It’s 30 years since the condition was recognised. It is most often associated with children, but more and more grownups are now being diagnosed. Does this help?
Michelle Beckett, a 44-year-old entrepreneur from Harrogate, always knew she was different. But, like many women who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), she did not fit the stereotypical profile of a child with the condition. Beckett’s difficulties would come later in life, when she failed to live up to her academic potential, experienced two failed marriages and had mental health problems.
At 36, Beckett decided to seek help. A neuroscientist in York told her that the results of an EEG – a recording of brain activity – suggested she had ADHD. “I dismissed his diagnosis as rubbish,” she says. “How could I have ADHD? I was just [being] crap and needed to sort myself out.”
Over the years, I started to assume I was just lazy
I will step over piles of urgent laundry to complete my pointless DIY project