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To the Person With ADHD: You are More Than Your Diagnosis

To the person with ADHD,

I’m sure it often feels as though ADHD has become your whole life. It affects just about everything you do. It’s exhausting. People stand in judgment or just don’t understand. I’d be willing to bet there are days when you lose patience with yourself. You’re frustrated and fed up. During those times when you feel as though all you are is your ADHD, remember this: You are so much more than your diagnosis.

You’re a human being, first and foremost.

You have strengths, passions, talents, and gifts.

You’re a mother, father, grandparent, son, daughter, friend, lover, wife, husband, and caregiver.

You have foibles, quirks, and tendencies.

You have intelligence, experience, expertise, wisdom, and insight.

You’ve won and you’ve lost.

Tried and failed and tried again.

You persist.

You’re determined and driven.

You’ve know pain and sorrow but also happiness and joy.

You’re so much stronger than you think you are.

You march to the beat of your own drum.

You do things your own way, in your own time.

ADHD is not who you are. It is only a part of what makes you wonderfully unique.

Embrace it.

Be proud.

Be you.

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To the Person With ADHD: You are More Than Your Diagnosis

Natalia van Rikxoort, MSW, ACC

Natalia van Rikxoort, MSW, ACC is a social worker, ADHD consultant, and certified life coach. Her practice, Lotus Life Coaching Services, provides coaching services for adults, youth, and families impacted by ADD/ADHD and executive function challenges.

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van Rikxoort, N. (2019). To the Person With ADHD: You are More Than Your Diagnosis. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 4, 2020, from


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