Unlike the tv interview on Channel 4 – there was a challenging exchange with outgoing BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour presenter Jane Garvey. When the interviewer offers “I don’t want to be cynical but… ” you know you are not in for an easy ride.
However, anyone with ADHD has heard the arguments and dismissal of ADHD as a genuine mental health issue before, and we are not about to roll over and take the clichés lying down, especially about it being a “gift to big Pharma…” .
I hope the email that presenter Jane Garvey read out from a listener at the end of the interview, which starts at 22 minutes and 24 seconds in, put its importance into context. If people become hermits because they become overwhelmed, they deserve to be valued – not dismissed.
Bella Magazine chose to highlight ADHD in its magazine dated 13 October, by lifting content from the book and adding a “symptom checker”. I liked the photo of the woman with a post-it note on her head. What that had to do with the price of eggs I am not sure – but it looked good.
The piece I wrote for the Daily Telegraph included some detail from my book that has just been published Better Late Than Never about how I had to produce my school reports for my adult ADHD diagnosis. The headline “My messiness exasperated my teachers” was what captured the editors’ interest in this complex disorder.
I hope to add another piece from the Daily Telegraph after an interview with one of their newly diagnosed journalists – who wants to talk to me about sharing common symptoms. Watch this space…
In this final ADHD Lockdown 1 diary, Clarissa Vorfeld offers a Swiss view from across the channel of the new normal with Covid-19 restrictions lifted, while Emma Mahony talks to Dr Jude Smith Rachele in the US about the need to slow down to examine the impace of the #BlackLivesMatter protests.
Here are some memories of VE day from my parents, now 86, remembering the celebrations in their respective towns of Fowey in Cornwall where my grandfather (pictured) was buried in 1944 and Dewsbury in Yorkshire.
As Clarissa gives the timescale for Switzerland coming out of Lockdown, Emma feels hope is on the horizon for the UK as the pandemic plateaus. Andrew St Clair joins from urban Spain to report on easing off there, while Paul Richardson in rural Spain discusses music as solace during isolation, and plays us out with Chopin’s preludes.
Clarissa prepares for the easing of Lockdown with hairsalons in Switzerland, while Emma talks to founding director of the prison charity Fine Cell Work about how they are keeping prisoners occupied and paid with bonuses in their cells – a lesson for us all in mental health.
Emma in the UK loves 99-year-old Captain Tom Moore walking a 100 laps of his garden before his birthday, and raising over £7m for the NHS, while Clarissa in Switzerland welcomes the reopening of schools in Denmark, and talks to Now Teacher Anne-Marie Lawlor about how well Education is faring under lockdown.