STRENGTHEN OUR VOICE, BY ADDING YOURS...
Did you know that stories have the ability to inform, inspire and change peoples perceptions. We engage with stories everyday - in books, magazines, television, movies and through our personal interactions.
There are many benefits to opening up and sharing your story with others and it can be quite powerful:
Stories can leave a lasting impression with someone who could potentially carry it with them for the rest of their lives. Sharing a story may be healing for you, pushing you to move beyond what may be holding you back in life. In owning and sharing your own story you may be the voice for others who do not have the same level of comfort to share their story, but which might reflect a shared experience. Wisdom from experience can help to strengthen others and it may also give them the courage to begin sharing their story.
Although everyone’s experience is different it is often helpful to read other people’s stories. By sharing personal stories about living with a mental illness we can increase community understanding and reduce stigma and discrimination.
The stories below are the personal experiences of people who are living with ADHD and associated conditions. LADS also encourages parents, partners, family and friends to share their experiences of providing support to someone they care about.
These personal stories provide a first-hand look at the challenges and triumphs associated with living with ADHD/LD and provide insight into the different ways each of us seek to learn, strive and thrive.
Share your story
Sharing your story can be an opportunity to download your thoughts and feelings, help others by providing hope and encouragement, and also help to bust myths and challenge misconceptions around ADHD/LD.
If you are stuck on where to start we have provided an easy to use structure, based on your experiences with LADS. This is a starting point from which to explore and may help you to find your inner voice.
No one else has walked in your shoes, had the same life experiences as you and viewed them in the same way as you have. For this reason your story has the ability to change peoples perceptions of ADHD/LD.