My name is Drew Rafaella Dakessian. I’m a 27-year-old writer from Southwest Portland, OR and an alumna of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies master’s degree program at Oregon State University.
I was diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the most common neuropsychiatric disorder of childhood in the United States, when I was 5. Over two decades later I still have it — chronically and severely. My disability impacts every area of my life, but I do agree with the popular belief that ADHD is a blessing and not a curse for two reasons:
- It has made me tolerant, humorous, and resilient.
- It has given me something to write about.