Some sufferers say: It's not my fault that I can't focus, that I'm scattered, that I have a lot of thoughts – I'm neurodiverse.
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There seems to be a lot of people suffering from ADHD these days. A diagnosis often brings relief – and for some, an excuse: that's just who I am! Aren't those affected making it too easy for themselves?

MI haven't been able to go two clicks on the internet in months without coming across a case story that suggests: Everyone is suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) right now. Moderator Eckart von Hirschhausen owns it, as does influencer Marie Nasemann, ex-racing pro Jan Ullrich and entrepreneur Madeleine Alizadeh, to name a few.

What is surprising about these stories is not only their frequency, but also how the people affected tell them. Because narrative is always liberation: I finally have a comprehensive explanation for all my problems, it's not my fault that I often can't focus, that I'm scattered and have a thousand thoughts at once – I'm neurodiverse.