We were so pleased to see a National newspaper sharing the story of one of our #iamadhd movement contributors!
Hear Katie’s real life story of living with ADHD.
Kate is part of our community working with us to raise awareness and support adults, mainly women, with ADHD, particularly those who don’t present the stereotypical symptoms.
Leah’s aim when she started the #iamadhd movement was to ask 50 women from across the UK to share their stories about living with ADHD. In a short space of time she had over 300 short stories. The aim was to highlight the gender inequality that exists in ADHD.
Leah says: “Women with ADHD are usually diagnosed later in life, and aren’t spotted at school because they are less disruptive in general than their male counterparts.
“There is not enough research around ADHD in women or adults. I am tired of hearing people being let down and ignored. Women with ADHD go on to face problems around financial difficulty, problems in employment, relationship difficulties, risky behaviour, some of the stories are heartbreaking.
“Campaigners say that 24% of women with ADHD will attempt to take their own lives in their lifetime compared to 3% of women without ADHD and 9% of men with ADHD.
“In the UK support and diagnosis for adults with ADHD is patchy – some of our members report long waiting lists and in some cases there is nothing available at all. I had to go private to get my diagnosis.”
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.
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