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TikToker Dani Donovan tells us sharing her struggles with the neurological disorder on social media has helped her find and create a thriving community and support system for her and others dealing with the sometimes life-altering disorder.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Ho explains people with ADHD can struggle with inattention, focus, concentration, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. She also notes individuals with ADHD can be at higher risk for issues like depression and anxiety.
Dani says she was not diagnosed with ADHD until he was 21 and explains it has affected her career life, including getting fired, along with her personal life and friendships. Since sharing her experiences with ADHD on TikTok, Dani says she has been contacted by numerous people who have told her they never realized they too were suffering from the neurological disorder until they found her content. She says she is overjoyed with the amount of positive attention and feedback she has received with her funny and educational content.
Are you questioning if you have undiagnosed ADHD? Dr. Judy says these are the possible signs in adults.
- Severe procrastination
- Falling behind on deadlines
- Starting a task and not being unable to finish it
- Negatively impacted relationships as a result of these behaviors, like being told you do not listen or being spaced out during conversations
- Difficulty following the plot or content of a book, movie, or show or staying engaged while with others
Dr. Judy says if you are experiencing these issues to seek out a professional to determine the right type of treatment.