Caribbean households are known for obscure nicknames. Growing up, mine was (and still is) Longers. My dad says I was given this name because it took me ages to start doing anything and I was so forgetful as a child. My parents being separated meant that I would move from house to house every weekend, spending some with my grandparents. Between these moves, I’d always forget my phone, keys, purses, clothes, devices. Halfway through driving home I’d inevitably remember some important item I’d left behind. Eventually my dad implemented a system of checking things before I left the house. He’d shout the item and I’d check it off my mental list. “PHONE?” “CHECK!” “KEYS?” “CHECK!” until I was certain I had everything.
“My mind was like a pinball machine without any controls: constant lights, information, actions, and ideas but no motivation to execute them.”
“When you go for the testing, you have to look back on your childhood experiences. I realized just how many times I’ve been failed and how many times I’ve been written off.” – TANYA COMPAS
“Black women have been invisible in healthcare and that has left an imprint, so there was no safe place to really discuss ADHD. Why would you go to a place where you feel your language isn’t understood and you have to edit yourself?”- LORRAINE COLLINS
“Part of my inability to acknowledge my ADHD was because I believed myself to be somewhat of a high achiever.”
“Talking and having support groups is really important for people with ADHD, it provides a fostering of your self-esteem and helps people realize there is nothing wrong with you, there is just a difference in your internal structure.” – LORRAINE COLLINS
“ADHD has given me creative ideas and a fearless spirit that hasn’t let me down yet. I’m being forced to learn and do self-care in a new way, I’m listening to my body and being kinder to myself.”