Hi, I’m Amy + I Have ADHD
Yup — you read that correctly.
I’m a 23-year-old, college-educated, corporate-employed woman, and I was recently diagnosed with ADHD.
I guess that explains my colorful personality and impulsive desire to create all the things but failure to complete all the things.
I’ve been rather transparent about my struggles with anxiety and depression lately, but this third diagnosis has been harder to share.
I’m not proud of it, but when my therapist first broached the subject, I thought she was crazy. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I had unknowingly stereotyped people with this disorder, and because I didn’t look like what I thought ADHD should look like, it was hard for me to accept this truth about myself.
I knew I struggled to stay on task because I always had a million ideas floating around in my head, but I just thought that was normal. I’m a creative person and that’s just how our brains work, right?
Well, not quite. It turns out that after multiple tests from both my doctors, I definitely, 110 percent have ADHD combined type.
And honestly? I don’t know how I didn’t recognize it sooner.
For years, I struggled to accomplish simple tasks, such as arriving at school on time or remembering to do my homework. Yet, I was more driven and motivated than most to do well and succeed in the classroom, even if it didn’t always look like it.
I actually remember talking to classmates who weren’t planning for their future and saying things like, “So what’re you going to DO with your life? Like, where are you gonna work, and are you gonna stay in Wayne forever?”
I realize now that probably wasn’t the nicest way to put it, but people with ADHD tend to speak before they think because their minds are racing SO FAST ALL THE TIME.
(This also explains why I was known for being blunt and opinionated. Womp womp.)
I don’t know why I didn’t realize it before, y’all, but I am literally the textbook example of ADHD. It may have taken me 23 years to figure it out, but I finally understand why certain things are harder for me.
It’s not because I am rude, lazy, or incapable.
It’s not because I am unworthy of God’s love.
And it’s definitely not because I am an underachiever.
It’s simply because I have ADHD.
ADHD, like all mental illnesses, has a stigma. I know because I contributed to it.
Since receiving my diagnosis, though, I am now more aware of the issue than ever before.
I’ve only been on this side of the battle for a few months, now, but it’s already so abundantly clear to me that we HAVE to do better, America.
We have to start a conversation, open our mindsets, and implement CHANGE.
And I’m ready for that. 👏👏👏
I’m ready to cultivate a society that openly encourages and promotes the wellbeing of the mind.
I’m ready to educate people about their available resources so that they never have to suffer alone.
I’m ready to speak up and tell others it’s never okay to make fun of, belittle, or quieten mental illness.
I’m ready to save lives so that we never have to lose someone to suicide again.
I’m ready to share the love of Jesus Christ so that healing can begin.
I’m ready to end the stigma.
It is important to me I not only talk the talk, but I also walk the walk by practicing what I preach.
That’s why, as of a few weeks ago, I chose to partner with the Mental Health League.
This is an organization dedicated to CHEERING ON mental illness the same way we do our favorite sports teams.
I have been selected as an ADHBees team captain (cue the cute hat photos you’ve probably been wondering about), and that means I’m responsible for sharing my story, starting a conversation, and providing a voice for our people.
If you want to join my team and support the ADHBees, then you can start by purchasing a team mascot hat here, and 20 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Crisis Text Line.
Then, if you really want to get in on the action, snap a photo of yourself wearing the hat and share your story on social media with the hashtags #MHLGameFace and #thehoneytellerhive.
As their slogan says, “the hive always thrills,” meaning that together, we can work to overcome the stigma.
“Change doesn’t happen overnight — it’s molded by people who don’t give up.” – Mary E. Pearson
I know I’m ready to change America’s mindset, but now the question is, are you?
It’s time to use your voice, share your story, and bee heard.
**The Mental Health League also has three additional teams to choose from, including the Foggy Dogs, Anxietees, and Bipolar Bears.**