Iridescent Minds started because Leah wanted to do what she could to overcome the stereotypes of ADHD that prevent so many people getting diagnosis until later in life.
It all started with the #iamadhd awareness campaign. Leah wanted to share the stories of 50 women with ADHD and was overwhelmed by the number of people who wanted to take part.
There’s a lot of work to be done, and the fight is disheartening at times… but all of the messages and stories from people who the article has impacted just reminds us how important this is.
We’d love your support, so do share the article, you never know who in your friends list might need to read it.
If you want to join our Facebook group, we’d love to have you. No diagnosis needed.
If you have time or skills to offer, please get in touch. We don’t have any funding at the moment, so every little helps!
Watch this space for more on the #iamadhd campaign this year.
Hypnotherapist Leah Leaves was diagnosed two years ago at the age of 43.
‘I describe ADHD as my brain being like Internet Explorer — I have lots of tabs open. I can’t focus much energy on one thing at a time,’ says the mother-of-one from Plymouth.
When she started work — in pharmaceutical sales — she says she was terrible at organising herself. ‘I’d spend ages on a presentation and forget to take it with me.
‘When it came to relationships, my impulsivity meant I didn’t make good choices. I’d overlook the red flags.
‘Years of feeling like a failure meant when my marriage ended, when my daughter was seven, I ended up blaming myself.’
After a family member was diagnosed with autism, Leah began to think there might be a connection and paid £350 for a consultation with a private psychiatrist, who diagnosed ADHD. While she was relieved to get the diagnosis, she also suffered unexpectedly from grief, too.
‘Children who are diagnosed now with ADHD are given so much support and help but I wasn’t given anything,’ she says.
Leah is now determined that other people suffering from ADHD, who might fall through the ‘gender gap’ when it comes to diagnosis, get the help they need.
She has set up a not-for-profit organisation (at iridescentminds.org) and has plans to have a dedicated online support hub mainly for women.
‘Something needs to change, and we are the people to do it.’
Here’s how you can support us
The easiest way (which is also free!) is to follow us on Social. You can also spread the word by using the hashtag: #iamadhd and tagging us in your posts.
We’re raising money to be able to build the world’s first support hub dedicated to ADHD women. Even £1/$1 can make a difference. Please visit our crowdfunder below.
We need more research on the female type experiences of ADHD, or the impact of ADHD in women+. You can help by completing this survey.