From Coping to Thriving: New Ways to Understand ADHD

There's a lot of confusion about ADHD. Will a new awareness of neurodiversity help remove some of the stigma?

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(Anika Orrock for The Washington Post)

(Anika Orrock for The Washington Post)

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, is a neurological condition that affects at least 4 percent of Americans – but there’s so much confusion about what it means and how it impacts everyday life. On social media, millions of people are trying to spread awareness and find connection by posting videos about their own experiences.

We increasingly have a better appreciation of neurodiversity and are learning that while ADHD can make it difficult to pay attention and manage tasks, it can also be a source of creativity and original thinking. Difference, it turns out, does not mean disability.

We talk with neuropsychologist David Nowell (@davidnowell) about diagnosing ADHD and helping people live with it. And, cartoonist Anika Orrock (@anikadrawls) on what she discovered in the 20 years since her diagnosis.

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