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Over one million—or an estimated one in 20—Australians have ADHD. Many of them are unable to access healthcare and supports that they need. This has had lifelong impacts on them and their families, including on their self-esteem, health, relationships, education, employment and financial situation.

WHO
AM I?

We often find ourselves pondering life's big questions along our journey. Some have a clear picture, others struggle to understand.

Around the time of my 48th birthday, my son was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). During this transformative period, my wife and I were asked a straightforward yet eye-opening question by our son's doctor: "Did you know that ADHD is often genetic and it can run in families?" This question was swiftly followed by an enlightening statement: "Its hereditary influence is known to be comparable to something as inheritable as height, estimated at around 80%. There's also compelling evidence to suggest that some people never grow out of it". 

In that moment, my life story flashed before my eyes, and the grand question of "WHO AM I" had finally found its answer. Fast forward six months from that revelation, I too received an ADHD diagnosis.

The inception of this website occurred roughly 2-3 months into my personal journey of self-discovery about ADHD. This voyage of understanding brought me closer to my true self, and I realised that my experience was far from unique. There may be countless other adults in similar situations. Some might already be aware of their condition and managing it well with support, while others could be entirely oblivious or underestimate its impact on their lives and the lives of those around them.
 

I often found myself asking intriguing questions:
 

  • Why did I impulsively buy that car, boat, motorbike, or caravan?

  • Why was I constantly misplacing my phone, wallet, car keys, forgetting people's names, and failing to remember recent conversations?

  • Why couldn't I sit still without fidgeting, unwind by the pool on vacations, enjoy reading a book, or remain stationary while talking on my mobile phone?

  • Why did I persistently struggle with self-doubt, a lack of confidence, the inability to focus on essential tasks, and constant distraction?

 

Upon reflection, it is now evident that these questions were all symptoms of ADHD, although I remained unaware of it.

If this resonates with you or someone you know, you've come to the right place.

 

Click here to delve deeper into understanding ADHD.

WHO AM I

Our Goal

"Reduce stigma, connect, inspire, and provide support to others in the wider ADHD community.

WHAT

IS ADHD?
 

ADHD stands for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. It is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects both children and adults. ADHD is characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that can interfere with daily functioning and quality of life.

 

There are three main subtypes of ADHD:

  1. Predominantly Inattentive Presentation: Individuals with this subtype have difficulty sustaining attention, following through on tasks, and staying organized. They may appear forgetful and easily distracted.

  2. Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation: People with this subtype exhibit hyperactivity and impulsive behavior, such as difficulty sitting still, interrupting others, and acting without thinking about the consequences.

  3. Combined Presentation: This subtype includes symptoms of both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity.

ADHD can have a significant impact on various aspects of life, including academic and work performance, relationships, and self-esteem. It often begins in childhood and can persist into adulthood. The exact cause of ADHD is not fully understood but is believed to involve a combination of genetic, neurological, and environmental factors.

Treatment for ADHD typically includes a combination of behavioral interventions, psychoeducation, and, in some cases, medication. Stimulant medications like methylphenidate and amphetamine are commonly prescribed to help manage the symptoms of ADHD by increasing focus and reducing impulsivity. Non-stimulant medications and various forms of therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, may also be used to support individuals with ADHD. The specific treatment plan is tailored to the individual's needs and can vary based on their age and the severity of their symptoms.

 

It's important to consult with a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan if you suspect you or someone you know may have ADHD.

WHAT IS ADHD

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WHAT
WE DO?

ADHD Forever, is dedicated to raising awareness and providing unwavering support for individuals affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). We're driven by an unwavering passion to make a difference in the lives of those grappling with ADHD. Our primary goal is to offer a lifeline by providing a wealth of resources, information, and practical tools to those seeking answers, even if they find themselves in the midst of a bewildering and overwhelming journey.

We firmly believe in the power of sharing personal stories, both our own and those of others. Through these narratives, we aim to dispel misconceptions about ADHD and provide insights that can enlighten, inspire, and support our community. Our mission is to cultivate a welcoming space where people can come together, find solace, and deepen their understanding of a condition that is often misunderstood.

Our mission revolves around empowering our community to rediscover their self-worth, self-belief, self-confidence, and self-compassion. Caring for oneself is one of the greatest challenges we face. At times, it can feel nearly impossible, and we may grow immensely frustrated with our own actions or the lack thereof. We tend to fixate on our shortcomings and frequently feel disheartened by our contributions.

Our aim is to guide fellow ADHD individuals, their friends, family members, and loved ones in overcoming the unique challenges they encounter.

We take immense pride in providing an open, non-judgmental platform for those affected by ADHD to learn, share, and connect. If you're seeking an understanding and supportive community to navigate this journey, ADHD Forever is the haven you've been searching for.

WHAT WE DO
OUR FRIENDS

"ADHD is often genetic and it can run in families" - "Some people  never grow out of it".

My Sons Doctor in October 2022

OUR
TEAM

Currently, I run a one-person operation, based in my home office in East Fremantle, Western Australia. However, reflecting on this statement, I've come to realise that I'm not merely a "one-man" operation. I'm an integral part of the thriving "ADHD Forever" community. As awareness about this condition's impact on adults continues to grow, I believe our team will also expand.

I've personally curated all the content, resources, and links on this website. My journey has involved countless hours of extensive research, including reading articles, consulting medical experts, watching informative videos, and engaging with individuals who, like me, are adults living with ADHD.

It's worth noting that current estimates indicate that approximately 5-7% of the adult population in Australia has ADHD, with less than 2% receiving a formal diagnosis. This means that around 500,000 people in Australia may not have received the necessary treatment or support.

Many among this group may still have limited knowledge about ADHD and how it affects their lives. I'm certain that a large portion of this group will be struggling with inadequate support or guidance, silently enduring their challenges, or simply unable to access help for themselves, a loved one, or a friend. I know this because I was in a similar situation.

I've also experienced the frustration of being on an extensive waiting list for what felt like an eternity, all the while knowing internally that I had ADHD. I fully understand the desperation for answers, the need for comprehensive information, and the day-to-day struggles that can lead to a deep sense of frustration due to the lack of reliable support and information.

Through our website and our community, we aim to make this journey more manageable and alleviate the burdens of waiting.

 

STATISTICS 
& FACTS

5-7%

ADULT's BELIEVED TO
HAVE ADHD

2-3%

ARE BEING
TREATED

1-2%

STILL
UN-DIAGNOSED

 

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POETRY

POETRY

Weighed Down

A Poem By Me - 07/11/2023

 

Shame, a heavy burden we bear,

A weight that's hard for a child to share.

Small handfuls in pockets, like hidden tears,

Innocence lost, adding to your fears.

Pockets deep, trousers seldom washed,

A caustic mixture, into them squashed.

With time, the load becomes too great,

A backpack worn, a heavy fate.

 

In childhood days, the shame did cling,

Sprinkles, cupfuls, like a song they'd sing.

Bags of burden, too heavy to hold,

Weighing you down, turning hearts cold.

 

Schoolwork lost, lunch box misplaced,

As the shame grows, you feel disgraced.

At home, others carry their own load,

Handbags of secrets, in silence they're stowed.

 

You fling yours aside, pay it no heed,

But it's always there, an unwanted seed.

Morning comes, you fill up your tanks,

Dressing up, in silent thanks.

 

Velcro shoes, no laces to tie,

You search for your backpack, wondering why.

It feels lighter, but it's still there,

Counting spoonfuls, the weight to bear.

 

In class, you hang it on a hook,

Empty your pockets, a careful look.

Will they be like that at 3 pm

Or does the pattern repeat 

Again and again 

If you or a loved one are having difficulty with deteriorating mental health or risk issues, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636  or HeadSpace on 1800 650 890 - Alternatively present to an Emergency department.

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