Girls & Women with ADHD: The Damage of Mis(s)perception

Whenever I come across a video like this, I do my best to share it with the women and girls in my life. Often we are our harshest critics, nitpicking over freckles, lines, bumps, breaks, and bruises–the changes that shame our bodies over time.

If only we could see through another's eyes, we would know ourselves truly and more positively.

When a corporation lends its support to a cause, I can't help but roll my eyes. It usually seems so contrived. But when a company like Dove creates a moment like this and spreads it through the digital grapevine, I have to share it in support. With Real Beauty Sketches, Dove imagines “a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety.” That rings true with me as someone who has suffered with her own doubts and concerns. After all, beauty is something we all grapple with–men and women alike. What I find moving about this project is how it exposes women to their own beauty.

How? By simply asking them to compare what they see vs. what they display for the world:

Although all women can benefit from this campaign, women with ADHD–who are prone to anxiety– need that extra tap on the shoulder. Often we find it difficult to be at peace with ourselves. In The Atlantic Wire’s “It's Different for Girls with ADHD,” Maria Yagoda writes, “Often, women who are finally diagnosed with ADHD in their twenties or beyond have been anxious or depressed for years.”

Diagnosis and treatment are critical steps toward finding your inner calm. But sharing your stories is equally important. I hope this blog can serve as a community for the trials and triumphs we all endure, and, with the Girls and Women with ADHD series, to spread awareness about the fairer sex’s experiences with ADHD.

Let us leave off with this final quote from Yagoda:
"While I’m certain I’ll continue to misplace and forget objects, I have discovered the virtues of a little self-love, a lot of self-forgiveness, and even using different drawers to store different things."
For photographs of the “Real Beauty Sketches” check out this link from the Huffington Post: Dove's 'Real Beauty Sketches' Ad Campaign Tells Women 'You're More Beautiful Than You Think.’

Look at those schnozes. What do you see?
How do you perceive your closest female friends and family members? Do you see beauty in them that they can’t see for themselves? Comment below or send me a note at WriteToJulianna.