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“Anxiety was a subject that would sometimes come up on playdates. My best friend also has ADHD and we were having the same issues from a pretty young age. We both deal with anxiety, with both deal with depression, and we both deal with ADHD. We have a lot of compassion for each other. We've been friends since sixth grade and we're still best friends to this day. I was just in her wedding.

As teenagers, we would talk about issues we were having with friends, anxiety over boys, struggling with school, and teachers giving us a hard time. I remember in high school

I had certain teachers that didn't know how to work with students with ADHD or special needs in general.

They just did not understand accommodations or did not want to give them to me. The accommodations I typically got were extended time on tests, extended time on assignments, and sometimes a distraction-free testing zone. In college, I could get a note taker if I wanted. But I had professors who would say, ‘I don't want to give you extra time because it's not fair to everyone else.’ I'm like, the reason I have accommodations is to make it fair to me. It’s not like I'm not taking away from other students. I'm making it so that I'm on a level playing field with them. And I had professors that just could not understand that.”


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