I decided recently to donate 10% of my profit from print sales to organisations and individuals who are raising awareness and supporting others living with adult ADHD.
'Requiem' is my interpretation of neuro-diversity
It is very personal to me because my wonderfully talented partner was diagnosed three years ago, too late to not have already had a negative impact on his life. My perspective, is that loving someone with ADHD is not hard, but living with them can be. It is challenging and occasionally infuriating, but knowing and understanding the cause helps to re-frame your approach to the negative 'behaviors'.
Dave, my partner, is incredible. Laugh out loud impersonations (particularly like his Game of Thrones characters), plays guitar, drums, sings, produces electronic music, founded and runs an online community radio station (mostly techno) raveone.org and makes connections in the unlikeliest of places :/
The support for adult ADHD is poor. The diagnostic criteria used in this country is out of date; the drugs they prescribe are not suitable for all and useful therapy non-existent. ADHD can affect people in different ways, but the main problem for most is the inability to regulate emotions - an issue which is not even included in the diagnostic criteria. The emotional element has the greatest impact on relationships - with loved ones, work colleagues and family.
Preconceptions about ADHD create stigma, as with many mental health 'diagnoses'. People often describe hyper-activity as being 'a bit ADHD', this is through ignorance of the actual experiences of people with ADHD. There are many campaigning for better awareness, but, as we know, the NHS is struggling, especially in mental health services.
If there was one thing I would say to people when talking about those who are not 'neuro-typical' - don't reduce someone to your version of their 'condition' - it is both limiting and damaging.
In my unscientific opinion humans are neuro-diverse and I believe, one day, that we will stop 'classifying'; become more accepting and appreciative of difference.
You can find out more here (American site - much better informed) https://www.additudemag.com/category/manage-adhd-life/