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Sharing our stories connect us with others and helps them imagine themselves or their loved ones experiencing similar challenges. This can help to shift perspectives, encourage the exploration of other possibilities, and drive action that produces positive change.

Lived experience storytelling, or sharing a recovery narrative, is a powerful way to challenge perceptions. When done safely, connecting a human face to a clinical diagnosis, can break down a listener’s defences and help them hear your message.

The decision to share your ADHD story is a personal one. This guide has been developed to help you assess both the potential benefits and risks associated with lived-experience storytelling so that you can make an informed decision on how to proceed — one that is right for you.

You, and only you, own your story. Sharing your story is an emotional and vulnerable experience. It has the possibility of bringing you unprecedented levels of exposure.

Should you choose to share your ADHD story, this guide will assist you to:

  • Understand the impact language plays in influencing the personal outcomes of others.
  • Write and deliver your personal lived experience recovery story.
  • Take care of yourself throughout the process

If you have any questions about the pros and cons of sharing your story or would like assistance developing or editing your lived experience story, please feel free to email Louise Brown:

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