By Jeff Emmerson
Today’s post makes total sense to me, but it was also an eye-opener, one that society needs to become aware of. Anxiety, depression and other possible conditions can easily present themselves during a life with ADHD. As I read last week, we’ve got a 6 times greater chance of a co-existing condition than those without ADHD. How important is this? Critical! After my near-suicide in 2011, I became painfully aware of what anxiety and depression were doing to my life. I finally saw the light: the behaviours I repeated every week were driving me to a gradual demise through self-sabotage. I ended up trying to hang myself, I’d had SO much frustration because of the God-damned adult ADHD I was battling, and it was time to end the “racing machine” in my head – suicide would finally put a permanent end to it! But then, I saved myself, and now I use that fierce determination to help raise adult ADHD awareness worldwide.
The hard part is getting diagnosed to start with, that is where 90% of people who actually have this condition are still in the dark. From there, awareness can be awakened as far as “what the heck are the other possible condition(s) I’m dealing with?” is concerned. The whole point of my working so hard to raise awareness and finish my up-coming memoir is to open eyes across the world so that the ignorance through a sheer lack of knowledge can gradually come to an end. Just the other day, I actually had a medical doctor say “I hope you overcome your ADHD, and let others know it isn’t contagious.” – What the hell? I still hope that wasn’t actually a doctor on Twitter, because that was an absolutely retarded thing to say to put it very mildly. Jesus, I thought to myself – “I have many years of work to do!”
Comic relief aside (that DID really happen, though), if you or someone you know has adult ADHD, please beware that there may be a co-existing disorder in your midst, one that may still be in disguise as ADHD. The more we raise awareness, the more lives will be saved, and the better people will live those lives with the education they need to truly prosper by managing any negative symptoms and making the most of their passions! That’s exactly what I’m doing now, and I promise not to stop as long as I’m breathing! This mission to build awareness for adults battling ADHD has given me a whiole new direction in my life – one which is so hugely rewarding and in honor of my brother Ryan, as well as my own near-death experience. Once you look death in the eye and sit right beside each other for a few moments, you’re changed forever. That I can tell you very clearly. I said no to death that day, thank God. Now, I’m going to help others to have their own version of an “awakening” through awareness, a diagnosis, and hope for an entirely new life, knowing what they will as a result of having their eyes opened.