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Christ lads, there’s plenty to talk about this week but I’ll try to keep it brief.

I have ADHD now. Well no. That’s not true. Apparently I’ve always had it. I just found out extremely recently that I had it. Which came as a surprise because I never would have suspected. This is mainly because I never really understood the nuances of ADHD. I had a very stereotypical idea of what ADHD looks like.

So I suppose it’ll take some time to integrate, but to be honest, I’m not attached to this new label bestowed upon me. It won’t be featuring in my bios or hung from my neck like an identity card. What it does give me, however, is better understanding of who I am and how I function. It helps me to have a better relationship with myself. And that’s quite invaluable.

But I’m not ADHD. It’s a part of me, but I’m not it. I won’t now idenitfy exclusively as someone with ADHD because I feel that this will diminish or dilute who I am. And I am far more than this part of me, as is everyone else. And this isn’t to say that there’s anything wrong with your neurodivergence becoming part of your identity, of course it is. I’m just not willing to make it the most prominent feature of mine, because it just doesn’t make sense to me.

That said, it will take some time to adjust. There is no doubt that I will write and talk about it. Because this has always helped me to process change. But I won’t become ADHD. I may now understand better the role it plays in affecting my mental health, for better and for worse. But I won’t become ADHDaragh. I’ll still simply be Daragh, who happens to be a wee bit neurodivergent, and sure we all suspected that for years.

Now the suspicion is simply confirmed.

ADHD Now helped me to figure all this out, so if any of this resonates or you have been curious yourself, you can use their services here.

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