I’ve been thinking a lot about the word stigma. It implies a stain, something to be ashamed of and/or disgraced by.
Why is this the word most associated with a unique way of being in the world? It’s a rhetorical question (ish). But it comes up a lot around anyone with a neurodivergent brain.
After discovering I have ADHD in mid-November — just before my 53rd birthday, — I’ve been deep in research mode, trying to understand the myriad ways my brain works differently.
I knew right from the jump that I wanted to be part of breaking down the ridiculous and archaic labels that keep people silenced and ashamed of their ADHD brains.
When I posted an Instagram video about it, my old friend and colleague Jordan Lane reached out, telling me he has also realized in mid-life that his brain works in unique and mysterious ways.
We got to talking and decided to start a podcast, unpacking our experiences.
You can find it right here.
We’re already hearing from folks that are feeling seen for the first time and it’s deeply gratifying.
If you think you might have ADHD or know and love someone who does, these conversations might help. And if you’d like to share your story, we’d love to hear from you.