Feeling frazzled by all the information, overstimulated yet under-productive and scattered? You’re not alone. According to a 2021 meta-analysis published in the Journal of Global Health, adult ADHD was long thought of as a childhood neurodevelopmental condition that kids would grow out of. But—cultural swerve alert—in the past decade, an increased cultural sensitivity to adult neurodivergence has led to a re-assessment of just how many grown-ups have this condition, too (more than 366 million adults worldwide estimated in 2020).
ADHD—that’s attention deficit hyperactivity disorder—can be formally diagnosed by a primary care physician or a clinical psychologist, when a parent or patient complains of the condition’s typical symptoms. Inability to concentrate, inability to sit still and impulsivity are the tells, and they can negatively impact a person’s education, social relationships and career trajectory. So who would ever want to step up as having this diagnostic label, one that carries with it stigma of being neurodivergent? We spoke with Kelly Grady, 29, a Seattle-based pediatric speech language pathologist, for insight into how she welcomes her later-in-life diagnosis—and how she integrates management of ADHD into her life.