She was 3 when it started.
“I was always distracted and could never carry on a conversation because i would change the subject every 3 sentences”
Isabel went on to get diagnosed with ADHD. 11% of children aged 4-17 are diagnosed with ADHD( http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html). So why is is so stigmatized?
People with ADHD are often thought of as “wild” or “unmanageable”. They are looked down upon because they are different.
It is difficult for kids with ADHD to focus. This makes school tough for them. It is also tough on them because of bullying and having a hard time making friends.
Isabel was “Always distracted even though i had no friends because i was always bullied for my ADHD i was always finding a way not to pay attention”
Making friends is hard for everyone, but for a child with ADHD, it is even harder. They are bullied for being “hyper”, and are not looked at as if they are a person, just like them.
Many people think that ADHD is just being hyper. While hyperactivity is a big part of it, there is much more to it. It also includes inattention and impulsivity.
Isabel has the perfect way to describe ADHD-
“ADHD:Born with too many colors for this black and white world”
While some people with ADHD think of it as a burden, Blu has some things to say about that:
“You are not your illness
You have and individual story to tell.
You have a name”
ADHD does not make you any less of a person. You still do the same things, and live the same way as everyone else, maybe just a little more hyperactive, inattentive, and impulsive. For Isabel , she says “I draw and color in adult coloring books” How many of you all like to do that? I bet a lot.
I am not saying that people with ADHD are like everyone else. They have their own personalities. Each one is different, in their own special way.
People make fun of ADHD a lot. Calling themselves it when they can’t focus one time. ADHD is a real disorder with real people living with it. They do not deserve the stigma put on them.
We all need to say things to our past selves. What would Blu say? He says “Don’t take it personal”
That is good advice. There is no reason to take anything said to you personal. It is the person who is at fault, for making fun of you.
When asked if there was anything else she wanted to say to people with ADHD, she said “love you fam I guess”. Good to see her sharing his love for the community she belongs to.
Isabel is an inspiration to all, as are all of the ADHD community. Be patient with them. Be gentle. Be kind. Be like you would be to anybody else.