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How to Regain Confidence: The Power Struggle of ADHD and Self-Esteem 

In order to have a more neurodiverse inclusive and welcoming community, we must understand that ADHDers are not characteristically flawed and do not choose their neurodiversity.


By Izabella Helbin



Within many communities, there are high reports of bullying and blame towards those with ADHD. It is often heard that those with ADHD simply need to ‘try harder’, ‘it’s not that difficult’ and that ‘you are choosing to act this way’. These claims are simply incorrect. Hate and blame will not make ADHD traits disappear. The only possible outcome from those phrases is a drop in self-esteem. 


Current research shows that individuals with ADHD tend to have lower self-esteem than their neurotypical peers.


This can be due to: 


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