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Thread: This week, we’re talking about disability-related minority stress and highlighting the disabled academics advancing this area of research.

What is minority stress?

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Minority stress is defined as chronic stress experienced by members of stigmatized minority groups due to marginalization, objectification, discrimination, and internalized stigma among others.

2/ Graphic titled Minority Stress with a light blue background
Minority stress has been linked to both mental and physical health disparities, including hypertension, diabetes, anxiety, substance abuse, depression, suicidality, and adverse birth outcomes.

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#ADHD and meds is a weird relationship. I have ADHD and forget to get my refills sometimes. To a neurotypical person fixing this involves just calling their doc a day late fixes the problem. To someone with ADHD like mine the problem starts before I forget.

#askadhd
The first problem is the disability tax involved. I can't just get a prescription with automatic refills and see my doc every six months or every year. Each and every time I need meds I have to physically go to his office.
I have to pee in a cup to make sure I'm taking my meds. I have to pay for labs and an office visit. I have insurance so it's not a financial burden but along with the cost of meds it definitely is for some. What's hardest for me is the actual office visit.
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#askADHD I'm on the verge of being misdiagnosed with anxiety, depression and a "habit" of relying on my (abusive) parents to do executive function tasks that has transferred to relying on my partner too much. Prescription: get a social life.

How do I combat this specialist?
In the 3 pages of patient history, he managed to write up a fictional account of my history. Not just filling in bad assumptions but incorrectly reporting things that I know we discussed and I explicitly gave him the correct information.
The actual data looks like it should be ADHD, the symptoms have persisted since childhood. He asked my partner to fill out an observer's report and then explicitly weighted his responses with greater value than mine.
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Am I grouchy because I'm
a) tired
b) my arm hurts more than I think it does
c) hungry
d) a combination of those things
e) Something else entirely

Whoever coded my brain should no longer be working on human-analog machines. #askADHD #Skynet
other options for vague wrongness are under stimulation, which would match the tired feeling given that I was up at 4pm and had to go walk a couple miles this morning or else and it's been an odd executive function day with bursts of focus and then vague dissatisfaction.
Also an adrenaline drop from Thursday's fall and subluxed elbow. Which would go with the not-pain pain.

Why aren't these error flags more specific? I swear my brain runs on Windows 98 and every task is a resource hog so I keep blue screening.
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tw // weight loss
#askADHD

i've been on 50mg elvanse for ages but i think my side effects are coming back ? i've lost a lot of weight since starting it last august and have been on 50mg since december 2020. could my tolerance have decreased ?
i've been getting so so so so anxious when my meds kick in for the last few weeks / months and i can't think of any other reason than there's less of me to medicate than there was before so maybe i'm on too high a dose now ? my heart rate spikes & my breathing gets hella shallow
i'm quite small now (which feels v alien for me to say) and i'm near the maximum dose. i can feel my heart kind of in my throat and i feel like it isn't helping me be productive anymore, it's just making my BFRBs and agoraphobia worse but i'm not gonna see my psych until May :')
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So the really interesting thing I'm finding with this is the diversity of people identifying.
It seems to span age, race, gender, nationality and language - that feels really rare to me, esp when talking about communication which traditionally varies wildly across demos.
Reach on this is relatively low, but engagement is over 20% which is massive (average is 0.5%). The Rt:Like ratio is at 1:2 - social media hat on, this tell me the post is highly 'relatable'.
Like normally, I'm v aware that a lot of my 'this is adhd' musings will be strongly influenced by my whiteness, gender etc.
Like, Hygiene. I know that I, as a white man, have a lot more societal privilege that allows me to get away with, say, forgetting to shower for a few days.
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The scary side of #adhd that not people don’t often talk about:
1. Likely to live up to 20 years less than a neurotypical
2. High addiction propensity
3. Low to No Impulse control
4. How much money that makes you waste.
5. Low inhibition - add alcohol and you’ve got a great situation in which be taken advantage of.
6. You have a bad memory, a really bad memory - admit it.
7. It takes you a long time to mature in some areas.
8. Your brain is predisposed to recording the bad parts.
9. You’ve likely ghosted you fair share or people simply because you don’t understand emotions very well and may avoid the hard stuff.
10. You can have physical pain due to boredom 🤯🤮
11. At some point you may question if you really know yourself.
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Question for female ADHDers:

How have your experiences/ symptoms differed from what you've read/ heard/ seen about ADHD?

What would you like to tell girls who think they might have ADHD?

#askadhd

(Here's one to start off: hormones can affect symptoms and your ability to cope)
Some resources below.

I'd also recommend some female ADHD advocates to follow but like 90% of all ADHD advocates are women, and they're all good.

chadd.org/for-adults/wom…

additudemag.com/gender-differe…
I thought of an important yet obvious one.

You can be a girl and have ADHD.

The diagnosis rates are massively skewed (boys are diagnosed at 3 times the rate of girls) but that doesn't mean girls are less likely to HAVE ADHD.

Girls are just misdiagnosed/ not getting help.
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What advice or information would you guys give to someone just learning about/ figuring out their ADHD?

I have a lot of people following me who suspect they have ADHD or have just been diagnosed, who would definitely find it useful.

#askadhd
I have a few:

Learning to do anything takes time. If you aim for perfection from the start, you're setting yourself to fail.

Coping strategies and good habits aren't learnt overnight. Don't give up just cause you didn't get it right a few hundred times.

Aim for a thousand.
ADHD affects every aspect of our lives.

It affects our sleep, waking up, eating, socializing, memory, emotions, self care, relationships, and much much more.

Failing doesn't make you a failure.

You have difficulties due to factors out of your conscious control.
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-I was having some racing thoughts today & decided to turn on my voice memo to record & #blog about it later-but the recording turned into an outpouring of my #soul that I’m not sure could even come close to the raw emotion felt within my words if I were to put it in writing 1/
Input is welcome from anyone [not just friends I’ve tagged] THANK YOU FOR THE HELP YALL 💓💓💓🙌🏼
#bloggingcommunity #blogging #bloggers #blogoftheday #bloggerstribe #bloggers #askadhd #ADHD #adhdtwitter #AskTwitter
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This Summer I wrote a paper on ADHD comorbid w/AUD. This article mentions that #addiction is more common in those with ADHD. BUT it’s only more common if the ADHD goes un-dx, causing greater chances of “risky behaviors” early-on, leading to addictions.

thespicytherapist.com/how-to-stop-wa…
I felt it important to discuss this so we don’t reinforce stereotypes. While addiction can be common in those with #ADHD - it is, sadly, much more common when DX/treatment wasn’t given early-on or if never a dx/treatment was never given. #adhdtwitter #ADHDers
The reasoning for this is that in adolescence those with un-dx ADHD are have an increased chance of engaging in “risky behaviors” earlier- leading to substance abuse and subsequently addiction.

#ADHD #adhdtwitter #ADHDers
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Making decisions can be incredibly taxing for #ADHD'ers and #ActuallyAutistic folks. Even seemingly inconsequential decisions, like what to eat or wear, can eat away at our energy level or send us spiraling into decision paralysis.

Let’s talk about a few ways to avoid this. 🧵1/
1) Decide ahead of time.

Deciding ahead can give us the time we need to process the information needed for the decision. More importantly, this means we aren’t immediately locked into a choice. We can still change our mind if the information (or our mood) changes. 2/
Having a plan sets our selection to default, and removes the negative consequences of not coming to a decision.

With a default option in place, if we can’t make up our mind we aren’t stuck in an endless loop of indecision. Instead, we just end up with our default 3/
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#AskingAutistics #askADHD #neurodiversesquad
I'm trying to suss out how much of my ability to reprogram my senses is affected by my neurodivergence and how much is having "mind over matter" constantly thrown at me growing up. Examples and further thoughts below.
E.g. "hunger is good actually" and becoming addicted to being hungry, enjoying pain and pressure that would previously have been uncomfortable or would be painful to others.
Although I am very finicky when it comes to temperature, if I'm forced into a scenario outside my comfort, I tell myself this is OK and accept the temperature as what it is and wear inappropriate clothing amounts one way or the other.
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