TikTok accidentally detected my ADHD – The Guardian


TikTok accidentally detected my ADHD. For 23 years everyone missed the warning signs
Matilda Boseley

Learning you have ADHD on TikTok is now such a common phenomenon it has become its own meme, but it can be tricky

‘I’d never been behind at school, I wasn’t hyperactive all the time, I’d never even been that disruptive in class. It wasn’t until I downloaded TikTok that I truly considered I might have ADHD.’

It’s kind of embarrassing to say, but the social media app TikTok figured out I had ADHD before I did.

For 23 years my parents, my teachers, my doctor, my psychologist and my own brain all missed the warning signs, yet somehow it only took that app’s algorithm a few days to accidentally diagnose me.

Growing up I had always had a nagging feeling that everyone else in the world was coping better than I was. Somehow they could remember appointments and deadlines, they had the discipline to keep an updated planner and they didn’t drift off daydreaming in the middle of important conversations.


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