Adam Levine the lead singer from US band Maroon 5 came out about being ADHD, back in June this year. He has since also made adverts for medication that is licensed in the US. ADHD is something that is definitely misunderstood in the UK, it is still mainly associated with children that misbehave in class and who through things at teachers and are more likely to be violent and aggressive to their peers. This in some cases is the case, but this idea is what comes from the media and documentaries that have been shown on TV.
Another celebrity that has come out about being ADHD is the UKs impressionist Rory Bremner. This was done through a radio program entitled ADHD and ME, originally broadcast on Mon 23 May 2011. This documentary was really interesting, as it allowed you to hear the different perspectives of people who choose to medicate and those who do not. Sometimes however even if you choose that you want to get medicated, it can take a long while.
At the time of the broadcast for the Bremner program, there was a years waiting list at the Maudsley Hospital London. At the time of this post it has gone down to 9 months. Still, after the full diagnosis, and you require CBT specifically for ADHD along with medication, due to other mental health issues that can be a result of many years of not having a diagnosis; then your in for another years wait. Come on UK Gov!!! Stop spending money on wars, and fancy cars for MPs, spend the money on the NHS and Education. That way the UK can be healthy and educated and the minority of people who are neurodiverse, don’t have their lives thrown in the bin; as they may have ended up in prison or another institution for essentially thinking differently. How many of these people who have ended up excluded in these ways, could have been those who have found and included themselves by finding and utilizing their talents.