.
“Everything I was doing immediately stopped. People felt uncomfortable when I was totally listless or unable to concentrate.”
During Shante’s first internship, she changed offices and workplaces frequently to stay focused. There were constant comments that she should behave “normally” like the people around me.
Then, while working at a social media agency in London where he was diagnosed with ADHD, he decided to quit his job and start a new life.
“I left during the pandemic,” he says. It was a terrible moment. I couldn’t. It was my longest job since college, one year.
“Every day passed and it became more and more difficult for me. The traditional and rigid work environment made me uncomfortable… There is a culture of surveillance in the office. People watch you and your actions.
Shante also learned how to help out with outside chores. From time tracking to self-management, she creates a way to avoid distractions.
“I have to think a lot about these processes.
“You have to think about where you are distracting yourself, how you behave and be very organized.”
There are many resources available for people with ADHD. Shanti says self-diagnosis can help if professional help isn’t immediately available, and she found tips and tricks online and on TikTok to ease her symptoms.
But a formal diagnosis by a doctor can be life-changing.
It is estimated that 30% of youth in prison have ADHD, compared to approximately 3% to 4% of youth in the general population.
“Undiagnosed ADHD can wreak havoc on your life. It can be devastating.”
Medications are only part of the help provided and may not always be the best solution for everyone.
ADHD treatment often requires educational, behavioral, and psychological support and may include skills training, counseling, and behavioral therapy.
Away from ill-fitting offices and people she doesn’t understand, Shanti is now a digital content producer, freelance writer, host of the My Public Me podcast, and nearly 40,000 followers on Instagram.
“I am doing what I always wanted to do. I am immersed in a job that makes me happy. Knowing how to ask
What is ADHD? Cognassist Director of Education Dr. Louise Karwowski explains:
There are three subtypes of ADHD: hyperactive-impulsive, inattentive, and mixed, each with slightly different symptoms.
People with the hyperactive-impulsive subtype are more likely to fit the ADHD stereotype. They may be hyperactive, nervous, or struggle with self-control.
People with the inattentive subtype often make careless mistakes and have trouble concentrating and staying organized.
Girls with ADHD are difficult to diagnose because they typically suffer from inattention rather than hyperactivity or impulsivity.
Why do girls slide diagnostic nets?
Girls are particularly inattentive, which can delay diagnosis because they are considered shy, shy, and passive rather than ADHD. They are often underdiagnosed or, if underdiagnosed, diagnosed with depression or anxiety.
What complicates matters is the fact that most of the research on ADHD has been done on boys and men. Boys usually develop symptoms at a very young age and notice a reduction in symptoms during puberty. In girls, the opposite is true, and symptoms can be exacerbated by elevated estrogen levels.
This means that they are less likely to meet the traditional diagnostic criteria for symptoms to be present at age 7 years.
What are the symptoms to watch out for?
There are some symptoms you can watch for. It’s easy to get distracted by missing details. It is difficult to concentrate on a fixed task. I am easily bored and easily distracted.
People with ADHD often have trouble learning and organizing new information, have trouble completing homework, and often lose things they need to complete a task.
Not only are fantasies and confusion common, but they don’t seem to listen when spoken to directly.
Instructions can be difficult to follow and are generally slow to process information. This means errors are more likely to occur. [among] co-worker.
Doctors cannot formally diagnose ADHD, but they can discuss your concerns and, if necessary, refer you or your child for a professional evaluation.
If you are concerned that your child may have ADHD, we recommend that you discuss with your child’s teacher if your child’s behavior at school may be of concern before seeking medical attention.
Adults with probable ADHD may be referred if their symptoms have persisted since childhood, cannot be explained by a mental health condition, and are significantly affecting daily life. co-worker.
What type of treatment is provided?
Medications are not a cure for ADHD, but they can go a long way in managing ADHD by promoting focus and composure and allowing new skills to be learned.
For more information on ADHD, visit the Cognassist and NHS websites.
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