• Defying Gravity: Life Changes

    Flying high image

    Defying Gravity

    Something has changed within me
    Something is not the same
    I’m through with playing by the rules
    Of someone else’s game
    Too late for second-guessing
    Too late to go back to sleep
    It’s time to trust my instincts
    Close my eyes and leap

    It’s time to try
    Defying gravity
    I think I’ll try
    Defying gravity
    And you can’t pull me down…

    Lyrics from Defying Gravity, out of the musical Wicked.
    Lyrics and music by Stephen Schwartz
    Photo by Recovering Sick Soul
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  • [ADHD Adolescent and Adult]

    Hello, my name is Michelle and I have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

    The Beginning

    Diagnosed, labelled, and forever branded. In 1978, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the psychiatrists and doctors pronounced that I had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. That was long before ADHD/ADD was fashionable even in North America. My diagnosis involved my being hospitalized for several months in the childrens’ ward of the University of Alberta hospital while doctors, psychologists, and psychiatrists tried to figure out what was “wrong” with me. They arrived at a diagnosis of ADHD only after eliminating everything else they could think of, including schizophrenia. At the time, ADHD, while known in Canada, was not often diagnosed, and it was very uncommon for it to be diagnosed in females.

    What was I like before being diagnosed? Let me take you on a flashback vignette tour.

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