Doctor and reality star Alex George announced that he has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
The 31-year-old former Love Island candidate is the government’s ambassador for mental health among young people and often uses his social media platforms to engage in conversations about mental and physical health issues.
George shared a message via his Instagram account on Wednesday night, revealing his recent diagnosis.
He wrote: “It’s not easy to write. I’m sitting on my bed and not 100% sure where to start.
“I have suspected for most of my teenage and adult life that I am not like many others around me.
“I struggled when others didn’t and thrived where others found challenges. I’ve tried to hide and blend in for most of my life. Why? My fear has always been that I don’t want to be labeled and judged.
“Why should I be known as a ‘disorder’?
“The turning point for me in finally seeing someone was my stompcast conversation with Toddla T, who gave me the strength to stop burying my head in the sand looking for answers.
“For the last few months I have been evaluated for ‘Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder’ and have now been ‘diagnosed’.”
ADHD is a disorder that affects people’s behavior and can include symptoms such as restlessness and difficulty concentrating.
According to the NHS, most cases of ADHD are diagnosed in children between the ages of three and seven, but it can sometimes be diagnosed later in childhood or even into adulthood.
George went on to explain to his 1.9million Instagram followers that he “hates” the name and the word “disorder,” revealing he’s had a hard time coming to terms with the diagnosis as an adult.
He ended his post by telling his followers: “I still need time to reflect and gather my thoughts but I’m really uncomfortable naming this diagnosis.
“Am I disturbed? The “problem,” or is it that I just don’t fit into the box that society expects of me?
“That’s the question I’d like to know the answer to.
“As always thank you for your love and kindness, social media sometimes gets a bad rap but I have to say some of the strongest moments of human kindness I’ve experienced have been in this place.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/former-love-island-contestant-dr-alex-george-reveals-he-has-adhd-42044042.html Former Love Island contestant Dr. Alex George, announces he has ADHD