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Posted On: 27th Jan 2016

See Past ADHD

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Young person from Fixers film

A young woman, who couldn’t control her outbursts as a child because she has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has told Fixers of the prejudice she faced growing up.

 

Diagnosed at just three-years-old, Niamh Hegarty (20) says she was dismissed by those who mistook her condition for naughty behaviour.

 

She’s now campaigning to challenge negative stereotypes of people with ADHD and show that they’re no less capable than anyone else.

 

Niamh, of Desertmartin in Magherafelt, says: ‘As a kid, I was always very hyper and would get excited by everything.

  

‘At school, people just thought I was acting out for the fun of it, but it was something I couldn’t really help.

 

‘My medication does calm me down, but I was often told I would never amount to anything, which was hard to take.

 

‘I want people with ADHD to be proud of who they are and for society to take those who have the condition seriously.’

 

With the help of Fixers, she has produced a film to raise more awareness.

 

The satirical piece encourages people to look beyond outdated views of ADHD and see that it’s a real condition which affects many people.

 

Watch the film ADHD at the top of this page.

 

 

Niamh says: ‘I think the film does a great job of getting our message across.

 

‘Having ADHD shouldn’t make it okay for people to treat you differently.

 

‘I’m proud of who I am and embrace my differences, which is what I want others to do.’

 

Niamh plans to share the film in local schools and colleges.

 

She adds: ‘I want as many people to see it as possible, but particularly youngsters.

 

‘If this campaign can change peoples’ negative perceptions and promote better understanding of those with ADHD then I’d be happy.’

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

Author: N. Farooq

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