While I was away some great projects started brewing at ADDA! As always, we’re excited to share them with you. First, however, a word on this edition’s theme: CONNECTION.
At ADDA, we believe very strongly in the power of connection to heal, support, re-energize, and inspire. We’re in the process of refreshing and rebuilding our content library to provide educational resources and validating stories, but we have found that the biggest advantage to ADDA membership is being part of a group of people who really GET IT.
Most adults with ADHD have had painful experiences of disconnection, judgement, and isolation as a result of their differences.
Many feel like they have to pretend to be someone they’re not to “pass” for neurotypical just to get by.
It is common for adults with ADHD to say that few people know about their diagnosis because they have faced dismissal, criticism or rejection in response to disclosure in the past. You know the story:
- “You can’t have ADHD, you’re too smart!”
- “ADHD is a myth, everyone gets distracted!”
- “You’re just too much for me sometimes. I wish you’d try harder.”
If we had a dime for every time we heard these painful stories, we’d stop asking you for donations. These stories pain us, too, and that’s why we are so committed to providing a safe, accepting environment that fosters connection and hope. We are doing just that with several new virtual peer support groups that are starting (or re-starting) this month.
No matter what, I encourage you to ask yourself how you can begin to build opportunities for connection with like-minded individuals. It’s worth asking yourself what “like-minded individuals” means to you and then brainstorming available resources that may lead to community and connection. If you feel apprehensive, ask yourself if the worst-case scenario is probable (not possible). And then: leap!
But first, remember to believe in yourself.
Michelle Frank, Psy.D.
ADDA Vice President, Editor