From time to time, I receive criticism for the phrasing that I use to describe ADHD people.
I use “people with ADHD” and “ADHD people” interchangeably. But, honestly, I prefer to describe myself as “an ADHD person,” not as “a person having ADHD” or “a person with ADHD.” I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis –it is a disease that is attacking my body, but it is not who I am. I don’t really “have” ADHD because it is not a disease. It is part of who I am, part of my genetics –just like green eyes and brown hair are part of my genetics. It is not a disease that needs to be eradicated. It is just a different way that my brain developed.
But, regardless of whether or not you agree with my reasoning, basically it comes down to this:
As an ADHD person, I get to decide how I prefer to describe myself. Continue reading “Adhd and Self-identity: Read This Before You Comment”