I Was Masking For So Long, I Lost Myself

…Or maybe I never really figured out who I was

“She doesn’t have her own personality, she just acts like whoever she’s with.”

An observant, but cruel bully said this about me, I think I was about 12 years old at the time. As mean as this classmate was to me, this statement was actually spot on, but it was people like her that contributed to my attempts at blending in that she was now criticizing.

“I don’t suffer from ADHD, I suffer from Other People.”

(Shaw, 2021)

At a time when teens are beginning to find themselves, I was doing my darnedest to lose myself.

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Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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