Stories from Inside: Part 2
We asked participants of the ADHD Corrections Project to share their stories of how ADHD has impacted their lives, and how this might relate to their experience with the criminal justice system. The resulting journal entries, written towards the close of their eight-week group coaching session, were remarkably thoughtful, hopeful, and compelling. While each inmate’s story is unique, we can also recognize in them some of the unfortunate experiences that are all too common among those with ADHD. With the permission of our anonymous authors, we’d now like to share with you these powerful first-person perspectives on the relationship between ADHD and the criminal justice system.
“I think ADHD has affected me in ways that I never knew. First if it wasn’t for me getting tested, I would have never known that I had it. Now that I know, a seen the symptoms, I see that I had it for a very long time. So I think it affected me in a way that brought me here [to prison]. My thinking and lack of awareness had a part of it. Because of the fact that my anger played a big part in it, I think if had controlled it I wouldn’t have got myself in the predicament that I’m in.
The way the DOC has affected me is that being here I’ve learned to control my anger as well as my disruptive thoughts. I tend to think irrational a lot a I need to start controlling that. In here I have become or shall I say I see that I’m hyperactive at times. Sometimes I can control it and other times I can’t”