Hola Sober April 2024

There are two things I have thought about myself for years:

1. I don't drink the way other people do, and I drink too much; 2. I think differently from many people in my life; I am described as quirky. Why talk about my ADHD and alcohol history? Why am I writing about this for a sober magazine? Because I believe my undiagnosed ADHD and my alcohol misuse are undeniably linked, and it's important to talk about it.

My story may also resonate with others.

Years ago, a healthcare professional semi- jokingly said she thought I had ADHD

At that time, we genuinely believed ADHD was just something that 'naughty boys' had. Everyone thought her suggestion was preposterous, But it stayed in the back of my mind for years. When a close family member was diagnosed, the wheels were set in motion for my diagnosis.

Signs of ADHD growing up

As a child, I was described as feisty, determined, dramatic, and funny. I was the comedy act at family gatherings, brave, and tiny, yet would lose my temper and fight anyone. I was very emotional; I once stopped eating for a week because I watched a TV show where a pig was killed and couldn't stop thinking about it.


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