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Table 22 Removing or Curing ADHD

From: Comparison of the burden of illness for adults with ADHD across seven countries: a qualitative study

  Removing or Curing ADHD
  Approximately 85 participants reporting (79%)
Canada It might be good for kids, this magic wand, so they can evolve normally, because as an adult now I’ve learned to live with it, I’ve evolved with it, and here this is where I am because I have had my ADHD for virtually ever, so it’s like even if… okay, it affected my life, you know, two months, six months, a year ago, fine, but I can’t really say it was affecting it that differently. It’s hard to explain, because I am the way I am and I was always like this. I’m a result of all this, so how can I tell you is it because I had ADHD that that affected whatever part of my life, or is it because things happened like that? So I don’t know, it’s hard to explain.
France That’s what makes us different from people with different types of personalities, people who are so-called normal. But I want to take it away because of the suffering, the pain it brings. When something bad happens, I have a physical sensation of feeling bad. I feel nervous. I feel like doing something but I feel like something is hindering me. When I was diagnosed with ADHD, it gave me the feeling that I had a user manual, a road map. Now I know more about what’s the matter with me. I feel more serene. Now I know where my problems come from. I don’t control it yet. I’m hoping the diagnosis will give me better control over myself.
Germany I don’t know, I’m not quite sure. My brother doesn’t have it and he leads a pretty good life I think. And sometimes I’d like to live my life like he does. I’m a little creative as well but I haven’t turned it into my job, so I cannot enjoy it as much. I probably would be glad if I didn’t have it but if I didn’t have it I don’t know what life would be like. Perhaps life would be more boring.
Italy Positive I don’t think. I’d rather not have ADHD sincerely. I think the only positive aspect is that whatever I have had, no matter what happened to me, led me to be the person I am now and I’m happy. Now I’m good like this. […] I said if I might not have it, I’d be better. It’s a dysfunction. […] Apart from saying that now I’m fine with it. I’m one of those who say “Now it’s very good. It could be even better”. If there was the magic pill, I’d absolutely say yes…
The Netherlands Yes, I was. Only it’s just… It’s guessing. I’ve had a fine life, I’ve done everything I wanted, it may seem a bit strange to normal people but I wouldn’t want to do anything different.
United Kingdom I don’t know, I think it’s probably done good for me, for the first part of my life, certain things I was doing. But now, I don’t think I need it anymore, if you know what I mean? I don’t need that to be alert and aware as I have been previously. So, I don’t know, perhaps I need a bit of a break from it. I’d like it gone.
United States My family is really dysfunctional. And my entire life I’ve always just gone through like: oh, well—and really accepting. And I think it’s because with the ADHD I always find something else to replace the negative. Like, oh, I lost a finger—oh, I still have nine more. I’ve never gotten depressed. I’ve never had bad thoughts or anything like that. I’ve always been able to balance it out. And I think if I didn’t have ADHD—the kind of life that I’ve lived is really terrible, you know. I’d really rather not talk about it because I’m not looking for pity or anything like that, but it’s just kept me really happy and really accepting for anything that happens. So that’s a really great side to it.