I know you are all wondering, “Who is this girl who became woke?”. We use that word a lot these days, don’t we? In this situation, I use it to mean “Aware of”. To realize. To come to reality with the facts.
What were the facts? I am not stupid. I am not an addict. I am not weird. I am not insensitive. I am not impatient. I am not unruly. I am not “driven by a motor” and I am definitely not crazy! (Ok, maybe a little )
For a long time, I thought I was. I thought I was a reprobate. I put myself down, until I went to Chiromo Lane Medical Center Bustani branch (I prefer to use the words forcefully taken, but oh well, no regrets). There, I learnt a lot about myself that I never knew.
I met this remarkable man, Dr. Njenga, together with his beautiful team at Bustani. They helped me understand myself better than I ever have. You’d think you know yourself well until you meet these souls. Haha, it’s actually quite funny.
The funniest part of it all, was the day I sat down in Dr. Njenga’s office, a week after my admission. We were having a chat about my past life and encounters and the reason I went to Bustani. He asked me if I knew what ADHD was and I told him the little I knew. We had a short chat about it then he smiled and asked me, “Do you think you have any of those symptoms?”. I am not exaggerating when I say, my life flashed right before my eyes and I understood why a smile had come right before that question.
Well, I guess it’s about time I said it. I am a diagnosed ADHD patient. ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is a condition marked by persistent inattention, hyperactivity, and sometimes impulsivity.
Imagine, 7 out of 10 percent of children are known to have this condition. Some symptoms are read off as the children being unruly. Either because of boredom or impulsivity, both of which are common with this condition, they can go out of their way to cause drama in any way, that can lead to punishments, suspensions, expulsions, drug abuse, just to name a few.
.Creating awareness on ADHD is of paramount importance. But guess what? Why not do it in a fun way? Let’s start this journey together on ADHD awareness. A few relatable stories maybe? I’ll write and all you have to do is read. Not that hard, yes? Hope my blogs from now henceforth enlighten you all as we work towards creating awareness on Mental Health.