Meet my friend, Katy Rollins.
Many of us are older than the name Attention Deficit Awareness Disorder or ADHD. Many of us predate even the name ADD. Personally, I’m so ancient I go all the way back to the time of Minimal Brain Dysfunction … though I was not diagnosed with that.
In fact, while many of us were around for these changes, a very large percentage of us were in the dark when it came to our own mental health.
My guest today is a sparky young woman who is missing a couple of decades of life in comparison to me. She has known of her ADHD for a while, and she gives every appearance of having embraced it. Not in a loving way, but in a “This is my life and I’m not going to waste it!” way.
That doesn’t mean that having ADHD is an easy road, you know that, and I know that. And over three of the next four blog posts, our good friend Katy Rollins is going to confirm that she also knows that.
Some of you may already know Katy from her blog, 18 Channels. If you don’t, check it out.
Katy has a lot to say, and some of the thoughts she has offered to share are deep, so lets dive in to the first two questions I wanted to ask her, shall we?
Katy Rollins Q&A
Tell me about your first realization that you were different.
I am actually positive that both of my parents and my one sibling also have ADHD (one parent is undergoing assessment right now, in fact) so I don’t think I really stood out as overly different until I went to school. I mean I had my quirks all along but I fit in pretty well with my family. I can’t remember any one moment…it was more a gradual process of realization and horror (haha) once I hit the outside world. Everything about me felt friction with the rest of the world, however. I didn’t act out though, I was more likely to act in, and was often very anxious and/or depressed as a child, once I was in school. I don’t remember feeling that way until I had to go to a proper grade school.
So if you had to distill this I’d say “grade school”. That’s when I figured out I was weird!
If you were confronted with the opportunity to tell someone they might look into a diagnosis for themselves, would you?
Yes. I would and in fact, I have! It’s important to be tactful and respectful about it, and they might not agree with you…but I think it’s important to speak up when you see someone struggling.
I was immediately impressed with Katy’s tenacity, a quality I admire, and one I often find in ADHDers. Katy’s is rather well developed, even for one of us.
I know we’ve only covered two questions, but we’re going to leave off here for today. Katy has lots more insights for us, so let’s mull over these answers and get ready for Friday’s post when we’ll ask her about some insights that diagnosis has given her. So stay tuned for part two, The Dawn Of ADHD Awareness: Taking Off The Rose Colored Glasses.