ADHD Post-Lockdown diaries: Asking for Help

At the beginning of October’s ADHD Awareness month, we posted this podcast to remind people that there’s no shame in asking for help if you have this complex neuro-developmental disorder. In fact, we believe it can be key to making your life, career and relationships a success, so try making it a habit. All too often people with ADHD think they “should” be able to function in the same way as everyone else, and so try harder, leading to burn out or dropping out in an effort to keep up. All along, if they just asked for help occasionally instead, they would have more time for the things where they are really good at – and let their creativity shine through. We think this message is so important that we are going to close ADHD Awareness month with this thought. After all, what’s the point of having a diagnosis if you don’t use it to get more help?

To close ADHD Awareness month, Author, journalist and Now Teacher Emma Mahony and Broadcaster Clare Catford talk about the importance of asking for help.

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Lena Bellina – what an amazing woman. Keep writing – one book is not enough on this important subject – there are many more out there who will be helped along the way. I applaud your courage!

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In December I wrote a post about my achievements in 2020.

https://lenabellina.wordpress.com/2020/12/31/pride-after-a-fall-or-the-highs-and-lows-of-2020/

It was a bit cryptic and I made reference to a new piece of information that I had come upon that had helped me to understand myself a bit better.

I am now in a position to say that the information was a diagnosis of ADHD.

At 51 years old, I have finally found some more answers to my life-long feelings of “otherness” and restlessness.

After diagnosis, I wrote a letter to my closest friends explaining what I had found out and shared some of the reasons for me seeking diagnosis:

* the fact that I was very close to burning out, having tried to fit in and keep going over many years in spite of the immense effort of trying to manage and keep a lid on hyperactivity, poor focus regulation and impulsivity

* the fact that…

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