Lauren Ash Says She Felt ‘Misunderstood’ Before ADHD Diagnosis: ‘End the Stigma’

Lauren Ash speaks on Instagram/ @laurenelizabethash about being diagnosed with ADHD and ending the stigma surrounding neurodiversity

Lauren Ash is open about the stigma surrounding ADHD.

Lauren Ash wants to end the stigma that “surrounds neurodiversity.”

On Thursday, the “Superstore” actress took to Instagram to share a photo of herself posing in a stunning black and white dress with nude cutouts.

The 39-year-old paired her photo with a caption celebrating neurodiversity.

She began by noting that “dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, and ADHD account for about 70 percent of all neurodevelopmental disorder diagnoses.”

“Even so, I was diagnosed with ADHD in 2021 and felt so relieved,” she continued. “I’ve always felt like my brain works differently in so many ways, and I’ve often felt misunderstood about things I’m struggling with.”

Ash said a big reason she wasn’t diagnosed with ADHD as a child was because she was a “great student at school.”

“No one really knew how hard I worked and how difficult every day was for me,” she wrote, before recalling a time she told a doctor about her being diagnosed with ADHD and “her answer was.” : ,That’s impossible. You ‘are far too successful to have ADHD.'”

“It made me realize how much stigma surrounds neurodiversity, even in the medical community, and how important it is to have conversations through my platform so people learn that this is a deeply wrong way of looking at people with ADHD” , concluded Ash.

In the comments, fans applauded Ash.

“Thank you for your honesty. Opening up about it publicly and normalizing the discussion will help end the stigma!” commented one Instagram user.

Another wrote: “Thanks for spreading awareness!”

“Thank you for this contribution!” Another fan added. “So many adults are ignored by professionals. We have to keep fighting.”

“You truly are a woman of the people Lauren,” shared one commenter alongside a heart emoji.

“Thank you for commenting on this. I am also a successful woman with ADHD and was diagnosed late for the same reason. Thank you for using your platform in this way. It makes a difference,” commented another.

In January, Ash debuted her pink hair to her more than 300,000 Instagram followers and revealed that her new look has “never made her feel like herself.”

“A little taste of my latest photoshoot shot by the amazing @isergiogarcia,” Ash wrote alongside a photo of herself in front of a cement wall wearing a white tank top and black lace choker necklace. “I’m dying because of these pictures. Plus, with this pink hair, I’ve officially entered my Jem era and I’ve never felt myself again!”

“Thanks to my hair angel @guiniushair for making this pink dream come true and to my makeup god @aaronpaulbeauty for this perfect look,” she added.

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