October is ADHD Awareness Month, a time dedicated to sharing experiences and challenges related to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. It underscores the often overlooked fact that ADHD is frequently undiagnosed, especially in women and people of colour, due to misconceptions about what it looks like and who it affects. Today is a celebration of the diversity within, well… neurodiversity! Oh, and a chance to advocate for better support for those living with ADHD, too.
Folks with ADHD often find themselves having to fit into routines and systems designed for neurotypical brains. This often leads to added struggles like guilt, irritability, anxiety, depression, or other mood issues. Despite leaps in research, myths about ADHD create barriers in treatment, education, and workplace support. This month helps shatter stereotypes and showcase the unique abilities of those with ADHD, like creativity, problem-solving, and deep focus (yep, that’s an ADHD thing).