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Patience, late bloomers, and ADHD
Adult diagnosis of ADHD is, by all our evidence on this show, an enormously liberating thing. We learn so much about ourselves, put a clear and cogent frame around our experience, that we can truly change the way we relate to the world around us. There’s baggage that comes to this experience late in life, however: many of us live in a culture that puts outsized value on achievement and success in the young. There’s a brewing conversation on the value of late bloomers, particularly but not exclusively in the US, and it’s time to talk about the values that come along with blooming late — and what other late bloomers can learn from those who’ve been blooming late with ADHD all along.
Welcome to the club, late bloomers. Glad to have you.
Links & Notes
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- Rich Karlgaard on WAMC
- Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement by Rich Karlgaard
- Why Late Bloomers are Undervalued — TEDxFargo
- Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg
Through Taking Control: The ADHD Podcast, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright strive to help listeners with support, life management strategies, and time and technology tips, dedicated to anyone looking to take control of their lives in the face ADHD.